Law with Criminology
LLB (Hons)

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3 good reasons to study Law with Criminology at Salford

1.

Qualifying law degree with highly transferable skills sought by employers

2.

Opportunity of a professional placement with a law firm

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Overall satisfaction with this course was 100% (Source: NSS 2015)

Course Summary

Law with Criminology allows you to gain a qualifying law degree but also caters for those who are interested in discovering more about crime and justice from a sociological perspective. It is an excellent degree if you wish to pursue a career in the field of criminal justice (for example, the police service, probation service, Crown Prosecution Service, prison service or other related fields).

As well as acquiring specialised legal knowledge, studying law and criminology will also provide you with highly transferable skills that are valued by employers from many walks of life. Law graduates are skilled in oral and written communication, proficient in research and are able to solve problems in a structured and logical way. This course has a wide range of module choices so you can tailor your learning to your interests.

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Course Details

Studying Law with Criminology at the University of Salford gives you;

  • A solid grounding in the foundation subjects at the heart of every qualifying law degree
  • A broad understanding of the social context within which the law operates

The course normally runs over three academic years, or four years if you decide to take a professional placement.

Each academic year is divided into two semesters, during which you will study three modules worth 20 credits each, making a total of six modules studied each year worth 120 credits. On graduation you will have taken eighteen modules altogether, which makes up the 360 credits required for an honours degree.

If you take a professional placement year between your second and third years, you will accumulate a further 60 credits.

Course Structure

Year 1

During year 1 of your LLB course, you will study six core modules, four law modules and two criminology modules. The majority of the law modules are common to law schools across the country as they are determined by professional requirements. Alongside these modules, at Salford we will ensure you have all the key skills you need to be successful in the core legal modules. Your criminology modules in year 1 set the scene, providing introductions to the criminal justice system and some key concepts in criminology.

Core modules

This module gives you a practical introduction to the sources of law, court structures and court systems, as well as many of the basic concepts studied later in the course. You will develop key skills in interpreting the law and undertaking legal research.
You will examine punishment by the state of offenders and the general principles of criminal liability, along with an examination of principal offences and defences.
This module provides an introduction to the key foundational issues, ideas, and ways of thinking within criminology.
You will explore the rules that govern legally binding agreements between parties, and the importance of informed negotiation skills in making contracts.
This module allows you to review the law relating to civil wrongs, such as negligence, and when and how compensation can be claimed if one person negligently causes harm to another.
You will be introduced to the form, key features and purpose of the institutions of the contemporary criminal justice system in England and Wales and begin an exploration of the issues relating to justice and civil liberties.

Year 2

During year 2 you will continue your study of core legal modules and start to diversify in your study of criminology.

Core modules

This module explores the rights and obligations of the citizen and the state, judicial review of administrative action, and the constitution of the UK.
This module examines a range of theories of crime and criminal justice and the questions which produce those theories.
You will learn about the role of law across international boundaries by considering of the rules of public and private international law. This module puts these rules into a context of international trade law and intellectual property law.
The law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) now permeates all branches of the law and affects an increasing number of legal relations. The Human Rights Law module focuses on understanding the scope of protection afforded by the ECHR, especially in the light of its integration in the UK with the Human Rights Act 1998.

Options

Choose two modules from:

This module will help you define and analyse state violence and transitional justice; to understand the meanings of ‘terror,’ ‘truth’ and ‘justice’ and assess the results of transitional justice mechanisms. You will explore the explanations and effects of state violence, before turning to a consideration of major models of justice and examples of trials including The Nuremberg Trials and the emergence of Truth Commissions in Argentina and South Africa.
In this module you will explore the construction of deviant labels based on the variables of ethnicity, gender and youth. You will consider how ethnicity, gender and youth intersect with crime, and shape the response of the criminal justice institutions; and what difference these categories make to our understanding of the offenders and victims. Topics will include:  racist victimisation and racially motivated violence; female offending and the causes of youth crime.
This module will allow you to explore the role of media in crime and justice. You will explore the ways in which news media report crime; and fictional representation of crime and criminal justice. The module will also consider the role of media technologies in the commission of crime, notably cybercrime. Indicative topics moral panics and copycat violence; reporting sex crimes; news reporting and contempt of court; symbolic violence; photojournalism; cinema and violenec and the role of media in campaigns for justice.
You will be introduced to issues surrounding the policing and social control in the past, in contemporary society and in the future, and analyse how social control and surveillance are manifested. You will identify the implications for policing and social control studies on wider sociology as well as policy and practice.
You will consider the strategies used to construct guilt and innocence in a courtroom situation, paying particular attention to their sociological underpinnings. Case studies will be an important part of the module's content, and there will be presentations by prosecutorial, defence and judicial professionals. There will also be an opportunity to stage some mock trials in a local courtroom.
You will develop an understanding of the evolution of the modern prison and of the relationship between prisons, probation, the courts and the media and the economic and social environment in which they operate. You will gain an understanding of the impacts of punishment with regard to age, gender and ethnicity and consider criminal justice institutions, policies, and practices in their contexts.
An overview of the conceptualisation of "violence". You will examine debates concerning violence in various aspects of life, consider the contemporary debates surrounding violence in a range of contexts, trace the development of theorisations of violence and consider ethical, methodological and practical issues involved in the researching of violence.
This module covers the law relating to the formation, financing and management of companies, and related corporate activity.
This project develops your ability to initiate, implement, review and appraise management objectives and decisions within the context of a dynamic and competitive market environment. It will help you develop an understanding of the complex interactions that characterise decision-making in an organisation, and the importance of thinking beyond a single functional perspective.

Year 3

In your final year, you will study the final core legal modules and choose from a range of optional modules in criminology. This will allow you to tailor your studies to your particular interests and learn from our specialist lecturers.

Core modules

This encompasses the study of trusts and their uses, looking at both structures and remedies where traditional contractual and tortious rules have proved inadequate.
This module involves a critical analysis of the criminal justice system and the major stages of the pre-trial and trial process.
You will consider the legal nature of ownership and possession of land, the classification of property in English law, and how interests in land are created and transferred.
This module gives you a general introduction to European Union Law, dealing with the structures and institutions of the EU, the obligations imposed upon the EU Member States, and the rights conferred upon EU citizens.

Options

Choose two criminology modules from:

This module will help you define and analyse state violence and transitional justice; to understand the meanings of ‘terror,’ ‘truth’ and ‘justice’ and assess the results of transitional justice mechanisms. You will explore the explanations and effects of state violence, before turning to a consideration of major models of justice and examples of trials including The Nuremberg Trials and the emergence of Truth Commissions in Argentina and South Africa.
In this module you will explore the construction of deviant labels based on the variables of ethnicity, gender and youth. You will consider how ethnicity, gender and youth intersect with crime, and shape the response of the criminal justice institutions; and what difference these categories make to our understanding of the offenders and victims. Topics will include:  racist victimisation and racially motivated violence; female offending and the causes of youth crime.
This module will allow you to explore the role of media in crime and justice. You will explore the ways in which news media report crime; and fictional representation of crime and criminal justice. The module will also consider the role of media technologies in the commission of crime, notably cybercrime. Indicative topics moral panics and copycat violence; reporting sex crimes; news reporting and contempt of court; symbolic violence; photojournalism; cinema and violenec and the role of media in campaigns for justice.
You will be introduced to issues surrounding the policing and social control in the past, in contemporary society and in the future, and analyse how social control and surveillance are manifested. You will identify the implications for policing and social control studies on wider sociology as well as policy and practice.
You will consider the strategies used to construct guilt and innocence in a courtroom situation, paying particular attention to their sociological underpinnings. Case studies will be an important part of the module's content, and there will be presentations by prosecutorial, defence and judicial professionals. There will also be an opportunity to stage some mock trials in a local courtroom.
You will develop an understanding of the evolution of the modern prison and of the relationship between prisons, probation, the courts and the media and the economic and social environment in which they operate. You will gain an understanding of the impacts of punishment with regard to age, gender and ethnicity and consider criminal justice institutions, policies, and practices in their contexts.
An overview of the conceptualisation of "violence". You will examine debates concerning violence in various aspects of life, consider the contemporary debates surrounding violence in a range of contexts, trace the development of theorisations of violence and consider ethical, methodological and practical issues involved in the researching of violence.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Minimum of five, to include Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points LLB: 112-120 points
With Professional Placement: 120-128 points
GCE A level BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBB-ABB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM for the three year programme
DDM with Professional Experience Year
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 27 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4,5,6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6.5 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

Any student wishing to embark on legal study must be prepared to work consistently and to meet the demanding standards and deadlines required by the academic and professional strands of a qualifying law degree.

Law and criminology involve a high level of self directed study and research outside the classroom. Every week and in every law module you will be required to read, digest and critically analyse complex primary source materials.  In all your modules you will be required to critically evaluate source materials and the academic arguments of others and to construct your own logical, ethical and well-resourced arguments.

Applicants will be expected to be up-to-date with news and enjoy reading, debating and developing their own arguments.

Teaching

You will benefit from a wide range of teaching methods which keep your studies interesting. Lectures, seminars, practical workshops, mooting exercises and case study classes are used across our modules and ensure variety in your learning experience. This is further enhanced by our Virtual Learning Environment and the use of podcasts, blogs, discussion boards and electronic voting systems, which making classes highly interactive.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.

Employability

Studying law will enable you to go onto a wide range of future careers both within and outside the law. As well as barristers and solicitors, students may go onto work in local government, the financial industry, the probation service, in many different managerial roles and some will become legal academics.

Our first cohort of Law with Criminology students graduated from Salford Law School in July 2010. Many of them will now have completed their Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course, to allow them to continue to qualify as solicitors and barristers. Other students are working as paralegals or legal executives, some in administrative roles and many have continued onto postgraduate qualifications. We look forward to continued contact with these students, to see which career path they choose.

Studying law prepares you for a wide range of different careers and your degree will be highly sought after by employers of all kinds.

Career Prospects

Our first cohort of Law with Criminology students graduated from in July 2010. Many of them will now have completed their Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course, to allow them to continue to qualify as solicitors and barristers. Other students are working as paralegals or legal executives, some in administrative roles and many have continued onto postgraduate qualifications. We look forward to continued contact with these students, to see which career path they choose.

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Links with Industry

Students will have the opportunity to source a paralegal placement with a law firm for a duration of 9-12 months as part of their course. The School will assist students with finding a placement. This takes place between years two and three, and students have the opportunity to learn valuable work-based skills in a professional legal environment.

This is an excellent opportunity which allows the student to graduate with the LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology (with Professional Placement) degree, which few other universities are able to offer.

You will also have the opportunity of a mini-pupillage at a local barristers’ chambers, as well as other short placement options.

Salford Law has developed strong links with local professions and opportunities exist for students to engage with a wide range of firms and practices.

Placement Opportunities

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees for entry in 2017-18 will be published as soon as possible.

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeN/A
Full-time International£12,000

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the new Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community, just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus. Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, several open study spaces and a mock trial room for Salford Law students.