Law and Criminal Justice - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

LLB (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £11,630 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*
Part-time tuition fee: £6,935 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

LLB (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 120

UCAS code: MM12

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

About your course

The LLB (Hons) Law and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University is the ideal preparation for a range of fascinating careers in both the legal and the criminal justice sectors.

  • One of only a handful of courses in England and Wales that blends LLB Law and criminal justice studies
  • Teaching from supportive, internationally recognised legal professionals and criminal justice writers and practitioners
  • Work placements and voluntary work opportunities to enhance your CV
  • Opportunities to study in Europe as part of the School of Law's Erasmus programme
  • Opportunities to represent LJMU at national debating and mediation competitions
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

I am very satisfied with the teaching staff, and would recommend the course to anybody.

Georgi Georgiev, recent graduate

Studying for a criminal justice degree would enable people interested in a career with the prisons service to get to know the criminal justice system and help them understand the prisoners’ journey from sentencing through to rehabilitation.

Dave McAlley, HMP Altcourse

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

This highly vocational course is designed to enhance your employability by incorporating hands-on practical experience and work-related modules at every level. We also strongly encourage you to seek out voluntary work at all stages of the programme, as the experience will significantly enhance your CV and put you in a strong position once you start to compete on the open job market. A member of staff will advise you about specific work-related opportunities and act as a link mentor, liaising with local organisations on your behalf.

The course contains a number of modules that focus specifically on the skill sets that employers value, not just in the legal professions but in other careers as well. Communication, writing and organisational skills are all assets that will help you stand out from the crowd.

The School of Law's academic tutors work closely with LJMU's student development co-ordinator and careers advisors. As a result the School has received a research grant from the Higher Education Academy to fund further projects into enhancing Law School student employability prospects after their graduation.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

Our staff are committed to ensuring you get the most out of your three years at LJMU and encourage you to come to them for advice and guidance. For example, your personal tutor and module leaders will meet with you one-to-one to discuss personal or course-related issues.

There is plenty of support available throughout the assessment process too. On top of the support offered by academic staff, you will be given written guidelines, hints and tips and there will be revision and recap sessions for all modules as well as study support classes.

Course details

The law is a set of rules governing our day-to-day lives, defining right from wrong and what constitutes a crime. This is one of the few LLB programmes in England and Wales that compares the law in law books with how the law is used and applied by the criminal justice process.

Many of your tutors have professional frontline experience of working either within the law as solicitors or barristers or within the criminal justice system, with international reputations for research and writing, giving you a solid grounding in both areas.

While this course prepares you for a career in the legal profession, it also develops vital personal skills in teamwork, communication, writing and time management, so that you are more than ready to face the challenges of a range of careers should you decide that law isn’t for you.

This School has an enviable record in national debating and mediation competitions and we have an active and friendly law society, which provides an ideal opportunity to build contacts for future work placements.

We encourage you to organise a placement for your final year as it will give you vital experience of how the law or criminal justice system work in practice. For the same reasons, we recommend that you undertake some form of voluntary work during your time at LJMU and/or apply to take part in the School's Erasmus programme to see how legal systems work in another country.

As the course progresses, the modules become more focused on preparing you to work in the legal or criminal justice systems, and in your final year you will be able to specialise in the areas that interest you most, whether they be vocational or more abstract topics.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • Criminal Justice Process
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • Criminological Theory
  • Foundations of Law
  • Public Law   
Level 5
  • Decision Making in Criminal Justice
  • An Introduction to Penology
  • Law and the European Union
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Law of Tort
  • Land Law

Level 6
  • Remedies in Contract, Tort and Restitution

The following options are typically offered:

  • Contemporary Issues in Penology
  • Crimes of the Powerful
  • Youth Justice
  • Victimology
  • Substance Use, Society and Criminal Justice
  • Policing
  • Dissertation
  • Work-based Project
  • Media Law
  • Childcare and Protection
  • Negotiation
  • Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
  • Public International Law
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Mediation
  • Legal History Dissertation
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law
  • Sex, Crime and Society
  • Mooting
  • The American Legal System
  • Law of Succession
  • Company Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law
  • Evidence
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • The UN and International Security
  • Band and Financial Services Regulation
  • Animal Welfare and the Law
  • Law Relating to Financial Crime
  • Crime and Security in the EU
  • European Socio-Legal Studies

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, smaller student-led tutorials, hands-on practical experience and private study.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Many of the tutors on this course have practical experience of working in the legal or criminal justice systems, and are committed to ensuring you get the very best out of your learning experience.

The team is also actively involved in pioneering research and academic writing, with regular contributions to conferences in Europe, North America and Asia. Current research includes:

  • policing of ethnic minorities
  • terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • crime reduction in Europe
  • links between armed forces veterans and crime   

Most of the staff are actively engaged in research and publish widely. For example, Dr Noel Cross’ publication Criminal Law and Criminal Justice and Professor Peter De Cruz's monograph, Comparative Family Law are both used as the basis for course modules.

This combination of professional expertise and active research interests feed directly into the curriculum, ensuring the topics you cover are relevant to today’s law professional.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

The School of Law prides itself on its assessment methods, which combine traditional exams (seen and unseen), online multiple choice exams, coursework (essays, literature reviews and reports) and group presentations with pioneering practical assessments, such as mooting or arguing a legal case in a court setting.

We acknowledge that every student is unique and may perform differently depending on how they are assessed, so we allow you to choose assessments tailored to your own individual strengths.

Once you have completed an assessment, feedback is given within three working weeks, so you can promptly discuss your marks with your tutor and establish where you are performing well and areas for improvement.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

120

Application and selection

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess.Your personal statement should be concise and to the point.We want to see a systematic approach behind your submission with evidence that you have organisational ability.Explain why you want to study the course, show you’ve done some research into it and be aware of the career pathways.Work experience or contact with the legal system would be advantageous along with individual achievements.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English Prior to starting the programme

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBB
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DDM required in a relevant subject if no other Level 3 qualifications taken.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 120 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applicants will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Vocational skills are not just as ‘add-ons’ to this Law and Criminal Justice LLB programme, but a fully integrated part of it, so you will be perfectly positioned to apply for a range of different careers.

Examples of careers our recent graduates have entered are:    

  • solicitor
  • barrister
  • local authority legal adviser
  • media-related work
  • various legal roles in the private business sector
  • police officer
  • police community support officer
  • trainee probation officer
  • probation service assistant
  • arrest referral and bail support team worker
  • drug and alcohol support worker
  • Prison Service (including prison warden, education officer, drugs support officer)
  • social work, youth work (and working with young offenders)
  • and victim/witness support worker

The School of Law's academic tutors work closely with LJMU's student development co-ordinator and careers advisors. As a result the School has received a research grant from the Higher Education Academy to fund further projects into enhancing Law School student employability prospects after their graduation.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

This course is accredited by the Law Society and Bar Council of England and Wales, so that if you decide to continue your legal studies, you can progress directly onto training to become a solicitor or barrister, without the need for conversion.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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