LLB (Hons) with Criminology
Why choose this course?
If you want to combine an outstanding legal education with a greater understanding of criminology, this distinctive course is for you. It offers high quality teaching, specialist facilities and real-world learning opportunities to give you a head start in your career.
- Benefit from tuition which meets the highest professional standards: this is a qualifying law degree so it’s your first step towards qualifying as a solicitor or barrister
- Develop all the key lawyer skills - drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation - to manage a case load
- Gain insights into the task of convicting serious offenders by studying themes such as criminal psychology and expert evidence
- Build practical experience in some of the country’s most advanced facilities for the study of law, including courtrooms and interview suites
- Broaden your horizons with opportunities for work placements, judicial shadowing, professional mentoring and pro bono projects
- Learn from an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team with an international profile
- Shape your future at the No.1 university for graduate employment in the East Midlands (HESA 2015 - universities with a graduating class over 2000).
UCAS code: M1M2
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years
Campus: One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus
College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
This inspirational and challenging course has excellence in legal practice at its core but also delivers invaluable insights into the causes and consequences of crime, how crime is measured and defined, and how criminals are managed and controlled.
Educating tomorrow’s legal professionals
Our LLB meets criteria set by the Bar Standards Board and Solicitors Regulation Authority, which means it offers exemptions from the academic stage of study if you want to progress to qualify as a barrister or solicitor.
We deliver a comprehensive all-round undergraduate legal education. You will develop your knowledge of every aspect of legal services and engage with all the core professional skills. Selecting from a broad choice of optional modules, you could also specialise in areas such as medical, international, family, employment or social and public law.
Build the key lawyering skills
You’ll gain practical experience at every stage of the course, with training in drafting, advocacy, interviewing and negotiation. You could also take part in pro bono activities, providing vital legal services to those who might otherwise find it difficult to access justice. Our students have contributed to organisations working in fields such as immigration and asylum, employment law, domestic violence and miscarriages of justice.
Go behind the headlines
As part of the course, you will also have the opportunity to explore criminology in greater detail and examine some of the major concerns that dominate our front pages. You will develop your understanding of the challenges and dilemmas facing criminal justice professionals today - in the police, courts, prison and probation services, youth offending teams and victim support groups.
Networked into the profession
We work in close partnership with the legal profession locally and nationally which opens up exciting opportunities for work placements and internships. You could take part in our judicial shadowing scheme in the local courts, which allows you to observe the legal process from behind-the-scenes. You could also benefit from our mentoring scheme, where professional lawyers share vital insights into practice and help you develop your skills, networks and employability.
Expertise and inspiration
You’ll be taught by a team of legal and criminology experts, including barristers, solicitors, criminal psychologists, sociologists and experienced police officers. Several are still actively engaged with practice, which helps you keep up to date with contemporary issues in the criminal justice system.
The course is also supported by visiting professors and guest lecturers who are leading authorities in their fields. Our celebrated Public Lecture Series brings influential figures to the University to shed new light on changes and challenges at the heart of the legal system.
Our teaching is enriched by research covering some of the most pressing issues confronting society today, from slavery to digital privacy, hate crimes to psychopathy.
We offer some of the country’s most advanced facilities for the study of law. Described as “exceptional” by Skills for Justice and including brand new crown and family courts, they replicate environments you will encounter in real-life legal situations. As part of your course, you’ll also be provided with all the leading essential texts from top publishers and unique content from Oxford University Press and Pearson.
A chance to study abroad
College of Law, Humanities and Social SciencesWe have strong links with universities in France, Italy and the Czech Republic. Through the Erasmus exchange programme, you could even spend a year studying abroad - an excellent way to improve your academic experience and enhance your job prospects while enjoying a different culture.
An outstanding learning experience
Our Law students are highly satisfied; in the latest National Student Survey, our LLB (Hons) Law programme achieved a 98% overall satisfaction rating. We offer a rich programme of extra-curricular events, including study trips and the chance to take part in mooting competitions. A highlight of our calendar is the prestigious black tie law dinner where you can network with members of the local judiciary and legal profession. You can also join our active student Law Society which runs educational, social and careers advice events.
What you will cover
You will study modules such as:
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Contract Law: Theory and Practice
- Legal Context, Skills and Ethics
- Tort Law
In addition, you will begin to develop your skills in criminology by selecting from a range of modules focusing on issues surrounding crime, justice and society.
You will study modules such as:
- Land Law
- Criminal Law: Principles and Application
- Criminal Practice and Property Offences
- European Union Law
- European Union Trade Law
- Advanced Legal Skills and Ethics
In addition, you will continue to develop your knowledge of criminology with the opportunity to take modules exploring issues such as policing, criminal psychology, punishment and rehabilitation.
- Equity and Succession
In addition to this you will choose five option modules from a wide range of contemporary and stimulating legal areas, including Evidence, Company Law, Family Law and Medical Law and Ethics. You can also enhance your research and scholarship skills by undertaking a dissertation in your own preferred area of law or criminology.
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 300 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
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- How to apply
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
£11,500 per year
For students starting their course in 2017/18, the full-time undergraduate fees will be £9,250 per year for all courses (or £1,155 per module if a part-time option is available).
Further information for 2017/18 fees will be released January 2017.
How you will learn
Teaching and learning
The Derby LLB offers a variety of methods of learning and teaching. Engaging in real or simulated legal practice, you will practise a range of lawyering skills at every stage of the course, including case preparation, mooting, interviewing and negotiation. You will also develop key skills in legal scholarship, with the opportunity to undertake problem-based research and to specialise through original academic enquiry. This focus on problem-based learning will also ensure you achieve a wide-ranging understanding of systems of criminal and community justice.
You may be assessed through a mixture of group work, oral presentations, written coursework and examinations, enabling you to develop and demonstrate your legal knowledge and skills effectively
Who you will meet
Our teaching team includes experts with broad-ranging experience and diverse research interests:
Scott Atkins - Acting Head of Law, Deputy Head of the Department of Law and Criminology, non-practising solicitor and Senior Lecturer in Law. His research interests centre on equity and trusts. His publications include Equity & Trusts (Routledge-Cavendish, 2013 - second edition in progress); Insights into Trusts Law: The Channel Islands and beyond (Institute of Law, 2013) and Futter & Pitt: Mistakes by Trustees (Institute of Law, 2014).
Tim Marangon - Acting Programme Leader for the LLB Law/LLB Law with Criminology programmes and Lecturer in Law. He specialises in teaching tort law and has a keen interest in medical law. Indeed, he is currently working on Chapters in a book on Medical Law, to be published by Routledge.
Lisa Cherkassky - Senior Lecturer in Law with research interests in medical law, medical ethics, the law surrounding organ transplantation and saviour siblings, and criminal law. Lisa is Chief Editor of The Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.
Karen Cooper - Senior Lecturer in Law whose teaching responsibilities centre on criminal law and independent studies. Karen also has a keen interest in medical law and ethics, having worked as a health professional in the NHS for almost 20 years.
Cherry Diggle - Lecturer in Land Law with additional research interests in medical law and ethics, including the legal considerations relating to end-of-life decision-making, stem-cell technology and human enhancement.
Christie Eaton - Lecturer in Law and solicitor teaching in areas such as legal skills and ethics as well as EU law.
George Ellison - Lecturer in Law and the link tutor for Joint Honours students who study law modules. George is a former police officer and Senior Lecturer in Law who specialises in teaching public law, human rights and crime.
David Hodgkinson - Senior Lecturer in Law who is also responsible for our students’ participation in external mooting competitions. A former LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year, David has research interests which centre on inchoate liability and the judicial 'matrix', and UK law enforcement in the fight against white-collar crime. His publications include Virtual Criminal Lawyer (Pearson Education, 2013).
Rachael Ita - Lecturer in Law who previously practised as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria. Her research interests centre on international law, administrative law and human rights law.
Sue Jennings - Senior Lecturer in Law who specialises in teaching employment law and practises as a solicitor in Derby. Sue co-ordinates the hugely popular and successful Annual Skills Triathlon organised by the University of Derby and Derby & District Law Society.
Joel Klaff - Senior Lecturer in Law whose subject areas include contractual obligations, commercial law, international trade, international business and commercial theory. His research interests centre on learning, teaching and assessment within the context of international and personal development.
Larry Mead - Senior Lecturer in Law specialising in company law and evidence. Larry has combined his academic career with practice as a criminal law barrister and has published in the areas of company and business law.
Chris Poole - Principal Lecturer in Law. Chris specialises in intellectual property law (covering areas such as copyright, trademarks, patents and confidential information); information technology law (relating to computers, the internet and technology); and contract law. He has lectured in Germany, the Czech Republic, Israel and Malaysia, as well as the UK.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
An edge in your career
You could enjoy a successful career at home or abroad. Our LLB graduates go on to take up roles in private practice, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, law centres, the police service, local and national government.
Completion of the LLB represents the end of the academic stage of your training. To become a solicitor or barrister, you must then continue to complete the vocational stage of your training.
Even if you do not want to become a legal practitioner, you will find that an LLB is a valuable qualification and will act as a stepping stone to careers in broader areas such as banking, commerce, industry, publishing or education.
The skills you develop through studying criminology on this course will add further substance to your CV and open the door to careers in areas such as the probation service, prison service and youth offending teams.
Want to become a solicitor?
If you wish to become a solicitor, you will need to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) which can be studied full time over one year or part time over two years. Our LLB graduates are guaranteed a place on the Derby LPC, which offers competitive fees and alumni discounts. Our graduates are highly sought after by solicitors’ firms because of their practical skills underpinned by academic rigour.
Want to become a barrister?
If you wish to become a barrister, you must take a one-year full-time or two-year part-time Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Our students are particularly successful at winning substantial scholarships for the BPTC, which says something of our teaching calibre. In 2014, for example, three graduates were awarded a total of £42,000 in scholarships from Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, and one student was awarded a Middle Temple Major Award, the Sir Robert Micklethwaite Memorial Prize.
Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’
Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.
What our students say
“My main reason for choosing Derby was the emphasis that they placed on providing you with the necessary skills for the world of work - even work outside the legal profession. I found this offering unique.” Mark Popple, third year LLB student
“Would I recommend the LLB at Derby? Absolutely - it is so much more than just a degree, it is a lesson in skills and life experiences. The practical emphasis of the course built my skills in advocacy, drafting and negotiating - all of which are now vital in my job.” Natalie Cross, LLB graduate, now a barrister
“The LLB modules are well structured with a unique mixture of theory and practice, and the lecturers are second to none. As well as having a wealth of knowledge in their subject areas, they always have time for their students.” Kathleen Simpson, LLB graduate, now working in conveyancing
“Without the broad legal understanding and knowledge I gained on the LLB, I could not fulfil my role. I am a firm believer that a broad base of knowledge is essential for any lawyer.” Fraser Cunningham, LLB and LPC graduate, now a partner at Smith Partnership Solicitors in Derby
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