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About the course
Understanding how criminal justice works as a system will enable you to think critically about the genesis of crime, its effects on society and the most effective strategies to fight against it. The course brings the substantive (statutory/written law) and procedural (the 'machinery' to enforce) criminal law together into one programme.
There are two options available to students wishing to undertake the LLB with a specialisation in criminal justice:
- LLB Law with Criminal Justice (three years full-time)
- LLB Law with Criminal Justice (Professional Placement) (four years) - this includes a one-year work placement in law-related work. Previous placements have been in solicitors' firms, barristers' chambers, governmental institutions and related organisations.
LLB Law with Criminal Justice fulfils all the requirements of the traditional LLB degree, giving graduates qualifying law degree status. They gain the competitive advantage of a specialised knowledge in the area of criminal law and criminal justice.
To ensure that students possess a solid foundation and gain the most comprehensive understanding of criminal justice, in the first year of the programme they are introduced to the Criminal Justice System in conjunction with substantive criminal law. This allows them to put substantive criminal law into its procedural, institutional and cultural context.
- The foundation/qualifying law degree, first and second year modules, prepare students for an indepth examination of criminal justice in the final year of the programme, during which they are required to study at least two criminal law/criminal justice related modules.
- Students must choose at least two criminal justice related modules from those available in any particular year. Modules offered in previous years have included:
- Sentencing and Punishment
- Criminal Evidence and International Human Rights.
Students may choose all the criminal justice related modules offered in that year, if they wish. Alternatively they may choose up to two other modules.
The LLB provides students with an opportunity to earn a qualifying law degree and develop a dynamic perspective of English law.
LLB Law with Criminal Justice is designed to give students a thorough knowledge and understanding of:
- how crime is created, its effects on society and the role of modern criminal justice institutions.
- the most effective strategies to tackle crime, the ways in which criminality affects the public interest and how the fight against criminality may impact upon individual rights.
- how to apply relevant substantive and procedural law and demonstrate relevant career skills, especially skills pertinent to criminal justice professions.
The LLB consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
The Criminal Justice System
The Civil Justice System
Legal Skills and Methods
Public Law in Context
Law of the European Union
Dissertation on a criminal law or criminal justice topic
Plus 2 from the following:
Sentencing & Penology
International Human Rights
Sentencing and Penology (if not chosen as a compulsory module)
Taxation of Income
Evidence (if not chosen as a compulsory module)
Children and the Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Human Rights (if not chosen as a compulsory module)
International Sales Law and Arbitration
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and what you will learn on the course.
91 per cent of our LLB Law graduates are in employment or further study. While most progress into the legal profession, some students opt to study law as a first degree as a foundation for careers in the corporate world, government or international relations-related professions. Graduates can take advantage of the professional exemptions available with a Brunel Law Degree, and train to become barristers or solicitors.
Regular career events for law students are offered by the University's award-wining Professional Development Centre (PDC) and the School avidly supports the professional development of our students by offering an innovative range of skills-based experience such as mooting and debating, pro bono legal assistance, and in-court volunteering.
The PDC will provide students in the LLB Law with Criminal Justice programme with specialist guidance and support with a view to (but without any guarantees) securing students placements, mini pupillages and training contract/ pupillage interviews in the area of criminal law and criminal justice, and with a view to making it possible (but without any guarantee) for graduates to follow career paths within relevant criminal justice institutions such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the Probation Service and the Police.
The Legal Skills and Method study block at Level 1 introduces students to fundamental career skills, such as writing a CV and performing well in interviews. Students are also offered a range of master classes, workshops and training opportunities. The Legal Professionals Master Class (short course) gives students the chance to further enhancement such skills.
Opportunities for law graduates arise in a wide range of activities. You may take advantage of your professional exemptions and train to become a barrister or solicitor, but your degree could take you into careers other than law, including mediation, consultancy, industry, commerce, public administration, the social services, management and humanitarian aid.
Students on the LLB Law with Criminal Justice (Professional Placement) will spend a year working in industry where they gain valuable experience. We are one of only a few UK law schools that offer this unique opportunity as a part of the degree programme.
Most placements are with firms of solicitors or barristers' chambers, in the Crown Prosecution Service, and in the legal departments of commercial organisations, government departments and local councils.
Students on the four-year placement programme graduate with a degree from a respected law school, a most distinct CV and excellent links with legal practitioners.
The four-year route can also reduce the time required to become a solicitor after graduation, since the Law Society may credit part of your work experience against the solicitors' two year traineeship requirement.
The sandwich course also gives you valuable contacts for securing traineeships.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level ABB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma D*D*D in Business or Public Services.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business or Public Services subject, with an A-Level at grade A.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Applied Law, Business or Public Services subject, with A-Levels grade AB.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass Access to Law course with 45 credits at Level 3 Distinction.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.
Teaching and Assessment
Expert teaching staff
Brunel Law School is research driven and had excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) Brunel Law School’s lecturers are constantly extending the frontiers of domestic and international legal scholarship through their research.
The members of the Criminal Justice teaching team undertake advanced research in a wide range of subjects, such as criminal law, criminal evidence and procedure, criminology, sentencing and punishment, youth justice, criminal law theory, international criminal law and comparative criminal justice, comparative counter-terrorism and human rights.
Members of our excellent Criminal Justice Research Centre (CJRC) are engaged in a range of research initiatives including publishing and editing international journals and books, presenting conference papers and involvement in external committees and bodies reviewing criminal justice policies.
How will I be taught?
Lectures cover general principles and explain difficult concepts and normally last two hours at Level 1 and one hour at Level 3 Handouts giving references, further reading and summaries of points covered, are provided. Some lecturers use very innovative IT tools for presentations and lectures in some modules are audio recorded and made available as podcasts.
Seminars are small groups meeting for an hour to discuss practical scenarios and essay questions with a tutor.
In addition to their scheduled module specific classes, students are given the opportunity to attend other criminal law or criminal justice related seminars/clinics and Study visits to criminal courts and criminal justice institutions.
Personal tutor: At all levels students have a tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. Students who go on placement will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor their progress, visit them in their placement and provide further support if they need it.
Legal skills: We are one of the few UK law schools with a dedicated skills tutor who runs weekly essay clinics, designed to meet the needs of law students in the areas of essay writing, critical thinking, analysis and examination, presentations and time management among other subjects. International students can take advantage of free in-sessional English language classes as well.
Private study is at the centre of learning in higher education. Students are expected to study specific materials (textbooks and monographs, academic articles, judgments, official reports etc) in advance of lectures and seminars.
Online provision: Lecture and seminar materials are made available through Blackboard learn, Brunel’s virtual learning environment. Module sections in Blackboard learn also give students access to podcasts (when available), online discussions, revision tests and links to other sources of interest.
One-to-one expert supervision is provided to students undertaking the compulsory final year dissertation. Students in this specialist programme are required to choose a dissertation topic in the field of criminal law or criminal justice.
Modules are assessed by various combinations of coursework and/or examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
- The degree gives students full exemption from Part 1 of the Professional Examinations for the Law Society and Bar Council. This is a qualifying law degree containing training in the seven foundations of legal knowledge (specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board). The degree is one of the requirements needed to practise law.
- Law at Brunel is ranked 8th in London (The Complete University Guide 2018)
- Students can choose to combine the sandwich degree (a superb opportunity to spend a year working in the industry) with the criminal justice specialism, and gain the LLB Law with Criminal Justice (Professional Placement) qualification. Students can also switch from the LLB Law or other programme to the LLB Law with Criminal Justice (and vice versa) at any time, up to the beginning of Level 3.
- At Level 1 students will examine criminal law in parallel with the Criminal Justice System and will be assessed in these two subjects (a distinctive feature of the Brunel LLB Law programme).
- In the Legal Skills and Method module students are introduced to fundamental legal skills which are indispensable to successfully progressing through the programme and succeeding in the legal professions (e.g. legal reasoning and legal argumentation, legal writing as well as research, analysis and interpretation of sources of law). This, again, is a unique feature of the Brunel approach to learning.
- Students will have many chances to participate in criminal justice related extra-curricular activities, such as mooting, debating, the Pro Bono centre, the advocacy, fraud examination and client interviewing short courses, reading group sessions and law film screenings.
- The School has excellent links with a wide range of criminal law practitioners, experienced solicitors and barristers. It benefits from a close working relationship with dynamic law firms and the Inns of Court such as Inner Temple.
Facts and Figures
For over 45 years UK and international students have chosen Brunel Law School for its outstanding reputation as a respected London law school.
Brunel law students have amongst the highest graduate employment rates in the country (91 per cent) and the School has excellent links within industry. Our students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available to enhance their employability. We also offer many activities to keep you socially engaged such as our active student law society and Union of Brunel Students.
We are proud of our award-winning 'Professional Development Centre' (PDC), acknowledged as one of the best in the country.