If you are interested in developing practical legal knowledge and an understanding of crime, criminology and criminal justice then this non-qualifying Law degree will appeal to you.
The course is taught by the world-leading, research-active academics that are based in our prestigious Law School. They will introduce you to core topics in Criminology and Law and you will explore the connections between the two disciplines as you develop both specialist and transferable skills. The multi-disciplinary nature of the degree scheme will encourage you to recognise and reflect on the academic and professional links between Criminology and Law. You will analyse the social, cultural, political and economic contexts of crime and criminal justice by looking at the social circumstances of offending, policies regulating crime, and the social response to criminal activity.
This degree scheme is distinct from our LLB Law with Criminology degree, as the focus of the degree is on Criminology, meaning you do not study all of the core law modules that are required for a qualifying law degree
The Law School has excellent connections with local Criminal Justice Agencies, such as Lancashire Police and HMP Lancashire Farm. Students are able to visit the prison and engage in collaborative learning as part of our ‘Learning Together’ module, as well as undertaking a module analysing data from Lancashire Police. All of this helps you to make professional connections, learn more about Law firms and Criminal Justice Agencies, and get a head start on your chosen career.
You will benefit from our strong links to Chambers, Law firms and related professions from across the UK, including magic circle firms from London. We host a judicial lecture series, alumni visits and lectures, and a Law Fair, which is your chance to meet lawyers (including trainees, associates and partners) and members of their recruitment teams.
Our student-run Law Society provides you with a wide range of extracurricular activities including mooting and negotiation competitions (judged by barristers and members of the judiciary), a Law Ball, sporting fixtures, and a careers dinner. Each event is designed to help you build your peer and employer networks.
You can take part in initiatives such as our Miscarriages of Justice Project, which gives you the chance to work on real criminal cases alongside practising lawyers as they support prisoners who maintain their innocence and have exhausted their appeal rights. Through the Street Law project, you can gain experience in schools and organisations, advising and supporting them on specific areas of law. Volunteering opportunities with the Citizens Advice Bureau or Lancashire Constabulary's Special Constables are on offer via Lancaster University’s Student Union.
Your degree can open doors to jobs in the private, public and voluntary sectors and can be the first step towards a career as a solicitor or barrister. You may consider the following professional areas: Criminal Justice Agencies (the Police, the National Probation Service, GSL UK), the Home Office, the Department for Health, Social Services, NHS Trusts, Charities and the Youth Offending Service. At Lancaster, you will develop the skills required to negotiate competently, work effectively in a team, speak in public and be confident when presenting information in a variety of formats - all are highly prized by employers. Many of our graduates choose further study (LLM and MSc programmes, Graduate Diploma in Law followed by Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course) or enrol in graduate training schemes with the Police, the Probation Service, the Civil Service, and the Crown Prosecution Service.
3 Years Full Time
Taught in English