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Law with Criminology LLB

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


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January 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 23,275

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers in criminal justice, whether as a legal professional or public servant focused on criminal justice or supporting prosecution, defence, rehabilitation or law and penal reform. You’ll benefit from dual perspectives; working with experts in both legal and criminology disciplines.
  • You will develop skills in legal and academic reasoning and research, and an appreciation of social policy and the principles of justice, underlying the fundamental principles of law and the criminal justice system. You will study modules from both Leicester Law School and the School of Criminology wwhich examine the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behaviour in both the individual and wider society in addition to the essential foundations required for an LLB degree. You will also explore the factors that underscore processes of law-making, law-breaking and law enforcement. Leicester is ranked #2 in the country for teaching criminology (The Guardian University Guide 2021), and you'll benefit from our expertise at every step.
  • You can broaden your perspective with a year studying overseas, or make a difference by giving free legal advice to real clients through our Pro-Bono group. We will also encourage you to build practical skills through our award-winning extracurricular activities.
  • Law and Criminology are inseparable. Each discipline informs the other - changes in law inevitably lead to criminologists adapting their understanding, and vice versa. This course is ideal if you are interested in criminal law and want to broaden your knowledge to include what goes on outside the courtroom, in prison and working on offender behaviour.

Topics that are typically explored in criminology include:

What is the nature of criminal behaviour?

Why do individuals commit crime?

  • How and why do definitions of crime change over time and between societies?
  • How should society deal with criminal activity?
  • By combining the study of Law with Criminology you can complement and contextualise your Law studies for a broader and deeper understanding of your subject. Optional modules in law and criminology allow you to examine criminology issues in more detail, develop higher level legal skills or diversify to explore contrasting or complementary areas of law.


  • Citizens of Change 100 Scholarship - Anyone holding an offer of a place at Leicester - 50% fee reduction in first year
  • Science and Engineering International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester College of Science and Engineering - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Family Loyalty Discount - Any child, sibling or spouse of a Leicester student or graduate - 10% fee discount
  • Media, Communications and Sociology International Merit Scholarship - International-fee-paying students applying for an undergraduate degree in the University of Leicester School of Media, Communications and Sociology - £3,000 or £5,000 per year
  • Music scholarships - Talented musicians/singers at Grade 6 or above - £500
  • Sports scholarships - Students who compete at regional, national or international level - Facilities, coaching and financial support
  • ULSB International Merit Scholarship - Students applying for a degree in the University of Leicester School of Business, starting September 2022 or later - £3,000 per year

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2023

Entry requirements

  • No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide additional information which we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.
  • A-levels: AAB. General Studies accepted 
  • EPQ with A-levels: ABB EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: English language at Grade C/4 or above 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 33 points. Plus grade 4 in SL English if not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: D*D*D with a strong GCSE background 
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second year entry is not permitted.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 including 6.0 in writing (or equivalent). If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

  • In your first year you will study the fundamentals of the legal system and criminology and consider the relationship between the two.


  • Analysing Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract Law
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Law, Justice and Society

Year 2

  • You will continue your legal education by studying the three major areas of Criminal Law, European Law and the Law of Tort.
  • You will build upon your first year of criminology by studying the practical matters of punishment and rehabilitation.

Core modules

  • Criminal Law
  • The Law of Tort (Advanced)
  • Punishment and Rehabilitation

Option modules

  • Either EU Law (double module)
    or EU Law (single module) and one of the Criminology option modules listed below
  • Criminology option modules
  • Sex and Violence
  • Legal Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation
  • Terrorism
  • Criminal Investigations

Final year

  • During your final year you will have the opportunity to explore the areas of law and criminology that most fascinate you. The three core modules will ensure that you cover the essential topics, but you will be able to choose the remaining modules according to your interests. The option modules reflect our academics' areas of expertise and are all designed to bridge the space between the two disciplines.

Core modules

  • Equity and Trusts (Advanced) 
  • Land Law (advanced)

Option modules

  • If you took the double EU Law module in Year 2
  • No law modules and 4 Criminology modules
  • 1 module from Law list A and 2 Criminology modules
  • 1 from Law list B and 3 Criminology modules
  • 2 from Law list B and 2 Criminology modules
  • If you took the single EU Law module in Year 2
  • 1 module from Law list A and 2 Criminology modules
  • 1 from Law list B and 3 Criminology modules
  • 2 from Law list B and 2 Criminology modules

Law option modules list A (double modules)

  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Medical Law
  • Human Rights in the 21st Century
  • International Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Company Law
  • Criminology
  • Law Dissertation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law of Evidence
  • Law and Political Theory
  • Immigration Law
  • Bioethics

Law option modules list B (single modules)

  • Clinical Legal Skills – A Law Clinic Module
  • Caring and the Law
  • Commercial Property
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Criminal Justice: Policing, Sentencing and Rehabilitation
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Advanced Clinical Legal Skills
  • Clinical Legal Skills
  • Wills and the Administration of Estates
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Real Estate in Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Justice: Prosecutions and Criminal Trials

Criminology option modules

  • Gender and Crime
  • Violence
  • Hate Crime
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice and Mental Disorder
  • Drugs, Crime and Society

Optional year abroad

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

UK Students

  • Starting in 2022
  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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