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Law with Criminology
Undergraduate course
LLB (Hons)

Law with Criminology

Law
International Scholarships available

Overview

This course combines the essential elements of a law degree with the study of criminology to enable you to gain an insight into criminal behaviour, policing and criminal justice. Your legal studies will be enhanced by your understanding of criminology as you explore current responses to crime and develop your understanding of current and past legislation.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total. Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Changes to legal education and training
Legal education and training is currently under detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review will examine the routes currently open and the qualifications required to become a solicitor or barrister, and includes a reflection on changes to and removal of existing routes, as well as the possibility of establishing new ones. 

Currently, students can complete a qualifying law degree, the Graduate Diploma Law (GDL) and then the Legal Practice Course (LPC) to qualify as a solicitor or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to become a barrister; this will remain unchanged until August 2020 for solicitors and August 2019 for barristers. 

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have issued a common protocol for guidance. This can be found by visiting the SRA website.  

Our guest lecture series sees leading figures from the legal profession visit Leeds Law School to share their ideas and experience. You will have access to the lectures digitally, so you can benefit even if you are unable to attend in person. Past speakers have included politician and human rights activist Baroness Chakrabarti and Keir Starmer QC, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Leeds Law School will support you to attend events that will cultivate a range of skills to prepare you for the work place, as well giving you opportunities to meet a variety of employers from legal and non-legal professionals who could help you plan your career path.

You will have the opportunity to add valuable experience to your CV during your third year through the University?s study or work abroad programme.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Part-time study available
  • Sandwich year
  • University accommodation
Transforming law: "We must ensure that our legal education keeps pace with social, economic, technological and political evolution." - Deveral Capps - Leeds Law School / "Well designed law degrees provide a unique skillset that means our students can make a real contribution in a changing world" - Dr Jessica Guth - Leeds Law School-
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Entry Requirements

80
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Natalie Milnes

Careers

Natalie Milnes
Real Estate Associate DLA Piper

LLB (Hons) Law

“From a young age, I was keen to work in the legal field. My degree triggered my interest in property law and laid the foundations for a really stimulating career. I now specialise in commercial property and manage the portfolios of some big-name clients.

Teaching and learning

This is a qualifying law degree and you will gain the knowledge and skills you will need to become professionally qualified. You will be able to analyse and challenge contemporary issues in law and specialise to match your career aspirations through criminology and law option modules. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

You will study six core law modules in your first year. Five of the modules will see you study law foundation subjects and one will enable you to start planning your career and developing your employability skills.
Core Modules

This module will introduce you to the study of law and the English legal system. You will start to develop the key skills you will need to acquire and apply legal knowledge, and you will gain an understanding the personnel, structure, the law making and the judicial reasoning process within the English legal system. You will learn to research and analyse primary sources of law and authoritative secondary sources.

Study how a contract is created before looking at terms of a contract that determine the obligations of each party, as well as specific terms concerned with liability. You will also consider the remedies and damages available in the event of a breach of contract.

Study the circumstances in which organisations and individuals who have suffered harm at the hands of others might be able to claim compensation from the wrongdoer. Initially, you will concentrate on negligence before studying other key and topical areas such trespass to the person.

Develop the knowledge required to understand and apply the criminal law. You will learn to approach the question of liability in a logical way and to undertake independent research to find legal solutions.

This module will enhance your employability skills and enable you to practise demonstrating those skills. You will be introduced to recruitment and selection procedures and you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own skills and attributes.

Start to understand the key concepts of public law by studying the relationships between the institutions of state. You will gain an insight into the historical progression of the UK constitution and developments over the last 50 years of international treaties and agreements that have contributed to it. You will study a variety of topics including the rule of law, human rights and judicial review.

You will further develop your knowledge and understanding of the law foundation subjects across four law foundation modules, which you will study two per semester. In addition, you will complete one core criminology module per semester.
Core Modules

Build on the knowledge you gained in the first year criminal law module. You will focus on developing the skills and ability to apply legal theory in practice.

Understand the concept of land and the difference between real and personal property. You will study a range of topics including the nature of property rights and personal rights, leases and leasehold covenants, and mortgages.

Build on the knowledge you developed in your first year of study concerning the law of the UK constitution. You will explore the law of the European Union by examining the structure and status of the law of the EU and its relationship to the national laws of the Member States. You will investigate the key legal doctrines of the law of the EU and the specific application of the law of the EU in certain selected substantive legal contexts.

Explore the relationship between crime, victims, harm and justice; how victimisation is conceptualised within and out with the criminal justice system; and how responses are increasingly required to show awareness of the reach and impact of harm.

Explore the role that sociology has had in exploring the role, work and symbolism of police work, looking at the broad area of 'police culture'.

In this module you will look at how and why trusts are created, including the different forms of trust, their legal frameworks, the principles of equity affecting their creation and the use of trusts in practice. You will also consider the statutory and equitable rules that govern the way in which a private trust is managed including asset management and distribution and the appointment retirement and removal of trustees.

In your third year you will study one core criminology module per semester. In addition, you will choose to complete either four law modules across the year, or three law modules and one criminology module.
Core Modules

Look into competing explanations for acts of violent and sexual offending in both domestic and institutional settings, touching on gender, ethnicity and age issues.

Engage with the development of criminal justice policies at a national and global level, drawing on sociological, social policy and socio-legal perspectives. You will investigate the complex inter-relationships between theory, policy and practice in the field of criminal justice. You will be encouraged to evaluate different sources of knowledge about crime and criminal justice, and focus on the role of academic research in shaping and evaluating criminal justice policies.

Option modules may include:

Explore a range of competing explanations for gendered violence with a particular focus on domestic violence.

Conduct a critical, sociological exploration of the prison - more specifically, the experience of imprisonment. You will deal with concepts such as time & liminality, renegotiations of identity and masculinities, coping, and negotiations of gender to unpack the implications of being in the prison environment on individual prisoners.

Discover the crimes that have shaped the 20th and 21st century, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Critically examine terrorism, policing and security from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will analyse how terrorism, policing and security have emerged as political and law enforcement priorities and analyse the impact this has had in the respective areas of human rights, civil liberties and the criminalisation of particular groups in society. You will be equipped with the ability to think independently and critically about terrorism, policing and security while at the same time challenging orthodox understandings of the subject matter.

Gain a theoretical and practical understanding of companies as legal entities. You will explore companies as a form of business organisation and consider both the legal relationships between the participants in a company and the impact of companies as legal entities on society as a whole. You will be encouraged to consider the economic, social and political role of company law.

Explore the fundamental principles of child law in the context of rapidly changing value systems, state intervention and the law?s influence on regulation of the child in the family. You will be able to relate the law and legal system affecting the child to find both legal and non-legal solutions to child law problems and develop your problem-solving skills.

Explore the principles and application of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. You will consider the international human rights framework with reference to the role and function of the United Nations, and the systems and institutions that seek to protect and promote human rights. This module will focus on civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, torture and the rights of prisoners.

Gain experience and apply your knowledge and skills in a practical setting by offering pro bono legal advice. You will be supervised by a practising solicitor while you are involved in interviewing, researching and providing written advice to clients across a range of areas of law. This module will introduce you to a client-focused role in a professional setting that follows strict procedural and operational rules.

This module will enable you to analyse the media and entertainment law industries in a contemporary context, both in terms of its practical application and its theoretical framework. You will study key aspects such as broadcasting, the printed press, the music industry, online news and entertainment, and social networking sites. Your studies will also cover the law relating to intellectual property for the entertainment industry.

Explore mental health law and policy with a particular focus on a critical examination of policy shifts which influence this area of law and the medicalisation or criminalisation of mental disorder.

Develop your ability to evaluate the development of terrorism internationally, the UK?s counter terrorism strategies and assess the impact of terrorism on civil liberties.

Develop a practical understanding of the civil litigation process that a legal practitioner would use to advise a client, as well as relevant professional conduct rules. You will need to complete this module if you choose the CILEx pathway.

Gain the knowledge you will need to complete each of the critical stages of a property transaction. You wll focus on the residential conveyancing of leasehold and freehold property and land.

Understand the role of negotiation, good practice in legal writing, professional conduct issues and the importance of client care within legal practice.

Leeds Beckett University
Caroline Owen
Senior Lecturer

Caroline is an experienced solicitor with expertise in civil litigation, particularly contract and tort law, and she has worked on high-profile cases for law firms in London and Leeds. She joined Leeds Beckett in 2014 and teaches tort, contract and trusts law, and career development at undergraduate level. On the University’s Legal Practice Course, Caroline teaches a variety of legal skills, including practical legal research, writing, interviewing and advising.  

The strength of studying another subject in addition to a qualifying law degree lies in the breadth of opportunities that will be open to you upon graduation. Supplementing your legal knowledge with finance, business or management experience will be a huge asset to you, whether you choose a career in law or follow another path.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships. Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:
  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the courtroom, where you can practise your advocacy skills on-campus and take part in mooting competitions that simulate a court hearing. You will develop your ability to develop and deliver powerful arguments on behalf of your client
  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:
  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the courtroom, where you can practise your advocacy skills on-campus and take part in mooting competitions that simulate a court hearing. You will develop your ability to develop and deliver powerful arguments on behalf of your client
  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year).

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Portland
    Portland

    Leeds Law School is located in Portland, close to the city's legal quarter. Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Courtroom
    Courtroom

    Our students can hone their legal expertise in purpose-built facilities, including our very own courtroom.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, our Library has you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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