Overview

Our LLB (Hons) with Criminal Justice is a qualifying law degree. It is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in the legal or wider commercial sectors, or in the wider criminal justice system and associated professions.

In addition to studying key legal topics, you will also study Criminal Justice options which examine the agencies and the institutions of the law, looking at their roles, responsibilities and discretion, as well as issues of accountability in relation to current developments in criminal justice. Focusing on key concepts, such as the definition of crime and the philosophy of sentencing.  The legal process is central to criminal justice studies including, for example, courts and hearings for adults and young people; the theory and practice of sentencing; prison and community-based penalties; and the place of human rights in these processes. 

 As with all our LLBs, this programme has a practical focus on the skills you need for your career embedded in the course. There is a high level of face-to-face tuition, with experienced tutors, over 90% of whom are lawyers. The University of Newcastle offers excellent employability outcomes for students; 92% of our full-time LLB students graduating in 2019 secured employment or further study within six months of successfully completing their course.

 As we specialise in teaching, with a focus on problem-solving and weighing up arguments, you’ll develop a formidable range of essential skills that can make all the difference when starting your career. We were found to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK, USA higher education.

 

Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.

Institutional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

 

LLB (HONS) LAW WITH CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Course Level:

Undergraduate

Credits 

180

Course

codeF756

How long it takes:

Three Years, Four Years Sandwich

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$15000.00

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Why study Graduate Diploma and law?

If you are a non-law graduate looking to enter the legal profession, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) provides your starting point for graduate legal study. It takes you through the academic stage required to become a barrister or solicitor, before you then go on to either the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS).

The GDL at UNC Bristol is highly regarded by both branches of the profession, and many solicitors and barristers choose this route into law, building on the knowledge they have obtained in another academic field to establish a successful legal career.

Why Newcastle?

BA(Hons) Criminology and Law is a flexible course that allows you to explore topical modules spanning criminal justice, penology, sexual offences and offending.

Gain a solid grounding in criminological research methods and practice. Develop valuable legal skills such as mooting and negotiating alongside your academic studies. Graduate with crucial skills that enhance your employability and prepare you for diverse careers in law or criminology.

This hands-on course gives you real-world insight and helps you develop professional abilities through community engagement and work-based learning.

You’ll study both law and criminology in equal measure in your first year and then opt to major in one or the other from year two.

If you major in law, you’ll have the option to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). This gives you access to our Legal Practice Course (LPC), which includes the option to do an LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) to become a solicitor or barrister.

Law majors can choose from a range of modules that provide academic discourse as well as examples of real-life cases. Criminology majors get to explore contemporary issues through practical lab sessions.

Where can it take me?

The knowledge and professional skills you’ll gain on this course are highly valued by employers. They also provide a solid foundation for a variety of careers.

This degree combination leads naturally to a career in criminal law. But depending on your specialism, you could pursue a career as a solicitor, barrister, legal adviser or paralegal, or as a teacher, social worker, counsellor or charity worker.

There are also opportunities with the police, prison and court services, as well as the legal sector.

Content

The full-time course is structured into two teaching blocks and covers the seven foundations of legal knowledge, as identified by the professional legal bodies. An independent research project then enables you to cover another area of legal study in depth.

All modules studied during the GDL are compulsory and represent the aspects of law that are most relevant in legal practice. These modules are divided between the teaching blocks, as follows:

Pre-course preparation

  • English Legal System – provides you with a basic understanding of the legal system in England and Wales and covers the legal terminology, reasoning and methods that you will practise and develop throughout the course.

Teaching block one (September-January):

  • Public Law – introduces you to the constitution of England and Wales and the theoretical principles that underlie it, as well as the judicial review process and how we use the law to protect human rights.
  • Obligations I (Contract Law) – takes you through the area of contract law and what is involved in forming and enforcing contracts.
  • Obligations II (Law of Tort) – introduces you to tortious liability, in other words how we can enforce obligations to avoid harm being caused to our neighbours.
  • Criminal Law – provides an introduction to criminal law, particularly the underlying policy issues and the difference between theory and practice.

Teaching block two (January-June):

  • Equity and Trusts – introduces you to equity and trust law, including defining what a trust is and looking at the relevance of trusts today.  
  • Property Law – explores land as an area of law, the rights and obligations associated with it, and how to transfer land from one party to another.
  • European Union Law – provides you with an understanding of what constitutes European Union law, how it works and how we take account of EU law within domestic law in England and Wales.
  • Independent Research Project – you will also study a research topic of your choice in depth (out of a range of subjects of current topical interest) and write a 4,000-5,000 word mini dissertation.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK 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.

See further details of our English Language requirement

Fees Amount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1625

 

Careers / Further study

Studying for the GDL is a stepping stone in achieving a successful career as a solicitor or barrister. Many students who complete the GDL go on to study the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) to achieve these career ambitions.

Watch Sarah’s story and find out how studying the GDL and LPC have helped her land her training contract with leading law firm TLT.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity,and access to employer events.

Learning and Teaching

Highly experienced and supportive tutors, drawn from legal practice, as well as the academic side of law, will enable you to develop your knowledge quickly.

Each topic will be based on an introductory lecture, followed by a workshop in a large group and then a smaller-group seminar. Both the workshops and seminars are highly interactive, and are designed to give you a deeper understanding of the material covered, and how it can be applied to practical contexts.

You will research and discuss real cases and legislation, based on current developments in law, giving you a valuable insight into situations you are likely to face in your legal career.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

At the beginning of the year, you will attend a one-week induction and receive your books and tutors’ materials. You will then have 12 hours a week of tuition, spread over three days.

Dedicated support

We aim to offer you the highest level of support both during your studies and after you graduate. You will be allocated a personal tutor, who you can meet with, or contact by phone or email, to discuss all aspects of the course and receive one-to-one career guidance. You will also have access to our dedicated law careers member of staff, ‘ask the experts’ careers events, CV writing clinics and mock pupillage interviews.

Assessment

As is required by the professional regulatory bodies, the main form of assessment for the GDL is through examinations, which are held at the end of each teaching block. Some modules also include a coursework element of 25%.

The Independent Research Project will be assessed through your 4,000-5,000 word mini dissertation, which you will write in response to your allocated research task.

Mock assessments with feedback will be given to help you monitor and improve your performance, and help you deal effectively with all forms of assessment. Two past examination papers will also be available in order to prepare you for examinations.

For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

The GDL satisfies the requirements of Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA,) showing that you have successfully completed the academic stage of your legal training.

Study facilities

Bristol Law School has excellent, state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • dedicated postgraduate study and common rooms
  • mock law courtrooms, with equipment to record advocacy sessions for later analysis
  • a 24-hour law library and computer rooms, giving you access to a wide range of legal resources, including Hein Online, LexisNexis, Westlaw and iLaw
  • an online learning environment

A £50m project is also underway to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building. Located in the heart of the campus, the building will provide innovative teaching spaces, including two showcase law courts, flexible social learning spaces and an external business engagement space.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UNC has to offer.

Pro Bono Unit

The UNC Bristol Law Court Clinic provides opportunities for you to undertake legal pro bono work in and around Bristol in all areas of law. This includes providing advice and representation on family cases, including cases of domestic violence; and working with community groups. The unit won the Best New Pro Bono Activity at the Attorney-General’s Pro Bono Awards 2011.

Legal Placement Scheme

We also run a legal placement scheme in conjunction with the Bristol Law Society. As a GDL student, this gives you the opportunity to undertake a short placement with a law firm or the legal department of a large business. All the major legal firms in Bristol take part, and it is an opportunity to enhance your CV and to try out different areas of law, perhaps opening your mind to areas you had not considered practising before.