Begin your career in Law and Criminology in a friendly, stimulating environment. Develop skills whilst discovering and exploring areas which interest you most.
Why study Law with Criminology (with a Foundation Year)?
The Law with Criminology programme is tailored for students who are interested in careers in the criminal justice system, or are interested in law and in becoming a barrister or solicitor.
A major challenge to society is 'crime'. Criminology examines 'crime' and 'deviance,' and the processes through which the criminal justice system responds to these phenomena.
You will learn the core ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board in order to pass the academic stage of training and progress on to the vocational stage.
Future changes to the qualification routes for solicitors with the introduction by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (‘SQE’) mean that if you start a law degree course in the 2021/22 academic year or later, you would need to pass the SQE to qualify as a solicitor.
The Criminology modules on offer as part of this degree enable you to explore why crime exists, how crime and deviance is socially constructed, which societies have the most crime and how societies deal with crime. No society is crime free; crime and society are intertwined.
By studying this degree you'll develop the analytical and reasoning skills essential for formulating legal arguments and will gain a thorough understanding of key issues within criminology. Not only does it allow graduates to pursue legal careers, but the programme provides the opportunity to pursue several career pathways.
With a wide range of option modules - including work-based learning placements - and a diverse variety of assessment methods, such as simulated negotiation exercises and delivering presentations, you will learn through experiencing the law, not just through exams.
Previous students have undertaken placements in the local and wider London area, in private and sole practitioner solicitor firms, barristers' chambers, charities, and the Youth Justice Board.
Why St Mary's?
Our Law with Criminology degree is taught by leading academics in both fields - as well as former solicitors and barristers - in an open and friendly environment, with emphasis given to supporting you as an individual.
We work hard to help you develop your employability skills and this degree programme will enable you to experience external visits to the Supreme and Crown Courts, for example. The teaching staff on the programme have expertise in modern slavery and human trafficking, terrorism and counter radicalisation, green criminology, sports criminology, and drugs, alcohol, homelessness and crime. There are also regular talks by guest speakers on topics such as organised crime and human trafficking, medical fraud and prisons.
There are opportunities for you to sign up to observe at legal advice clinics in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. You may also have the opportunity to observe practitioners at a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and at a pro-bono legal advice service for the local community. You may even be able to shadow a judge at a local court.
The degree programme is connected to the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery and the Centre for Law and Culture. You're encouraged to attend public lectures and other suitable events as these opportunities will enable you to develop learning beyond your undergraduate studies, both in the context of further studies and career development.
About the Foundation Year
Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.
On successful completion of the Law Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Law with Criminology.
- This programme offers both practice focussed vocational modules and those exploring research based criminology, legal theory and cultural issues encouraging in-depth study and extended learning
- The friendly, enthusiastic Law with Criminology lecture team will be teaching areas they have either practiced or carried out research in and are available for individual support for students
- Employability is at the heart of the programme through active engagement with the local legal community, its modules and extra-curricular activities such as mooting, mock trials and excellent commercial awareness workshops
- Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus