What Will You Study
Interested in developing practical legal knowledge and an understanding of crime, criminology and criminal justice? This qualifying Law degree is taught by the world-leading, research-active academics based in our prestigious Law School. They will introduce you to core topics in Criminology and Law and you will explore the connections between the two disciplines as you develop both specialist and transferable skills. You will analyse the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of crime and criminal justice, looking at the social circumstances of offending, policies regulating crime, and the social response to criminal activity.
You will benefit from our strong links to Chambers, Law firms and related professions from across the UK, including magic circle firms from London. We host a judicial lecture series, alumni visits and lectures, and a Law Fair, which is your chance to meet lawyers (including trainees, associates and partners) and members of their recruitment teams.
The University also has excellent connections with local Criminal Justice Agencies, such as Lancashire Police and HMP Lancashire Farm. Students are able to visit the prison and engage in collaborative learning, as well as undertaking a module analysing data from Lancashire Police; this data is then often used by the force. All of this helps you to make professional connections, learn more about Law firms and Criminal Justice Agencies, and get a head start on your chosen career.
Our student-run Law Society provides you with a wide range of extracurricular activities including mooting and negotiation competitions (judged by barristers and members of the judiciary), a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, and a careers dinner. Each event is designed to help you build your peer and employer networks.
You can take part in initiatives such as our newly-launched Law Clinic which gives you real-world experience providing free legal advice to members of the local community. Our Miscarriages of Justice Project gives you the chance to work on real criminal cases alongside practising lawyers as they support prisoners who maintain their innocence and have exhausted their appeal rights. Through the Street Law project you can gain experience in schools and organisations, advising and supporting them on specific areas of law. Volunteering opportunities with the Citizens Advice Bureau or Lancashire Constabulary's Special Constables are on offer via Lancaster University’s Student Union.
Your degree can be the first step towards a career as a solicitor or barrister but Law with Criminology graduates are also in demand beyond these roles. You may consider the following professional areas: criminal investigations, offender Management, Youth Justice, Restorative justice and Crime prevention. At Lancaster, you will develop the skills required to negotiate competently, work effectively in a team, speak in public and be confident when presenting information in variety of formats - all are highly prized by employers. Many of our graduates choose further study (Legal Practice Course, Bar Professional Training Course, LLM and MSc programmes) or enrol in graduate training schemes with the Police, the Probation Service, the Civil Service, and the Crown Prosecution Service.