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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Learn about legal and criminal justice principles, rules and practice.
  • Understand the effect of law in society from academic and practical perspectives.
  • Gain legal experience throughout your degree in our on-campus environments.
  • Develop employability skills through working with legal sector professionals.
  • Consider the possibility of undertaking placements in the UK and overseas.
On this course you’ll gain practical skills and see the real-world application of what you learn. You’ll develop an excellent knowledge of law and criminal justice – alongside the experience to prepare you for professional qualifications in law and other sectors. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our LLB (Hons) courses – or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study – we recommend you join the foundation year. You’ll share this first year with other foundation year students before you move on to the degree. How you learn: You learn through:
  • lectures and interactive workshops
  • independent research
  • case studies in both simulated and live client environments
  • practice-based learning centred around live client case work, conducted in small groups under the supervision of legal professionals
  • work placements in SHU Law and elsewhere
From your first year, you’ll gain applied foundational knowledge in law and criminology – plus a detailed induction in our on-campus law firm, SHU Law. In your second year, you’ll continue to learn the core areas of law and you’ll begin to specialise – choosing areas such as criminal appeals, prisoners' rights, commercial litigation, personal injury or family law through SHU Law. In your final year you’ll take on more responsibility for your learning and developing your portfolio – through SHU Law and a variety of elective modules in both law and criminology. You’ll also have opportunities to branch out into placement settings across the UK and overseas, cementing your knowledge not just as a student, but for your future career. Applied learning - work placements Our regulated and supervised on-campus law firm – SHU Law – offers you a unique chance to get ahead with your solicitor qualifications. You’ll gain vital industry experience working alongside solicitors on real cases. Uniquely, your work with SHU Law is fully integrated into your course from your first year, and will continue throughout your studies. In your final year, you can choose to opt-out of SHU Law work placements and enter an external legal setting. Previous students have had placements at major national and international law firms – such as Irwin Mitchell and DLA Piper – and often involve sitting in on real hearings and court cases with solicitors. You may also have the chance to do a placement in areas such as local government, coroners’ offices or local law firms. There are also international work placements available in the USA – including at the Public Defenders’ Office in Savannah, and the Innocence Project in San Diego. Your placement supervisor will help you find the right fit for your career, and will provide support throughout your experience. Social justice Throughout the course, you’ll help advocate for those who don’t have or can’t afford representation. In your third year, you’ll be able to work in the award-winning Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on a range of projects relating to immigration, asylum and human rights. There’s also the opportunity to help reunite families through our own Refugee Rights Hub.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Introduction To The Psychological, Political, Legal, Criminal Justice And Sociological Sciences The Practice Of Law And Policing Year 2 - Compulsory modules Criminal Law And Practice Dispute Resolution In Contract Introduction To Criminology And Practice Uk Constitutional Law And Practice Year 3 - Compulsory modules Controversies Of Punishment Dispute Resolution In Tort Trusts & Equitable Wrongs (Including Wills And Administration Of Estates) Elective modules Criminal Appeals Cybercrime And Society Exclusion Rights And Justice Experiencing Criminal Justice Human Rights Clinic Life Beyond Crime, Substance Use And Offending Prison Clinic Real World Social Justice And Activism Shu Law New Enquiries Year 4 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Land, Property Law And Practice

Assessment method

Coursework, practical assessment and exams

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • The Bar Council

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2022 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Law with Criminology with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS