LLB Law with Criminology
The LLB Law with Criminology programme is a qualifying law degree and is taught collaboratively between Northampton Law School and the School of Social Policy, drawing upon the significant expertise of academic staff in both Schools to offer a wide range of specialist modules in Criminology.
With a particular emphasis on the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in individuals and society, this programme provides students with a rigorous and critical understanding of these issues. It also explores social responses to crime and criminality, exploring the factors that underscore processes of law making, law breaking and law enforcement, and their consequences.
Criminology complements and contextualises legal study, and is an extremely useful addition to those looking to practice criminal law or work in the criminal justice system.
Northampton Law School is one of the USA top law schools and is the most established law school in one of the largest legal communities in the country. For almost 100 years we have made a major contribution to teaching and scholarship, and you’ll learn from academics who are leaders in their fields and the authors of many key works used by practitioners today.
Undergraduate, Single Honours
How long it takes:
Undergraduate (3 years)
Distance learning/ Campus
Northampton Law School
Why Study this Course?
- Study at a top global law school – Northampton Law School is one of the USA top law schools , reflecting our excellence in teaching and our world-leading research. Our academics are experts in their fields, conducting cutting-edge research which informs law reform
- Extensive extra-curricular legal opportunities – our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) run pro bono groups and mooting competitions. Last year, over 200 of our students volunteered in our pro bono groups
- Professional links – opportunities include placement schemes, the annual law fair, and visits to leading firms. CEPLER run careers events and work placements throughout the year. Last year 163 of our students participated in CEPLER organised work placements
- Optional modules – tailor your law degree to suit your interests in final year with our extensive range of electives
- Optional year abroad opportunities – study overseas at a partner institution and experience incredible cultures, as well as an alternative perspective on Law, and a different academic environment
- Excellent graduate prospects – 93% of graduates from our Law programmes are in employment or further study 6 months after graduating
- Transferable skills – a law degree prepares you for a wide range of careers as it enables you to develop a variety of skills, such as oral and written communication, analysis and evaluation, problem solving, independent working and research skills
Northampton University (USA) is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , Northampton University has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.
Students currently take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- Legal Skills and Methods
- Criminal Law
- Public Law
- Law of Contract
You will also study Criminological Theory 1, and Crime and Society.
In their second year students take modules in:
- Land Law
- Law of Torts
- Legal Foundations of the European Union
- Legal Solutions
You will also study Criminological Theory 2, and Contemporary Issues in Policing.
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
In the final year students study two compulsory modules:
- Equity, Trusts, Wills & Formalities
- Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice.
Applicants should normally have one of the following:
- A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a USA university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
- A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
- An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level
If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.
If you intend to become a Solicitor
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.
Learning and Assessment
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.
Our degrees in Law will help you develop the knowledge and skills you need for a huge range of careers or further academic study. Where logical thinking, problem solving and statistical or strategic knowledge are required, being one of our graduates will put you ahead.
91% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation (DHLE 2016/17)
Whatever you plan to do when you graduate, we have a comprehensive support package to help you prepare including specialist careers guidance, exclusive work experience opportunities and global internships. Our Careers Network offers support to help you identify your options, develop your skills and gain access to opportunities:
- Frequent careers advice drop-in sessions in the School, so you can always get help and advice when you need it.
- An annual Law Careers Fair, where you can meet employers specifically interested in Law graduates.
- Regular Careers Skills Workshops run by employers or the College employability team to guide you through your career planning and give you an advantage in the application process for graduate positions and internships.
- A fortnightly careers e-newsletter, including vacancies suited to maths students, with application deadlines and a calendar of careers events likely to be of interest to you as a Law student.