Law with Criminology

LLB Hons

  • UCAS code MM12
  • Entry year 2024 or 2025
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 years

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Overview

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Are you interested in developing practical legal knowledge and an understanding of crime, criminology and criminal justice? This 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.

During the degree you will analyse the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of crime and criminal justice, taking an in-depth look at the social circumstances of offending, policies regulating crime, and the social response to criminal activity. The degree draws on the Law School’s expertise in criminal law, international human rights, organised crime, youth justice, cybercrime, policing, prisons and punishment, sex work, hate crime, drugs and substance abuse and gender-based violence.

You will be taught by lecturers who are actively engaged in research, informing policy and public debate related to criminological and legal issues. We are rated 6th in the UK for the impact of our research, with 88% of our research impact rated "outstanding" in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021).

Programme Overview

Your first year will introduce you to core criminological and legal concepts and perspectives, including criminal law, the English legal system and explanations for crime and offending behaviour. During your second year you will explore a broad range of criminological and legal perspectives, consider how to ‘do’ criminological research and be able to choose a range of optional modules which explore various criminological and legal controversies and issues.

By year three, you will have the choice to study specialist subjects in depth from our range of optional modules. You will also explore key legal issues in depth, such as Equity and Trusts.

Networking opportunities

We have strong links to Chambers, Law firms and related professions from across the UK, including magic circle firms from London. We usually host alumni visits and lectures, and a Law Fair, which is typically attended by lawyers (including trainees, associates and partners) and members of their recruitment teams. All of this should help you to make professional connections, learn more about their firms, and get a head start on your career in Law.

Our student-run Law Society usually organises a wide range of extracurricular activities including mooting and negotiation competitions (typically judged by barristers and members of the judiciary). In recent years they have organised a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, and a careers dinner. Each event is designed to help you build your peer and employer networks.

Careers

Your degree can open doors to a wide range of careers within, and beyond, the legal sector. We carefully devise, structure and support our degree programmes to help you prepare for the next step towards a career of your choosing.

Throughout your time at Lancaster University Law School you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop excellent subject-specific knowledge
  • Enhance your range of transferable skills
  • Secure practical legal experience (subject to availability of places)
  • Work on your ability to speak in public, present confidently, and think on your feet
  • Access a extra-curricular activities
  • Gain insight into future options and be guided by a dedicated Careers Officer

All of this will help to optimise your ability to stand out in a crowded employment marketplace. Your degree could lead to a rewarding job in the public, private or third sector, such as:

  • Practising lawyer (Barrister or Solicitor; In-house lawyer; Government Legal Service; CPS; Law Centre work; CAB; Court personnel; Clerk in Chambers)
  • Paralegal
  • Accountancy and taxation
  • Finance
  • Civil service
  • Media
  • Police
  • Conveyancing
  • Court reporting
  • Military/Military legal services
  • Political/Governmental career
  • Legal education

Wider roles with a need for legal understanding include: Legal Recruitment Consultant, Chartered Company Secretary, Compliance Officer and Investment Banker.

Some of our graduates go on to Graduate Training Schemes or pursue opportunities with: Civil Service, Ministry of Justice, Probation Service, HM Courts and Tribunal Service, HMRC, Local Government and Trading Standards.

An undergraduate degree can also lead on to further study or academia and we have a wide range of postgraduate programmes.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Fees and funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

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£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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