LLB (Hons)

Law with Criminology

LLB Law with Criminology
  • UCAS code(s): M1L3
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years
  • Entry requirements: More information

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 Qualifying Law 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 accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, meaning you can progress on to further legal training if you choose to, with the opportunity to specialise in criminal law.

Why choose this course?

  • It is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as a Qualifying Law Degree.
  • You will study specialist topics in relation to victims, offenders and specific crimes.
  • You can take part in our International Summer School Scheme.
  • 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 Law Society, LEX, 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 apply for entry to our Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course which is the next stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister.
  • 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

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. NTU’s Criminology degree was one of the first to be launched in the UK and you will be able to select specialist modules in relation to victims, offenders and specific crimes.

  • Year One

    Law of Contract and Problem Solving

    This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the law of contract covering a range of topics including: underlying theories, terms, remedies and problem solving to develop students ability to apply the law and solve legal problems.

    Legal Method

    The Legal Methods module introduces you to the concept and classification of law. To produce graduates with knowledge and understanding of the English and Welsh legal system and of common law legal systems generally.

    Public Law and Human Rights

    This module develops your understanding of constitutional law with particular reference to the main institutions of the state. You will explore the power relationship between the individual and the state and the legal protection of the liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK. You will also develop your understanding of the law and practice of Judicial Review.

    Explaining Criminal Behaviour

    The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to a range of theoretical explanations for crime and criminality. The module explores the differing approaches adopted by schools of thought from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and criminology, identifying developments in criminological thought and the role of criminology in society from the medieval era through to contemporary trends in criminological thought.

    Introduction to Criminal Justice System

    This module aims to provide you with a clear introduction and overview of the UK criminal justice system (CJS), 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. The module explores the key underpinnings of the CJS including the central management organisations of the CJS.

  • Year Two

    Core Modules

    Criminal Law with Mooting

    To provide you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, evaluative and application skills in the context of the criminal law, in particular through the development and practice of mooting skills, and to enhance your employability. In order to achieve this the module covers a range of topics including: general defences, theft and fraud and mooting.

    Law of Torts and Case Analysis

    The Law of Torts and case analysis module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of The Law of Torts and develop your ability to derive relevant legal reasoning from case law and to assess the merits of such legal reasoning. The module covers negligence, liability, nominate torts and case analysis skills.

    European Union Law with Group Presentation Skills

    This module will provide you with an international perspective combining commercial, political and social elements within a core legal context, whilst developing your knowledge and understanding of European Union law. As well as your ability to apply the law and to solve legal problems, you will also practise and develop team-working and communication skills.

    Policing in a Democratic Society

    The aim of this module is to examine the development and current status of the police service in England and Wales with particular attention paid to structure, functions, powers and culture. It provides you with an appreciation of the core principles which underpin policing whilst also examining how the police service operates; the police officer’s law enforcement powers; and the role of the police in the criminal justice process.

    Penology

    This module adopts a critical approach to theoretical and practical understandings of punishment, penalty and penal institutions in England and Wales. Specifically, this module seeks to provide you with an appreciation of the evolution, conditions and structure of the modern penal system, and the challenges that the current incarnation of penal administration – the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) – faces in delivering effective penal policy in England and Wales.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Path to Professional Practice

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

    Or:

    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 guidance throughout the process and expertise in your chosen area.

    Plus:

    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 Applied Legal Analysis

    Acquire high-level knowledge of the Law of Trusts and develop the ability to examine decided cases in detail. You will learn how to apply your legal knowledge, undertaking structured analysis of complex fact patterns relating to the classification, generation and management of properties.

    Optional modules

    Choose two criminology modules from the following option groups:

    Options Group One

    Young People and Crime

    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:

    Miscarriages of Justice

    Explore problems surrounding the delivery of justice in England and Wales through providing a comprehensive analysis of miscarriages of justice. The module examines the nature, forms, causes and scale of miscarriages of justice, in both historical and contemporary contexts.

    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.

    Choose one of the following Law option modules:

    Commercial Law

    To enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of commercial law within a practical and business context. The module will cover a range of topics including the transfer of property and risk, title conflicts and agency and authority.

    Company Law

    This module will allow you to acquire high-level knowledge and understanding of Company Law. In order to achieve this the module covers a number of topics including different types of business organisations, company constitutions and minority shareholder protection.

    Comparative Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the essential characteristics of a variety of different foreign legal systems and to enable you to critically compare and contrast such characteristics with each other and with the essential characteristics of 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? These questions are central to the study of legal theory and are thoroughly and critically examined in this module.

    Employment Law

    To provide the opportunity for you to gain knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of employment law and the context within which they operate. The module covers both collective employment law and individual employment law.

    Evidence

    To provide you with knowledge and understanding of the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, providing an introduction to the law of evidence. The module also comprises a range of other topics such as silence, hearsay and confessions.

    Family Law

    To introduce the principal themes of English family law and to place them in a social and political context, covering a range of topics including divorce law, civil partnership and domestic violence protection.

    Human Rights

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of human rights in an international context and appreciation of the social and political context of human rights covering topics such as nature of human rights, right to life and right to a fair trial.

    Immigration and Asylum Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the principal themes of UK Immigration and Asylum Law and to examine such law in its social, historical and political contexts; to consider the scope for reform. Covering a number of topics including; asylum support schemes, detention of asylum seekers and illegal workings.

    Intellectual Property Law

    The intellectual property module provides you with knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law, its rationales, its economic function within the legal environment and of the international influences on the practice of the law. Topics covered on this module include the law of copyright and awareness of design law.

    International Commercial Insurance Law

    This module covers a broad range of topics including the contractual, commercial and regulatory environment of the insurance market in the UK and the EEA and the law and practice of insurance in England & Wales; in order to develop your knowledge and understanding of insurance law.

    International Competition Law

    This module gives you the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of International Competition Law and the underlying theories and policies. Covering a range of topics which include cartels and the international enforcement of competition law.

    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.

    Law in Practice*

    This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree. You will undertake at least 50 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.

    Laws of Armed Conflict

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the sources, context, development and scope of modern international laws relating to armed conflict, war crimes, terrorism and the self-determination of peoples. To develop your critical awareness of current issues in respect of international laws of armed conflict and of their historical, social and political context together with relevant transferable intellectual and professional skills.

    Medical Law

    To provide you with knowledge and understanding of the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care. To produce graduates with transferable intellectual and professional skills who have developed the ability to apply the law and solve medico-legal problems.

    Mooting

    To enable you to identify, use and develop a range of techniques in advocacy, legal and logical reasoning and argument through the medium of mooting. The module covers a range of topics including written pleadings and 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

    To develop your awareness of the concept of sexuality from legal, moral and sociological perspectives, balancing the needs of the victim and the defendant. In order to achieve this the module covers a range of topics including; morality and the law, freedom of sexual expression and sexual behaviour.

    United States Law

    To develop your knowledge and understanding of the essential characteristics of the United States legal system and to enable you to critically compare and contrast such characteristics with the essential characteristics of the English legal system.

    * The Law in Practice module may be selected in place of but not together with the Independent Research Project.

Combine your study of law with modules from Nottingham Trent University's long-established Criminology degree.

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.

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.
  • Melanie King and Edward Mosley, members of the Law School Employability Team who were nominated by students for the Outstanding Teaching 2016 – Student Support Award. Edward Mosley went on to win the award.
  • Senior Lecturer and Pro Bono Director Nick Johnson who also won an Outstanding Teaching Award, voted for by students in recognition of his teaching and support for volunteer projects in the Law School.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework 17%, written 66% and practical 17%
  • Year 2 written 67% and practical 33%
  • Year 3 coursework 57%, written 33% and practical 10%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops  23%, independent study  77%
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops  23%, independent study  77%
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops  21%, independent study  79%

Careers and employability

Your career development

A Law degree is highly valued and provides a solid foundation for a variety of careers. 96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

If you complete your LLB with us and gain a 2.2 or above we will guarantee you a place on our excellent LLM Legal Practice Course for intending solicitors. If you are interested in a career as a barrister there is also the opportunity to progress on to our highly-regarded LLM Bar Professional Training Course.

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.

96% of our undergraduate Law School students are employed or engaged in further study six months after graduating (DLHE, undergraduate leavers 2015-16).

Further information on facilities

Ask us about pro bono opportunities for students at our Legal Advice Centre.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4262

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Students have the opportunity to practise pro bono in the Legal Advice Centre, our onsite teaching law firm.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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

The UCAS Tariff

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

What are we looking for?

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

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.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?

Contact our NTU Admissions Team.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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The Apply button at the top of this page will take you through to the UCAS website.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Further information on fees and funding

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

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