Why study Law and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University?
- This programme is not a qualifying law degree. Read the Professional accreditation/links section for further details
- 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 University's Erasmus / Go Global 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
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.
Many of your tutors have professional frontline experience of working in the criminal justice system or researching law and criminal justice, 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 following completion of professional training programmes for solicitors and barristers, 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.
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 University'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.
"It was always Liverpool for me, but what LJMU allowed me to do was to combine my desire to study Law with a Criminal Justice twist. Tailoring my course with more criminal justice-based modules allowed me to really expand my knowledge in areas that really interested me. Right from the first open day I was hooked; my lecturers were personable and interesting, my peers were supportive and I have made friends for life. 6 years on I now work in education, supporting the safeguarding and wellbeing of my students and guiding them to their next steps in life, always with a nudge towards studying at LJMU."
This programme is not a qualifying law degree.
Entrants can qualify as a solicitor by undertaking the Solicitors Qualifying Examination ("SQE") route after completion of the programme. To qualify through the SQE route entrants will need to pass two stages of SQE assessment, undertake two years' full-time (or equivalent) qualifying work experience and pass character and suitability requirements. To qualify as a Barrister entrants would need to complete a Law conversion course offering teaching in the foundation subjects of law after completion of the programme before progressing onto training as a barrister on the Bar Professional Training Course ("BPTC").
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you'll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Examples of careers our recent graduates have entered are:
- 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
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course, to ensure our students experience a transformation in their career trajectory. Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU's suite of online Apps, resources and jobs board via the LJMU Student Futures website. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU's in-house recruitment service, and we also offer fully funded Discovery Internships.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones and we offer a year-round programme of events, including themed careers and employability workshops, employer events and recruitment fairs. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU's Careers, Employability and Start-up Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or optional in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations. Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules provide you with an element of choice. Their availability may vary and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Criminal Justice System
The module aims to explore the criminal justice process in England and Wales. You will learn about: police powers, including the power to stop and search; crime control and due process models of policing; sentencing and punishment.
This module will provide you with an understanding of historical and contemporary criminological theories and highlight how these have shaped and influenced the modern day criminal justice system and responses to crime and deviance.
Media, Public and Criminal Justice
This module introduces you to the relationship between the media, the public and issues of criminal justice. It will demonstrate how the media influences 'common sense' assumptions and political decision making around crime and justice. It will also highlight the importance of 'the public' in the contemporary criminal justice sphere. You will develop a fundamental understanding of the interactions and relationships that exist between the media, the public and issues of crime and justice.
English Legal System
This module aims to introduce students to the basic structures and values which drive the English legal system in practice.
Skills for Success in Law and Criminal Justice
This module aims to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary for successful study on a programme focusing on law and criminal justice.
Human Rights, Social Justice and the Law
This module aims to raise student awareness of concepts, values and definitions relating to both human rights and social justice. After looking at competing definitions of human rights and social justice, the module considers how both frameworks influence English criminal law and English criminal justice, and how both could be used side-by-side to use criminal law and criminal justice as tools for building a better and fairer society.
Crime, Law and Criminalisation I
This module is designed for students who are studying criminal law alongside criminal justice modules. It aims to provide a critical discussion and analysis of the basic substantive criminal law (in terms of relevant case and statute law), but also aims to relate the substantive criminal law to its application in the criminal justice process in practice, as well as to its socio-legal context in wider society.
Crime, Law and Criminalisation II
This module builds on the knowledge gained by students in previous modules by critically examining a range of specific criminal law offences and their implementation and enforcement in English criminal justice practice.
Injustices in a 'Just' System
This module will encourage you to critically reflect on the concepts of injustice and justice, inequality, poverty, power and powerlessness. You will be encouraged to think about how these concepts impact on the experience of people processed through and experiencing the system of justice.
Decision Making in Criminal Justice
This module will build on your knowledge of the decision making process in criminal justice in England and Wales.
Professional Development in Criminal Justice
The aim of this module is to provide you with the ability to develop self-awareness and identify skills to improve their employability in criminal justice and allied areas. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between theory, policy and the experience of practice in various criminal justice agencies.
An Introduction to Penology
This module allows you to pursue a more in-depth study of two of the main criminal justice institutions, Prison and Probation services. The design and delivery surrounding their administration has remained the subject of intense debate and controversy throughout their history. Therefore, you will be encouraged to critically engage with these debates taking into consideration the theory, policy, and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.
Study Year Abroad - Criminal Justice
The aim is to provide students with an additional year of study at an approved overseas partner that will complement their programme at LJMU. This is an additional year of full-time study at an approved higher education institution. The modules to be studied must be agreed in advance, and must be appropriate for the student's programme of study. Assuming successful completion of this year, mark-bearing credit will be awarded by the Faculty Recognition Group. The grade conversion scale to be used will be made available in advance of the year abroad.
Criminal Justice Policy, Practice and the Evidence Base
This module provides you with a critical awareness of how policy has developed in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. You are introduced to the theories and concepts of policy formation and you will consider case studies of the creation, implementation and delivery of criminal justice policy across the sector. The module will help you develop your critical thinking skills in reflecting upon the impact of criminal justice practice. The sessions will discuss all key institutions within criminal justice work the police, probation, prisons, youth justice, and courts and engages with significant pieces of policy and legislation that continue to shape how the criminal justice system functions.
The overall aim of this module is to develop a more meaningful understanding of victims of crime and to critically explore their role and experiences within the criminal justice system. You will develop a critical appreciation of the conceptual development of victims and victimology as an academic discipline and also evaluate the notions of victimhood and explore challenges for victim service provision.
Criminal Justice Research
This module covers the range of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, used within criminal justice and the researching of crime. You will be provided with an overview of the development of research and evaluation within criminal justice in the last 50 years, and why it is so important. The course allows you to consider the practical and ethical considerations in research, and allows you to develop skills in producing a literature review and research proposal for an original project.
European Criminal Law
To develop student knowledge of the foundations of European Union law and its interpretation To raise awareness of European substantive criminal law, criminal procedure and sentencing To understand the co-operation in, and enforcement of, European criminal law at national level To reflect upon the challenges for European criminal law in the Brexit era
This module aims to raise student awareness of the principles and practice relating to criminal evidence, in both the legal and the criminal justice contexts.
Contemporary Issues in Prisons and Probation
The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your learning and understanding of penology building on the introductory course at level 5. You will be given the opportunity to critically evaluate and consider contemporary issues in penology with a clear focus on the theory, policy and practice which surrounds community and custodial interventions.
The overall aim of the course is to develop a more meaningful understanding of the police as an organisation and to critically explore the role policing plays within wider understandings of crime and criminology.
This module will provide you with a critical understanding of the position of youth in society today, the relationship between youth and crime, and the range of ways in which criminal justice responds to youth crime in England and Wales. It will provide you with knowledge of the past and current policy and legislation relating to young people. You will have the opportunity to develop practice skills of assessing seriousness, suitability and risk assessment in relation to offences and sentences for young people, as well as oral presentation skills by preparing and completing the module's assessed presentation.
Substance Use, Society and Criminal Justice
This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of the sociocultural place of substance use. It will investigate different paradigms and perspectives on substance (mis)use and explore relevant drug policy. The module will also seek to provide a comprehension of how we practically respond to substance use via treatment interventions.
The dissertation module requires you to select a problem or issue within criminal justice, to locate this within existing literature, and to conduct independent research generating data which forms the basis of a written thesis. You will be allocated an individual supervisor and support will be available throughout the process.
Regulation, Harm and Victimisation
Within this module, you will be introduced to the area of governance, regulation and regulatory bodies in the context of non-conventional harm and victimisation. You will also be able to critically investigate non-conventional harm and victimisation and explore and apply concepts such as regulation, accountability and justice.
Comparative Criminal Justice
The overall aim of this module is to examine the practices, policies, and philosophies of criminal justice in different cultural and geographical contexts and provide an overview of different types of criminal justice systems around the globe. This module will therefore provide a critical understanding of the development of alternative justice processes across the globe.
International Criminal Law and State Crime
This module develops student awareness of international criminal law: its historical development, its principles of criminal responsibility, and its direct and indirect enforcement, using the development of the International Criminal Court as a focus and case study.
This module aims to build students' employability skills in relation to negotiation and mediation as an alternative to formal court processes, and in relation to arguing appeal cases in court through the processes of mooting.
Green Criminology and Environmental Crime
This module aims to raise student awareness of issues relating to the nature, extent and typology of environmental crime. The module also aims to stimulate critical evaluation of the current responses to environmental crime, and of green criminology's contributions to the debate about the most effective responses.
Cybercrime and the AI World
This module aims to develop student knowledge of academic ideas and evidence relating to cybercrime - its definition, what we know and don't know about its extent, how we respond to it, and how we should respond to it. The development of AI in the response to crime will also be investigated.
Violence and Society
This module aims to develop advanced and theoretically-informed knowledge of the range of typologies of violence that exist in society, the nature and extent of different forms of violence, and the challenges of regulating violence
Advanced Criminal Law: Theory and Practice
This module aims to give students who are already familiar with the general and specific part of criminal law a deeper, more theoretically-informed understanding of the values and principles driving criminal law, which influence criminal law's past, present and future.
Sex, Crime and Society
To develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles, policies and doctrines relating to the criminalisation and de-criminalisation of sexual, and sexually-related, behaviour within society. To provide a critical analysis of the rationale for, and scope of, a selective range of sexual offences in their socio-legal context. To provide a critical awareness of the issues and challenges involved in applying relevant legal principles to legal scenarios. As the phenomenon of sexual offences does not exist in a vacuum, the module will evaluate critically those offences from a variety of perspectives: historical and modern; social/cultural; ethical and moral; political. Within these contexts, the criminalisation of sexual behaviour will be evaluated and the law applied critically to specific factual situations. There will be consideration of the ongoing dynamic development of sexual offences, including the rationale for and effectiveness of reform, and comparative analyses.
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
In this module you will examine the key concepts in relation to terrorism and explore a number of key issues including definitions of terrorism, ideologies, typology, group structures, tactics, methods of operation, target selection, state response, use of technologies, funding and media impact. You will also explore the concept of, and delivery of, counter terrorism initiatives with a focus on the measures being adopted within the United Kingdom, drawing on comparative counter-terrorism strategies from the US and Canada.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, smaller student-led tutorials, online activities, hands-on practical experience and private study.
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.
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.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
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.
Where you will study
What you can expect from your School
Based within the John Foster Building, in the Mount Pleasant Campus, the School of Justice Studies is a leading provider of education in Policing Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice. We provide specific training for policing students wishing to enter the service as a graduate recruit. The John Foster Building has many outstanding facilities, including well-equipped IT Suites, a light-filled Student Common Room and dedicated study areas. At the back of the John Foster Building is the Aldham Robarts Library, which gives access to an exceptional range of materials to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Grades/points required from qualifications: 120
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BBB
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM required in a relevant subject if no other Level 3 qualifications taken.
- 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: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 120 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical
120 UCAS Tariff points
- 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
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
120 UCAS Tariff points in a related subject
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Alternative qualifications considered
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.
Alternative qualifications considered
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- 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
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Welsh GCSE in Maths or Numeracy
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.
DBS, Occupational Health requirements
Is a DBS check required?
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
UCAS is the official application route for our full-time undergraduate courses. Further information on the UCAS application process can be found here https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate-students/how-to-apply.
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.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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