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LLB (Criminal Law) - (Hons)

Why study this course?

The LLB (Hons) degree from London Metropolitan University has an emphasis on Criminal Law and Litigation. Attaining this degree provides an excellent opportunity for early specialism in this important area of legal practice.

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The LLB Hons (Criminal Law) is a fully recognised Qualifying Law Degree which gives you the early opportunity to specialise in aspects of Criminal Law.

This course is especially well suited for those looking to become criminal lawyers, police officers or work within the Crown Prosecution Service. However, you won't be restricted to this sector, as your degree will be equally valid for any field of legal professional practice.

As well as studying and researching some fascinating and niche areas of the Criminal Justice system – well beyond what you will study in the traditional LLB Foundations of Criminal Law course – you'll get the opportunity to practise your advocacy skills in our purpose built court room.


You'll be assessed through case studies, essays, examinations, presentations and research projects. These assessments allow you to develop and demonstrate a wide range of skills and knowledge which may be invaluable for further study or career.

Professional accreditation

The degree is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Year one modules:

  • Legal System (core, 30 credits)
  • Contract Law (core, 30 credits)
  • Law of Tort (core, 30 credits)
  • Criminal Law (core, 30 credits)

Year two modules:

  • Public Law (core, 30 credits)
  • Law of The European Union (core, 30 credits)
  • Property Law (core, 30 credits)
  • Evidence and Advocacy (option, 30 credits)
  • Women and the Law (option, 15 credits)
  • Work Placement/Work Related Course (option, 15 credits)

In Year Two, you may also choose a language module worth 15 credits (Arabic, French, German or Spanish) or one of the following modules:

  • Crime, Media and Technology (option, 15 credits)
  • Youth, Crime and Violence (option, 15 credits)
  • Crime and the Media (option, 15 credits)
  • Justice and Society (option, 15 credits)

Year three modules:

  • Equity and Trusts (core, 30 credits)
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights (core, 30 credits)
  • Dissertation in Criminal Law (core, 30 credits, unless choosing Extended Essay)
  • Extended Essay in Criminal Law (core, 15 credits, unless choosing Dissertation)
  • Penal Policy (core, 15 credits)
  • Work Placement/Work Related Course (core, 15 credits, unless taken in year two)
  • Jurisprudence (option, 15 credits)
  • Environmental Law (option, 15 credits)
  • Landlord and Tenant Law (option, 15 credits)

You could go on to train as a solicitor or barrister, after graduating with this LLB course. As well as qualifying you for this next stage of training, this course prepares you for other graduate careers, including roles in business, media, voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice. Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to prepare you for a professional career. Our online vacancy system, Prospects Net illustrates opportunities for part-time, full-time, vacation and voluntary work.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We're moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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