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Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): M1L3
  • Start Date(s):
  • Duration: Three years
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:

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Introduction:

A fascinating degree that combines our expertise in Law and Criminology to prepare you for employment in the legal profession and criminal justice system.

This degree draws upon our established expertise in both Law and Criminology, allowing you to gain a multidisciplinary view of crime. The course has an applied, practical focus, which provides sound preparation for a career in the legal or criminal justice system. Like all our courses at Nottingham Law School, this degree is compliant with the requirements of the SRA and the BSB for the purposes of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales, meaning you can progress on to further legal training if you choose to.

Why choose this course?

  • All of our degrees are compliant with the requirements of the SRA and the BSB for the purposes of professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales.
  • You will study specialist topics in relation to victims, offenders and specific crimes.
  • You can take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
  • Work on a business/law project with our Employer Challenge.
  • You will gain a Certificate in Professional Practice by undertaking mini-placements during vacations.
  • You will benefit from our renowned expertise in mooting. You will take a mooting module and can get involved in international and national mooting competitions for which we have a winning track record.
  • You can join our thriving LEX Student Law Society and get involved with a range of sporting, social, and networking activities.
  • You will learn in outstanding facilities, including a suite of authentic mock courtrooms and mooting rooms.
  • Upon graduation you can choose to apply for our LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) or onto one of our courses preparing you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. It also enables you to progress on to the LLM Barristers Training Course (BTC) or PGDip BTC for intending barristers.
  • 90% of our Nottingham Law School graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of finishing their degrees (of those available for work or study, latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

All of our courses are designed to provide our students with a number of work-based learning opportunities. We now offer the two following modules on all of our undergraduate courses, these modules have been designed to help you prepare for your future career.

In the final year: Applied Legal Knowledge (Legal Advice Centre) - Criminal and Business Practice

Learn how to put theory into practice by revisiting areas of core law modules from a practical and professional skills-based perspective, accompanied by workshops in the School’s Legal Advice Centre.

In Year Two: Applied Legal Knowledge - Civil Practice

This module enhances your fundamental understanding of the core law modules of contract and tort through work-based learning within a professional legal context.

Our exciting new Employer Challenge

The Employer Challenge is an exciting new initiative. During your second year module Applied Legal Knowledge - Civil Practice, you will work on a legal or business related challenge set for you by a professional employer. It is a chance for you to make a real difference to their business by working on a current or hypothetical issue facing them. After meeting with your employer and receiving your challenge, you will be guided by a tutor to research the issue and develop your recommended solution. You, or your team, will get to present your results to your challenger a few weeks later and see what they think. There will be team and individual challenges, but you are assessed individually based on a reflective report, written by you after feedback from your challenger.

What you’ll study

This course has an applied, practical focus which aims to develop your key skills for working life. It provides a sound grounding in English law, which allows you to progress on to further legal training, and also addresses the foundational areas of crime and criminal justice. You will be able to select specialist modules in relation to victims, offenders and specific crimes.

We are currently reviewing our Criminology modules to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

Law of Contract and Problem Solving

Develop your understanding of the law of contract.  You will study the underlying theories and classifications of contracts and learn how to apply your knowledge to solve legal problems.

Legal and Professional Environment

Gain a foundational knowledge and understanding of the legal system in England and Wales.  Develop transferable intellectual, employability and professional skills.

Public Law and Research Skills

Examine and research constitutional law concepts to develop an understanding of the relationship between the individual and the state.  Exploring the protection of liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK.

Explaining Criminal Behaviour

Explore the theoretical explanations for crime and criminality offered by schools of thought from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and criminology.

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Providing students with a clear introduction and overview of the UK criminal justice system, in particular its origins, structure, functions and development, as well as examining the impact of social issues such as gender, age, ethnicity and social class upon and within the system.

Core Modules

Applied Legal Knowledge - Civil Practice

Enhance your fundamental understanding of the law by revisiting areas of core law modules from a new practical and professional skills-based perspective.

Criminal Law with Mooting

Expand your knowledge of criminal law and develop practical mooting skills that will enhance your employability.  You will learn how to argue within a ground of appeal, how to research and write skeleton arguments, and how to use legal language effectively.

Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

The law of torts concerns civil wrongs, and in this module you will learn to interpret case law, determine relevant legal principles, and assess the merits of legal reasoning.

International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentations

Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of international and European Union law, while developing team working and presentation skills.

Policing in a Democratic Society

Study the history and development of the British police, the core functions and powers of police officers, and the key issues for British policing today.

Penology

Understand the evolution, conditions and structure of the modern penal system whilst exploring the key debates in penology and the future of punishment delivery.

Core modules

Land Law and Professional Advice

Apply rules to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership.  You will study the distinction between real and personal property, and begin to draft professional advice in a property law context.

Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and examine decided cases in detail. Learn how to apply your legal knowledge to the classification of property, creation and dispositions of property interests and management of trust property.

Plus:

Path to Professional Practice

Develop key transferable skills in preparation for professional practice.  You’ll hone your legal writing, drafting, negotiation and client-interviewing skills through a series of case scenarios and related case materials.

Or:

Applied Legal Knowledge (Legal Advice Centre) - Criminal and Business Practice

Learn how to put theory into practice by revisiting areas of core law modules from a practical and professional skills-based perspective, accompanied by workshops in the School’s Legal Advice Centre.

Or:

Law in Practice

Develop key transferable skills in preparation for professional practice.  You’ll hone your legal writing, drafting, negotiation and client-interviewing skills through a series of case scenarios and related case materials. You will undertake at least 35 hours' work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

Plus choose one module from the below options:

Commercial Law

Enhance your understanding of commercial law within a practical and business context.

Company Law

Acquire high-level knowledge of company law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics, including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights, and the dissolution of companies.

Comparative Law

An introduction to the essential characteristics of different foreign legal systems. Learn to critically compare and contrast these systems, both with each other and with the English legal system.

Critical Legal Thinking

What makes a legal argument good or bad? Can legal decisions be justified by purely rational argument, or are they ultimately determined by more subjective influences? Explore these questions in this module designed for those with an interest in law, philosophy and human reasoning.

Current Issues in International Law

You will be introduced to foundational theories and current issues in international law, including access to justice, security issues, counter terrorism and criminal justice.

Employment Law

Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve employment law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

Evidence

Study the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, and learn how to apply the law of evidence to factual situations.

Family Law

An introduction to the principal themes of English Family Law including marriage, divorce law, civil partnership, cohabitation, protection against domestic violence, and parental responsibility.

Human Rights

Develop your understanding of human rights in an international context, exploring topics including the right to life, the right to a fair trial, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression.

Immigration and Asylum Law

Study the principal themes of UK immigration and asylum law and consider the scope for reform. You will learn about the current legal framework of immigration, international refugee law and asylum.

Independent Legal Research Project

Plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide expertise in your chosen area and guide you throughout the process.

Intellectual Property Law

An introduction to intellectual property law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

Insurance Law

Study the contractual, commercial and regulatory environment of the insurance market in the UK.

International Competition Law

Explore the differing approaches to international competition law and the key institutions and initiatives. You will develop your knowledge of the role of economic theory and consider future developments.

International Criminal Justice

An introduction to the key elements of international criminal justice - the body of laws and procedures by which individuals are held criminally responsible, at an international level, for serious offences such as genocide and war crimes.

International Trade Law

Provides the professional skills required in a modern commercial environment. You will learn about the international sale and carriage of goods, and about the application of principles to solve international trade disputes.

Laws of Armed Conflict

Develop your knowledge of the international laws relating to armed conflict, terrorism, and the self-determination of peoples. Consider the growth and scope of modern international war crimes and current debates in the field.

Medical Law

Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care, and apply the law to solve medico-legal problems.

Mooting

Develop a range of advocacy techniques through the medium of mooting. This module covers a range of topics including written pleadings, courtroom etiquette, and the skills of oral advocacy.

Public International Law

Enhance your understanding of public international law and related current legal issues.

Sexuality and the Law

Develop an awareness of the concept of sexuality from legal, moral and sociological perspectives, balancing the needs of the victim and the defendant.

Sports Law

Acquire knowledge of the law pertaining to the regulation of sporting activity and an appreciation of the impact of globalisation on sports law.

United States Law

Understand the essential characteristics of law in the United States and critically compare and contrast these characteristics with those of the English legal system.

And:

Choose two criminology modules from the following option groups:

Options Group One

Young People, Crime and Justice

This module provides an overview of the historical development of the juvenile justice system in Britain, highlighting key themes and criminological models that have emerged in response to the growing concern about this specific group of offenders.

Or:

Sex and Violent Crimes

This module explores sexual and violent crime from both a historical and sociocultural perspective. It includes an insight into the central statutory and voluntary response agencies and key developments in legislative provisions.

Options Group Two

Drugs and Society

This module is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the wider social context of drug use through the provision of a historical perspective to illustrate the way that drugs, including alcohol, have been subject to moral censure and regulation as attempts to control the intoxication of problematic groups.

Or:

Cultural Criminology

This module provides you with insights into less traditional or ‘evolving’ explanations of criminality, often associated with behaviours that may be deemed anti social or ‘delinquent’ in nature.

Options Group Three

High-Tech Crime

This module examines the evolution and dynamics of offending, and the implications for wider society, of the main forms of crime and deviance taking place on the Internet.

Or:

International Crime

The module explores a variety of contemporary international crime issues in order to develop an understanding of the benefits and limitations of designing and implementing an international crime response framework.


Please note: the criminology modules are currently under review and may be subject to change. Please check the course details before applying for the latest information.

Further information on what you'll study

Optional modules may be closed if they reach maximum capacity in terms of numbers. We reserve the right not to run an optional module if the number of students registering for it is below the minimum threshold. For this course, the threshold is 36. If a module is closed or does not run students will be advised of alternative relevant modules they may choose from.

Our criminology modules are currently under review and may be subject to change. Please check the course details before applying for the latest information.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Alishia Dennehy

Law, criminology and justice

As part of the Legal Advice Centre's Pro Bono Team, I would go to a local community centre and give legal advice.

Laura Hush

Law, criminology and justice

My advice to anyone considering coming here is to attend an open day and get a feel for the place. It definitely worked for me!

How you’re taught

Skills are integral to the course and you will build and refine these as your degree progresses. Initially you will focus on the key skills of problem-solving, case analysis, report writing, and teamwork. You will also be introduced to oral presentation through the mooting module.

In Years Two and Three these core skills will be developed to a more advanced level. You will be expected to address more complex, multi-issue assignments and apply legal analysis. Assignments will require increasing levels of independent research and critical evaluation and your writing will become more specialised, focusing on specific client advice with reasoned and logical arguments.

Each module is delivered through a series of lectures and there will be regular seminars linked to each lecture, which provides the opportunity to enhance your understanding through critical evaluation of your own reading and debate.

All our LLB courses operate within a common framework. This not only ensures consistently high standards but also means that should your circumstances change then we are normally able to facilitate a change in your programme and study mode. You should discuss any request to change course with your personal tutor.

Lecture Capture

Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a diverse range of methods that reflect the skills required. You will take part in oral presentations, mooting exercises, cases analysis, research projects, group projects, problem-solving assignments, and both seen and unseen examinations.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Learn from the experts

The majority of our teaching staff are professionally qualified and experienced solicitors or barristers and are experts within their research fields, ensuring that you will be taught with a real-life context and a focus upon practical relevance and impact.

Our staff have won a number of awards including:

  • Matthew Homewood who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. This was in recognition for his use of technology and making a real difference to the student experience.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops  24%, independent study  76%
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops  25%, independent study  75%
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops  21%, independent study  79%

Staff Profiles

Samantha Pegg

Principal Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Samantha Pegg

Morgan Shimwell

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

Morgan Shimwell is a Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School. His role involves teaching undergraduate students and is the co-module leader of the first year module Public Law and…

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework 33%, written 50% and practical 17%
  • Year 2 coursework 18%, written 57% and practical 25%
  • Year 3 coursework 57, written 33% and practical 10%

Careers and employability

Your career development

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers.

Upon completion of your degree you can choose to apply for our LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) or onto one of our courses preparing you for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam. It also enables you to progress on to the LLM Barristers Training Course (BTC) or PGDip BTC for intending barristers.

We do encourage you to submit your application for these courses as early as possible to avoid disappointment. These courses can reach maximum capacity prior to the course start date.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Starting in September 2021, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is a new common assessment that those wishing to qualify as a solicitor must pass. We’ve been preparing for the implementation of the new SQE system since the SRA decided to make the changes. As the SRA finalise different parts of the system, we are incorporating them into our courses. Find out more about the SQE and what it means for you.

A Law degree doesn't just have to lead to a career as a solicitor or barrister however. On this LLB course you will gain a host of transferable skills and an appreciation of the law and criminal justice system that many employers will value. In the last few years our graduates have gone on to positions including:

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • in-house counsel
  • trade mark attorney
  • trade union consultant
  • freedom of information adviser
  • human resources officer
  • investment banker
  • auditor
  • victim support caseworker
  • review and features editor
  • quantity surveyor
  • business development manager
  • sports marketing analyst.

Excellent placement opportunities

You will find the work experience associated with this course invaluable in the employment market. You'll gain vital real-life skills that will make you stand out from the crowd and enhance your employability.

We encourage all students to obtain relevant work experience during the vacations. If you undertake at least ten weeks' relevant work experience this will be recognised by our Certificate in Professional Practice. This qualification demonstrates you have developed practical skills and work-based competencies. You will be responsible for organising your own placements with the support of the University. You will receive an introduction to the Certificate and advice on securing placements in the first year.

You can also work towards the University's Acceler8 Employability Award which has been designed to provide formal recognition for everything you achieve outside of your studies.

Campus and facilities

Nottingham Law School is based in the Chaucer building on the City Campus. It is a vibrant place to study with fantastic facilities and accommodation just a few minutes' walk from everything Nottingham has to offer. Not only will you study in outstanding lecture theatres and seminar rooms, but the Law School has also invested in:

  • a mock courtroom
  • family courtroom
  • four mooting rooms to enhance your mooting and advocacy experience in an authentic environment
  • the NLS Legal Advice Centre.

The NLS Legal Advice Centre is our onsite teaching law firm which has been granted Alternative Business Structure status by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, enabling students to practise pro bono under the supervision of a qualified solicitor.

You'll also have access to a great combination of facilities on the City Campus, including:

  • the 24-hour Boots Library, with learning resources specific to your course
  • IT open areas in the Newton and Chaucer buildings
  • Nottingham Trent Student Union, including sports facilities, a shop, cafes and music venues
  • a range of student accommodation.

We've recently invested a massive £90 million into our buildings and facilities, providing you with inspiring places to learn, relax with friends and share ideas.

As a student you will also have access to our virtual learning environment (NOW), which allows you to access your university timetable, NTU email, module documents and the NTU online library from your own laptop, anywhere at any time.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE Maths or Science and English grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels: BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSE Maths or Science and English grade C / 4.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created a UCAS Tariff calculator to help you work it out.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation course page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

For those students who choose to take a placement year: students will be expected to pay for all accommodation, visas, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books
Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips
All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements
If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

For those students who choose to take a placement year: students will be expected to pay for all accommodation, visas, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Print and copy costs
The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

How to apply

We've created application guidance pages to help you with the applying process. If you find yourself struggling at all, try these pages and hopefully you'll find the answers you're looking for.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! For hints and tips on what to write, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. You may need a visa to study here, so you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to NTU, please visit our how to apply page. Here you will be able to find information on applying for a visa.

Struggling to write your personal statement? We have prepared a helpful guide for this too.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

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