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Law and Criminology LLB

School of Law

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    This course is no longer taking applications for 2022-23 entry. View 2023-24 entry or find another undergraduate course.

    Key details

    Course description

    Law students

    Criminology has been taught within the School of Law for over 35 years and has an outstanding reputation for both teaching quality and world-leading research in areas such as: policing, victims and restorative justice, crime and politics and the reasons why people stop offending.

    This three-year course covers the foundational legal subjects and combines them with a thorough study of the principles of criminology. These include criminal justice, explanations of crime and punishment and other responses to the phenomenon of crime.

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Law and Criminology LLB course structure
    UCAS code: M930
    Years: 2022, 2023

    Core modules:

    Comprehending Criminology

    This module introduces students to key areas of criminological definitions, empirical study, theory and the development of criminal justice systems. The module looks at case studies of crime and deviance from contemporary life to help students understand how some of the history and theory of criminology can be brought to bear on social and legal issues. Topics may feature, for example, youth crime, spouse murder, football hooliganism and credit card crime but also other areas if and when interesting cases arise.

    20 credits
    Criminal Law and Justice

    This module will introduce students to the concepts, theories and institutions of criminal law and justice, and its place in society. It will develop an understanding of the essential concepts of criminal liability. It will focus on the main institutional and procedural features of the criminal justice system, with the aim of stimulating an enquiring attitude towards the practice of criminal process. Students will have the opportunity to practise applying these processes to factual scenarios. The module provides a firm foundation for the more advanced study of criminal law and also of criminal evidence, criminal justice and criminal process.

    20 credits
    Introducing Criminological Research

    This module focuses on how crucial criminological topics have been investigated. The module is taught by lectures and seminars/classes and assessed by two 'take-home' exercises. In the seminars/classes students will work in small groups to examine real research studies, and work out how to tackle research problems.

    20 credits
    Law of Obligations (Contract, Torts & Restitution)

    The module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, which cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to the Law of Obligations, within the context of the Common Law. It facilitates an understanding of basic principles of Contract, Tort and Restitution (as appropriate), engendering an understanding of the substantive law, whilst recognising and appreciating the role of these comparators as illustrative of the broader nature of the Common Law. The module provides a firm foundation for more advanced study in the areas of contract, torts, restitution and unjust enrichment.

    20 credits
    Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts)

    This module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It introduces students to the concepts, theories and institutions of property law, and its place in society, focussing on the mechanisms for the creation, protection, transfer and loss of the different types of property right, specifically in Land Law and in Equity and Trusts. Students have the opportunity to practise the application of these mechanisms to factual scenarios. The module is essential for more advanced study of property-related subjects, including commercial property law, intellectual property law, and environmental law.

    20 credits
    Public Law in the UK and the EU

    This module is one of the core foundation subjects of the degree, through which students cover the Foundations of Legal Knowledge. It covers the key principles of constitutional, administrative, EU and Human Rights Law, enabling students to acquire knowledge of the key institutions and laws of the UK and the EU relevant to the constitutional and administrative justice systems of those legal orders. The module challenges students to explore at least one contemporary constitutional debate in some depth. The module provides a firm foundation for the more advanced study of a range of areas of public law.

    20 credits
    Core Legal and Study Skills 1 (CLASS1)

    This module supports students throughout Level 1 of their undergraduate studies. Following a programme of group learning experiences, lectures, tutorials, and self-reflection, it offers professional and peer support to students as they begin their University studies. It teaches the 'English Legal System' element of the 'Foundations of Legal Knowledge' taught through the other Level 1 Law modules, providing a basis for subsequent legal learning. It provides guidance to ensure students navigate the programme to their specific needs and interests. In doing so, the module will create a foundation for communities of learning that will sustain them throughout their degree.

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    You'll learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and small group teaching. Independent study is the key to academic success, including research and reading.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Study with us and you will be taught by international experts. We're a top 10 law school for research (Research Excellence Framework, 2014) that’s helping to shape the law and global society. We provide world class learning and teaching, and carry out research of global relevance.

    Our teaching is research-led, meaning you benefit from the latest thinking, keeping your learning at the forefront of your subject.

    Assessment

    • Coursework
    • Exams
    • Dissertation

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB

    A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in a relevant EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 34

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject

    Scottish Highers AAAAB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA

    Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall in Law, Business/Management, Humanities or Social Science with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit

    Other requirements
    • Two acceptable A Level subjects required

      Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
    • Relevant BTEC subjects are Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB

    A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in a relevant EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 33

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject

    Scottish Highers AAABB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB

    Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall in Law, Business/Management, Humanities or Social Science with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit

    Other requirements
    • Two acceptable A Level subjects required

      Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
    • Relevant BTEC subjects are Applied Law, Applied Science, Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship or Personal and Business Finance

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Equivalent English language qualifications

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    School of Law

    Bartolome house, students walking

    All of our courses prepare you for the challenges of professional life. Learning to identify and address the complex legal, moral, ethical or social questions that underpin the law is key to your success here. Your teachers will be researching the very latest aspects of law and criminology and amongst them are practising legal professionals. Their discoveries become yours, as their research filters into teaching.

    Top law firms regularly visit us to meet our students and take a hands-on approach by contributing to your wider education. They also interview our high-achieving students for jobs.

    We have over 200 places for voluntary work experience, which gives you the chance to do real client work that has a positive impact in the community. You can get involved in our free legal clinic and the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, an opportunity to work on cases of wrongful imprisonment. You can work on our commercial pro bono project, on our criminal justice initiative or at the courts, providing help and support to individual litigants. You can also work with several local charities as a trained adviser, helping individuals with their legal problems.

    Our degrees have a strong international focus to prepare you for a career that could take you anywhere. Our study abroad scheme is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and includes destinations in Europe, Australia, China, the US and Canada.

    School of Law students are based in Bartolomé House which is in close proximity to the whole University campus. Teaching takes place in Bartolome House and across the University campus, all within walking distance.

    Facilities

    You'll have access to our very own Moot Court where you'll have the opportunity to argue a fictional case as if representing a client and can also take part in national and international mooting competitions.

    School of Law

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      92 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    School of Law

    A world top 100 law department

    The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022

    UK top 10 for research excellence

    Research Excellence Framework 2014


    Student profiles

    I chose the University of Sheffield to study law and criminology because it looked like the full package: a reputable department and a course that would prepare me well for a career in law, with an award-winning students' union, too many extracurricular opportunities to count, and a friendly and close-knit city.

    Kyra Bradley, Graduate

    Graduate careers

    School of Law

    Many of our students enter the legal profession, either as barristers or solicitors. Our former students have joined global, national and regional law firms, barristers' chambers and have become judges. Three Lord Justices of Appeal are among our former graduates and regularly visit to support us. With all the opportunities and skills on offer, our students have also taken up careers in the criminal justice system and in a wide range of managerial professions.

    Practice of law

    Our LLB degrees provide you with expert knowledge to enter the legal profession. 

    If you plan to be a solicitor, after graduation you'll need to complete the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and undertake a two-year period of qualifying work experience. 

    If you plan to be a barrister, our courses satisfy the seven 'foundations of legal knowledge' set by the Bar Standards Board. After graduation you'll need to complete a Bar training course and undergo a period of work-based training supervised by an experienced barrister, known as a pupillage.

    Changes to law education

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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    University open days

    There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

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    Taster days

    At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Applicant days

    If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

    Campus tours

    Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    Book your place on a campus tour

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    This course is no longer taking applications for 2022-2023 entry. View 2023-2024 entry or find another undergraduate course.

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