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Law with Criminal Justice LLB

Course code

M1M2

MCM2 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2022/23

UK £9,250

International £16,825

Entry requirements

ABB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

31 (IB)

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Overview

The Brunel Law with Criminal Justice LLB gives students the opportunity to earn a law degree with specialist knowledge in the field of criminal law and criminal justice.

Along with the requirements of the traditional LLB degree you’ll learn substantive criminal law and how the criminal justice system works in practice and procedure.

Importantly, you’ll be encouraged to use this knowledge to think critically about crime: its origins, its impact on society and the most effective strategies to combat it.

We offer two study options. You can choose three years full-time, or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement that will give you hands-on experience in a legal practice.

All of our students have careers advisers with whom you can discuss career ideas with and who can offer guidance on placements and further study options throughout the duration of your time with us.

The solicitors qualification route will change from 1 September 2021. To qualify as a solicitor you will need a degree and to pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), Parts 1 and 2. The Brunel LLB provides a solid grounding in the core legal subjects aspiring solicitors need to know. There will be a transitional period applicable to students who have completed, started, accepted an offer of a place or paid a non-refundable deposit by 21 September 2021 (inclusive) for a qualifying law degree (QLD) as long as they started their course by 31 December 2021. These students will have had the option of taking either the 'QLD route' or the 'SQE route'. Brunel LLB programme is a QLD for these purposes. Those students who opted for the QLD route by 1 September 2021 will have until 31 December 2031 to qualify as a solicitor, as long as courses still remain available. To qualify as a barrister you will need a law degree which covers the foundations of legal knowledge subjects, which the Brunel LLB does. For further information on solicitor and barrister qualification routes, please refer to www.sra.org.uk and www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The LLB consists of both compulsory and optional modules, which are designed to give you a thorough grounding in the English law and criminal justice system.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

Our high quality placements will give you first-hand professional legal experience and a real taste of what life after your studies could be like. You’ll benefit from the guidance of dedicated careers advisers and access to workshops and masterclasses to help find the best path for you. So whether you want to explore your passion for law or already have your dream job in mind, we’ll support you on your career journey.

Our graduates in recent years went on to pursue careers in range of high-profile organisations such as the Court of Appeal, Blake Morgan, CPS, Freshfields, Mishcon de Reya, the Home Office and Linklaters.

Our strong links with industry will help you to boost your career potential. Brunel is one of the few UK universities on the Blake Morgan Brand Ambassador Scheme – offering great work experience opportunities, mentoring programmes and giving you great exposure to the graduate recruitment team of a leading law firm.

With a 95%* employment rate, you’ll be sure to leave Brunel with a firm grounding in legal theory, allowing you to be flexible in your future choices. Law affects every part of our society so we’ll prepare you for work in the corporate world and government as well as legal roles in the humanitarian and criminal fields.

Under the umbrella of Law Lives, you’ll build, develop and strengthen transferable skills and experiences through a range of activities and programmes such as Brunel’s Pro Bono Legal Advice Centre, which offers pro bono legal advice through various clinics in different areas of law.

*UNISTATS 2018: 4-year course

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A Level ABB (all subjects considered excluding General Studies).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Business, Applied Law or Public Services.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Business, Applied Law or Public Services subject, with an A Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Applied Law, Business or Public Services subject, with A Levels grade BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 31 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 128 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Law, Business and Law or Humanities and Social Science with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • T levels : Distinction overall.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally 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.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)  

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£16,825 full-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed by various combinations of coursework and/or examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.

In Levels 1 and 2, you will be assessed by 50% examination, 35% coursework consisting of a 2000 word essay including footnotes and references, and 15% seminar participation. 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

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