Undergraduate Bachelor of Laws

Law with Criminology

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    M190
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

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 case law and legislation. As a student of Leeds Law School, you will be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online for free through Law Trove, a subscription-only service offered by Oxford University Press.

As a qualifying law degree, this course is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as meeting the academic requirements of your legal training, and completion will enable you to undertake further study in order to become a solicitor or barrister.

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 has been subject to a detailed review by professional regulators in the legal sector. The review has examined the routes to qualification as a solicitor or barrister.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) no longer requires the study of a 'Qualifying Law Degree' (QLD), however, the study of what are referred to as the 'legal foundations of knowledge' is still required before the vocational stage of bar training. All our undergraduate law degrees meet this requirement. The changes to the routes to qualification as a solicitor are due to be finalised in the summer of 2020, with the introduction of those changes provisionally from September 2021 onwards.

Applicants and prospective applicants are invited to find out more about the changes at our open days and applicant days. In addition, 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 web pages Solicitors Qualifying Examination and Common Protocol on the Academic Stage of training.

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.

Why study Law with Criminology at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Fantastic placements and sandwich year opportunities
  2. Law Trove is an online service offered by Oxford University Press. This means all of our students will be able to access a wide range of law textbooks online and for free
  3. Gain real-life, hands-on experience and put something back into the local community by getting involved in our Law Clinic and giving legal advice to real people with real problems
  4. Our mentoring scheme is an integral part of the educational experience at Leeds Law School. Students are paired with a professional mentor from Leeds’ legal community, who will provide invaluable insight into the legal profession to support educational development and enhance career opportunities
  5. Opportunities to get involved with extra-curricular activities to explore your interests further and help your CV stand out, through mooting competitions and groups including The Student Law Society and The Junior Barristers Society
  6. Take inspiration from our high-profile ‘Law in Practice’ guest lectures – with previous speakers including Labour Party Leader, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP and human rights campaigner Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE PC

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology student Coreen talks about her experience at Leeds Beckett.

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