Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)

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UCAS Code
M1L6
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019
Accredited
Yes

Overview

If you’re interested in law and criminological theory and practice, this LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology degree course will match your interests.

The course is a qualifying law degree (QLD), which means it gives you the core legal knowledge to progress to the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to train as a solicitor or barrister. In your final year, you can also choose to take the CILEx Graduate fast-track diploma. This allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive following further professional experience.

As well as core legal subjects, you’ll get to choose from various optional units to suit your own interests. These currently include Commercial Law and White Collar Crime.

After the course, you could continue your legal training or take up employment in sectors such as the police or the probation service. You could also continue your studies on a Master’s degree.

Professional accreditations

This course is professionally accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

These accreditations show that the course gives you the skills and knowledge you need to complete the undergraduate portion of your academic training as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.

This degree course is a qualifying law degree which means that you are able to move straight to solicitors' professional examinations (LPC) without the need for an extra year of study.

95% Graduates in work or further study (Unistats data on DLHE, 2017)

100% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this course, you can:

  • Bring what you learn to life in mock trials in our replica of a crown court, complete with dock, witness box, public gallery, jury room and interview room
  • Use your skills advising members of the public on a variety of aspects of the law, by working in one of our community settings
  • Opt for the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma (Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice) in your final year, which allows you to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer when you get further experience after the course
  • Join our student law society and take part in team competitions such as negotiation and mooting
  • Develop your understanding of the key issues in criminology

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you could progress to a graduate training scheme, go straight into employment in the private, public or voluntary sector, or continue your studies.

If you chose a career in law, you can do the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC), which are the traditional routes to becoming a barrister or solicitor.

If you take the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma unit in your final year, you can work as legal executive or paralegal when you graduate and become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer following 3 years of qualifying employment. This gives you similar career opportunities to barristers and solicitors.

The course also prepares you for graduate training schemes and other roles where you can use your knowledge and experience of law and criminology. For example, in the police force, probation service or prison service.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • fraud auditor
  • police officer
  • criminal management officer in a firm of solicitors
  • designated detention officer
  • paralegal
  • business development executive

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Public Law
  • Understanding Criminology
  • Criminal Justice

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Land Law
  • Substantive Law of Tort
  • Questioning Criminology
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Research and Professional Development

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Employment Law
  • Family and Child Law
  • Police, Law and Community
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Language
  • Commercial Law
  • Advocacy Practice and Theory
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Medical Law
  • Streetlaw
  • White Collar crime
  • Law of Succession

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Equity and Trusts
  • EU Law
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Contemporary Criminologies

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Company Law
  • Family and Child Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • CILEx Level 6 Practice Papers
  • Public International Law
  • Advocacy Practice and Theory
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Jurisprudence and Ethics
  • Medical Law
  • Law of Succession
  • Streetlaw
  • White Collar crime

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

I chose to study law and criminology to fulfil my long term ambition to become a solicitor specialising in crime.

Sarah King, LLB Hons Law with Criminology student

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience to boost your career prospects further.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year with support from our placements office.

You'll get support in choosing and applying for placements that fit your aspirations, whether you want to work in a legal or non-legal context.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • clinical legal training
  • practical learning in our mock court

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework essays
  • presentations
  • participation in mock trials
  • written moot arguments

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 43% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 50% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 23% by written exams, 12% by practical exams and 65% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 52% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 43% by coursework 

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – M1L6
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.