Gain the key legal skills required in our ‘law in practice’ environment while specialising in current trends and responses to crime. This degree also has the option of a one-year paid work placement. In this degree, you will be encouraged to think like a lawyer from day one. Exploring the essential law foundation subjects, you will learn to practise law, with a good understanding of current trends and responses to crime. The course has been designed by experienced academics and practitioners, with input from our internationally-renowned Crucible Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice. It is specifically designed for your career development. And we have excellent student feedback: we are ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction in Law (Complete University Guide 2022). Throughout your degree, you will gain the practical experience of putting law into action through our pro bono activities at the Law Clinic and the Citizens' Advice Bureau and have the opportunity to go on work placements. Through practice-based learning, you will learn to understand the law in the context of everyday life and legal practice, and apply your learning to critical criminological and legal issues. You will begin by building a comprehension of the key functions of the English legal system, explore the moral dimension of the practice of law, grasp criminal law and human rights, and learn to present reasoned and logical arguments. Drawing on disciplines such as sociology, psychology and human rights, you will gain a dynamic understanding of legal concepts, values, principles and rules, as well as criminological theories and criminal justice practice. A high proportion of your time will be spent working face to face with tutors, developing your understanding of legal and criminological issues, and the core skills and competencies legal practitioners are expected to have. Modules include Legal Systems, Ethics and Skills, where you will be introduced to the structure and functions of the English legal system; Criminal Law, which focuses on key principles in crimes such as murder, manslaughter, non-fatal and theft-related offences; and Introduction to Criminal Justice, where you will analyse contemporary trends and policies in the criminal justice system. Our dedicated Careers Adviser has established links with graduate recruiters and can help you obtain a graduate role. You will be supported to map out your aptitudes and create a career plan. We provide personalised sessions in CV and application writing, presentations, mock-interviews and commercial-awareness training, as well as opportunities to develop your networking skills. Above all, this degree provides you with a Qualifying Law Degree, with a specialism in criminology. This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.
In your first year, you will gain an understanding of the key functions of the English legal system, explore the moral dimension of the practice of law, grasp criminal law and human rights, and learn how to present reasoned and logical arguments. You will also study Law in Practice 1: Legal Communication - an interactive module designed to build your skills and confidence in legal communication, to understand how to apply law in practice and the wider society. In your second year, core modules build on themes from the first year, exploring the ways that theories of crime can aid our understanding of the operations of the criminal justice as well as a range of contemporary issues in crime, justice and punishment. You will also develop your legal knowledge and understanding. Recent examples of modules include Land Law, European Union Law, Business Enterprises and also Contract Law, which underpins all commercial relationships. In your final year you will choose from a diverse range of module options in Law and Criminology as well as having the opportunity to carry out an independent research dissertation in an area that interests you. You can also gain work experience and apply for a placement on our Pro Bono scheme with the Citizens Advice Bureau. You will take a minimum of three Criminology options and at least one Law option. Recent examples of Criminology options include Gender, Violence and Human Rights; Prisons and Punishment; Crime, Culture and the City; Service Learning (includes placements). Law options might include International Human Rights, Corporate Finance, Tax, Pro Bono and Employment.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please see https://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/undergraduate-entry-requirements/
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with a minimum of 5.5 in each band|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20|
|PTE Academic||59||with no less than 59 in any band|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||grade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band|
We may accept other high school English qualifications if you are applying for an undergraduate degree. Please contact us at [email protected] to clarify.
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The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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