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LLB (Hons)Law with Criminology

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UCAS code: LWC4
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a law with criminology with foundation and placement years

Expand your career horizons across law, criminology, and criminal justice and gain the essential skills for working in the legal practice and criminal justice systems.

  • Top0
    for student satisfaction in law studies (Complete University Guide 2025)
  • 0th
    out of 114 institutions in the UK for law (Guardian League Table 2024)
  • 0st
    out of 81 UK institutions for criminology (Guardian League Table 2023)
  • If you’re looking to study our law degree, but don’t have the relevant qualifications or experience, the foundation year will help you develop the core skills and knowledge to progress.
  • Gain valuable first-hand work experience with a year-long full-time work placement between the second and third years of your degree.
  • Course content is tailored to suit the requirements of professional bodies and is designed to prepare you for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and the Bar Exam.
  • Preparation for the Solicitors Qualification Examination One (SQE1) is included in your fees.
  • Over 79% of our law graduates are in high-skilled employment or further study 15 months after graduating. This is above the sector average. (HESA 2023)
  • You will have access to the University’s modern moot courtroom and portable crime scene which enables you to practice your investigation and legal skills in a real-world environment.
  • An extensive network of professional connections - we are a founding member of Southampton City Law Network, run workshops/guest lectures from visiting professionals, and offer additional opportunities to explore careers within the legal profession.
  • The course is designed, taught and assessed in partnership with social work practitioners, service users, and carers, ensuring you are up to date with the latest developments in the field.
  • You will be taught by experts with extensive links with local and national employers, such as Hampshire Constabulary, the National Probation Service, the National Crime Agency and various international organisations.
  • Guest speakers include professionals who work within the police, the probation service, cybersecurity and the military.
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Course overview

The business and law foundation year is designed to build your confidence, develop your capabilities and ensure you’re future-ready and ready for the competitive global marketplace.

You'll have the option for a placement year between the second and third years of study, where you have the opportunity to work in industry, gaining valuable employment and experience.

Solent University’s LLB delivered through the Solent Law School, places a strong emphasis on professional practice, covering the foundation subjects essential for aspiring solicitors or barristers.

Combined with the study of criminology, you will also develop knowledge in areas such as social problems, criminology and criminal justice, by exploring the experience of crime victims, examine media representations of social problems, and discuss the effect of modern communications technology on the processes of law. 

Our recent ground-breaking partnership with the College of Legal Practice enables you to undertake modules in your final year that give you credit towards your degree qualification and also in preparing for the Solicitors Qualification Examination One (SQE1), giving you a real head start if you’re considering becoming a solicitor.

Real-world learning and professional networks are at the heart of the course; The Solent Law School is a founding member of Southampton City Law Network and and Solent University have established connections in the criminal justice sector, such as Hampshire Constabulary, the National Probation Service, the National Crime Agency and various international organisations. 

This allows us to offer a dynamic programme of events, workshops and guest lectures from a wide range of visiting professionals from various fields. Additionally, students benefit from work experience opportunities, that give you the chance to experience the legal and criminal justice organisations to develop advanced skills and professional practices and explore diverse career paths. 

You will have access to specialist facilities, too – including the University’s moot courtroom, which enables you to practice your legal skills in a realistic environment, and our portable crime scene as well as the law library, and an extensive range of law and criminology resources giving you both the theory and practice for a huge range of careers in law, criminology and criminal justice. 

Any questions?

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Email: 023 8201 5066

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Email: +44 (0)23 8201 5066

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Course features

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

Who is this course for?

This degree is ideally suited to students looking to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister and also if you’re looking for a career path in criminology or a similar professional capacity.

You will develop analytical and research skills that can be transferred to a broad range of careers, not only in criminology-related fields but also within the wider justice sector.  

What does this course lead to?

You may not be sure yet which area of law, criminology or a mix of the two will suit you, but many industries are suitable. 

Many students focussing on law, go on to train as a solicitor or barrister, while others pursue careers as legal executives, company secretaries or licensed conveyancers, or in areas such as legal and financial compliance, local and central government, the police service, or paralegal work.

You will also be well placed for a huge range of careers in criminology and criminal justice, from probation and policing services to charity and social service work with offenders and young people.

Meet the team

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Law students have access to the moot court room to practice their courtroom and debating skills in a real-world environment, as well as access to our portable crime scene.

Students also have access to a dedicated law collection and an extensive range of criminology resources, journals and online materials in the Solent Library, plus on- and off-campus access to a broad range of subscriber law databases, including major collections from Westlaw, Lexis Library and i-Law – providing access to law reports, legislative material, and academic journals. Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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