Take the first step towards your career in the criminal justice system, or as a barrister or solicitor with a law degree that explores the different aspects of criminology.
- Develop a deep understanding of offending and victimisation
- Gain the analytical skills required for a career in the Law
- Develop the transferrable knowledge and skills related to business and the legal profession
Why study Law with Criminology?
Our LLB Law with Criminology degree will give you the foundation needed to become a successful barrister or solicitor, as well as careers in commerce or government.
The degree is designed for anyone interested in solving, understanding and preventing crimes.
Criminology and Criminal Law are concerned with the Law and society’s approach to crime and the people who commit them. However, they focus on different aspects:
Criminology focuses on analysing crimes and criminals in order to understand their motives and find ways to prevent future crimes. It also analyses trends and the impact of crimes on human societies. Another important aspect of Criminology is the evaluation of punishment and rehabilitation methods in order to determine their efficacy and ways to improve them
Criminal Law deals with the Law directly related to criminal offences.
Becoming a Barrister
Our LLB Law degrees are ‘Qualifying Law Degrees’ (QLD) and are recognised by the Bar Standards Board. The completion of one of these degrees will satisfy the academic requirements for admission to the Bar, although you will still need to pass an aptitude test and embark on (and pass) the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
Becoming a Solicitor
Since the September 2021 anyone who has not started a QLD is now able to qualify as a solicitor through the Solicitor’s Qualification Exam route (SQE). The candidate must:
- complete both stages of assessment, SQE1 and SQE2
- complete a degree-level qualification or equivalent
- complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE)
- satisfy the SRA’s character and suitability requirements
Our LLB and BA (Hons) Law degrees are ideal courses to ground your legal knowledge and help prepare you for the SQE, although you will still need to embark on a course that will prepare you for passing the SQE after graduation.
Why St Mary's?
The Law School is situated just a 30 minute train journey to legal London. The Supreme Court, Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, The Law Society and the Inns of Court are all easily accessible from our campus.
We also have excellent links with Kingston Crown Court, which has in the past offered marshalling opportunities for our students.
London is also the ideal location to be studying business, with the City known as the financial capital of the world.
Our Department of Law, Criminology and Politics is only a 30 minute train ride to Parliament, an institution that is open to all, which especially important for the Law student because Parliament is where legislation is made.
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, Criminology and Politics Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the Law with Criminology undergraduate degree.
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Dr Judith Bourne
Head of Department - Law, Criminology and Politics