Why Sheffield?

We understand how important choosing the right university is for you and your future. That's why we've put together some information to help you decide whether Sheffield is right for you.

Undergraduate lecture

Whatever your interests and career goals, our courses let you tailor your studies and create a unique university experience. We will encourage you to confront new and complex ideas at the cutting edge of law and criminal justice, while also honing your skills in preparation for the graduate job market.

Research-led teaching

We believe that excellent research creates excellent teaching. Our research is rated 2nd for outputs nationally by quality (Research Excellence Framework, 2021), demonstrating that we are pioneering new thinking and producing novel and innovative works for academia, policymakers and beyond. Our School is home to leading internationally-recognised research centres, where our staff examine topical questions such as Brexit, cyber warfare, global supply chains, modern slavery, drug policing, sexual offending, and restorative justice. Explore our research, upcoming events and international profile. 

With some of the world’s leading experts in law and criminology, our staff will encourage you to develop the skills, knowledge and values that you can apply to some of the most important contemporary debates in law and criminal justice.  

Our research informs our teaching: our staff bring the latest theories and findings from their research into the lecture theatre and seminar room to help you make sense of some of today’s ‘big questions’ in law and criminology. Our staff will help you to grapple with new ideas and ways of thinking, and the distinctive design of our programmes means that you will have the chance to explore the issues that excite you the most.

A course to suit you

At Sheffield, we know from experience that students perform the best when selecting the modules that interest them the most. We have designed our programmes to maximise the ability for you to choose what you want to study. You will gain solid foundations in theory, doctrine, methods and analytical skills whilst also having the chance to specialise in the areas that you find the most interesting. 

We are a large and diverse School, which means that you will have a wide range of modules from which to select. We regularly refresh our module choices to reflect the latest research of our staff, and to ensure that our students have the chance to debate and research the most challenging and contemporary questions in law and criminology. Some of our new modules cover topics such as Brexit, populism, digital lawyering, international human rights law advocacy, and criminology and war. View a full list of our undergraduate courses and modules.

I was able to shape my degree by choosing modules of interest from early on. Covering the foundation modules in first year allows you to take advanced modules and optional modules in second and final year.

Georgina Allsopp

LLB Law and Criminology graduate

Preparing you for the world of work

We have an unstinting commitment to preparing our students for the global workplace. That is why at Sheffield we run an extensive range of initiatives to prepare students for the world of work. Our pro bono schemes are very popular, where you will have the chance to advise real clients with real legal problems under the supervision of our staff. With over 200 places across 10 schemes, there are plenty of opportunities for our students. We also offer a range of other activities, such as mooting and extra-curricular courses on commercial awareness and legal technology. Students also have the chance for individual career advice from staff. 

97% of our graduates enter employment or further study within six months of graduation.

Our students benefit from our very strong relationships with employers. We work with local, regional, national and international firms to offer presentations and first-hand advice on applications, job assessments and interviews. We also have excellent connections with senior criminal justice professionals across the world, including judges, lawyers, academics, local and national government, non-governmental organisations, police and probation services. Find out here how we help to give our students a head-start in the job market. 

Study abroad

We have designed all of our programmes to ensure that all of our students have the chance to study abroad in their third year, if they choose to do so. We are very proud of the fact that each year approximately 80 students choose to study abroad at one of 75 destinations around the world. With 75 partner universities around the world, all of our students can study abroad, no matter their course and irrespective of whether they are proficient in a foreign language. 

Our students do amazing things on their year abroad, and develop the skills of cultural agility so highly valued by leading employers. Through our study abroad programmes, you can take the time to experience another legal system and culture, make lifelong friends, and enhance your employability prospects.

Explore our study abroad programme.

My experience helps me to feel more equipped and experienced when facing challenges such as academic writing or balancing priorities. It has also given me something unique that I am truly passionate to talk and write about on applications  for training contracts, as I want to be a lawyer. I cannot encourage Sheffield students enough to take the opportunity. No matter where you go, it will be challenging but genuinely rewarding!

Agatha Hunt (on her year abroad in New Zealand)

LLB Law student

Sheffield - our special city

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We understand that your university experience is more than just studying. We are as proud of our city as we are of our University. Sheffield is one of the UK’s most creative, greenest, safest, cheapest and culturally significant cities. You’ll struggle to find a city that can surprise you like Sheffield. With the Peak District on our doorstep, a city to explore, and over 350 clubs and societies across the Students’ Union, there is something for everyone.

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