UDLLBCRI - LLB (Criminal Law)
|Highest award||Bachelor of Laws||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Laws, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education|
|Total credits for course||360|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||Guildhall School of Business and Law|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The LLB (Hons) Criminal Law is a fully recognised Qualifying Law Degree, which gives students the early opportunity to specialise in aspects of Criminal Law.
It is especially suitable for students who are interested in – and/or wish to practise in – this field professionally, whether as criminal lawyers, police officers or within the Crown Prosecution Service, but it does not restrict graduates to this sector, as their degree will be equally valid for any field of legal professional practice.
Students will study and research some fascinating and niche areas of the criminal justice system – well beyond what is studied in the traditional LLB Criminal Law module.
The course, which is delivered by highly qualified academics and practitioners, has been devised with reference to the Subject Benchmark Statement for Law developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The subject specific knowledge and skills, cognitive abilities and non-subject specific skills outlined in the benchmark statement are referenced in the relevant sections of this course document.
The course provides a rigorous programme, including the foundation core modules needed for students who wish to proceed to the professional stage of legal training, and optional modules covering a wide range of legal issues and interests.
The Teaching and Learning strategy of the LLB (Criminal Law) degree is designed to ensure that the following key outcomes are achieved:
• To comply with – or improve on – the benchmarks set out by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, and by the Quality Assurance Agency;
• To encourage the acquisition and understanding of knowledge by students, engendering an enthusiasm for the subject and life-skills learning, including the progression from surface learning to deep learning;
• To facilitate students in developing independent skills and responsibilities for their own learning;
• Incrementally to strengthen the subject specific knowledge and practical legal skills gained by students, to ensure that they are equipped to thrive successfully in the professional workplace.
TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
This degree draws on the reputation of the Guildhall School of Business and Law for pedagogical innovation, as well as utilising traditional teaching methods. The latter includes a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops. Within this, a combination of whole group, small group, student-led and tutor-led teaching occurs. This can include face-to-face teaching and discussion, but there is also an increasing emphasis on the use of blended learning opportunities.
Apart from being excellent pedagogic practice, our emphasis on blended learning – and on a complementary wide range of assessment techniques – is particularly appropriate to enable our diverse student population to achieve their goals and aspirations without prejudice to their cultural, social or educational backgrounds, or to their need to engage in paid employment during their studies.
• Introduce students to legal rules and concepts.
• Enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the matters introduced in the lectures.
• Enable students to lead and contribute to discussion and debate on contemporary issues within the relevant legal field.
• Develop skills of critical analysis, problem solving and synthesis of legal materials.
• Develop skills in research and analysis of primary and secondary sources, using both the traditional library, the e-library and the professional legal databases.
• Although the course is not by distance-learning, and physical attendance at the university is a requirement for the lectures and seminars, we facilitate the students as much as possible to study at their own pace in their own time away from the campus.
• Students are encouraged to experience work-related practice both through the formal curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.
• Transferable skills pervade every module, including those identified in the QAA Subject Benchmark for Law. These include both practical and intellectual skills, as specified in the Course Learning Outcomes.
The course aims:
• To deliver an academically rigorous legal education.
• To provide a wide range of optional modules in addition to the legal foundation subjects to allow students to pursue and develop their own interests.
• To develop a detailed understanding of legal rules, their contexts and application, as well as developing transferable skills in communication, independent research, teamwork and public speaking.
• To enable students to acquire the legal and transferable skills set out in the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Law and the statements issued by the Joint Academic Stage Board of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
• To give students the necessary qualifications to proceed to the current vocational law courses (the Legal Practice Course and the various Bar training courses) to train as professional lawyers.
• To prepare students to take the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, Part One, which will eventually replace the Legal Practice Course as the first stage of vocational training for solicitors.
• To enhance the employability of students, including those who do not intend to practise as a barrister or solicitor, but who wish to enter other employment where legal knowledge is useful.
• To acquaint students with a range of employment avenues, both in the legal profession and in those professions into which legal qualifications and skills are transferable.
• To develop the students’ skills of independent legal research, analysis and presentation.
• To develop students’ facility of critical thinking through taught provision and independent research.
• To develop and instil ways of thinking that are intrinsic to the study of law. These include an appreciation of the complexity of legal concepts, ethics, rules and an awareness of the importance of principles of justice and the rule of law.
• To assist students in evaluating their learning and embedding personal development in their professional practice in research/project activities.
Course learning outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
(mapped against the QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for Law, November 2019)
Learning Outcome 1: Our graduates will have the confidence needed to take leadership decisions in challenging situations. (QAA i, ii, vi, vii, viii and xi)
Learning Outcome 2: Our graduates will possess the necessary communication skills that will help them adopt a global and multicultural perspective in their professional context. (QAA xi and xii)
Learning Outcome 3: Our graduates will be cognisant of the effects of the social and environmental effects of their decision, and will remain active citizens of the places they live and work. (QAA iii, iv, viii and xii)
Learning Outcome 4: Our graduates will demonstrate application of creative thinking skills to practical problems, and possess the analytical and organizational skills to translate creative ideas to operational solutions. (QAA i, v, vi, vii, viii, ix, x and xi)
Learning Outcome 5: Our graduates will have sufficient knowledge in the core discipline areas included in their courses of study. (QAA iii, iv and v)
QAA: Subject Benchmark Statement for Law: November 2019
A law student's skills and qualities of mind
2.4: A graduate of law with honours has demonstrated:
i intellectual independence, including the ability to ask and answer cogent questions about law and legal systems, identify gaps in their own knowledge and acquire new knowledge, and engage in critical analysis and evaluation
ii self-management, including an ability to reflect on their own learning, make effective use of feedback, a willingness to acknowledge and correct errors and an ability to work collaboratively
iii awareness of principles and values of law and justice, and of ethics
iv knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts, values, principles and rules of public and private laws within an institutional, social, national and global context
v study in depth and context of substantive areas of law
vi ability to conduct self-directed research, including accurate identification of issue(s) which require researching, retrieval and evaluation of accurate, current and relevant information from a range of appropriate sources, including primary legal sources
vii ability to work with a range of data, including textual, numerical and statistical
viii ability to recognise ambiguity and deal with uncertainty in law
ix ability to produce a synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues, presentation of a reasoned choice between alternative solutions and critical judgement of the merits of particular arguments
x ability to apply knowledge and understanding to offer evidenced conclusions, addressing complex actual or hypothetical problems
xi ability to communicate both orally and in writing, in relation to legal matters, including an ability to listen and respond to written and oral stimuli, including questions and instructions
xii engagement with their own personal and professional development, and academic integrity.
Principle QAA benchmark statements
Subject Benchmark Statement (Law) November 2019
The range of assessment methods to be employed on this course reflects the range of skills required by the discipline of law and the standards expected. They will include examinations (unseen, part-seen and wholly seen), essays and problem question coursework, oral presentations, advocacy, independent research papers, on-line tests, multiple-choice tests, projects, research exercises and oral assessments. An assessment strategy has been designed to ensure a reasonable spread of contributory summative assessment.
In line with our policy on facilitating formative feedback and feedforward to students, the assessment strategy is designed to provide formative feedback on a piece of contributing summary assessment before another summative component is due to be submitted. At Level 4, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their learning process and engagement through the completion of a formative assessment in week 7. Module assessment is thus varied and generally does not comprise 100% written examinations/in-class tests, unless this is required by professional bodies.
Students are encouraged to work in teams, as this enables students to learn from each other and to develop important teamwork skills.
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
Students are able to experience the legal environment through the compulsory work-related learning elements at Level 4 and Level 6 of their course programme, as well as throughout the course by way of extra curricula activities.
At Level 4, there will be work-related learning assessments as part of the Legal Method module, including the writing of CV’s suitable for the legal sector; and practice in the making of applications for jobs, work experience, internships and mini-pupillages.
At Level 6, students will undertake accredited work-related learning as part of the core Civil Law and Practice module, in conjunction with the pro bono clinic, which will also be available throughout their course at all levels as an extra-curricular activity.
Where possible, through the dedicated placements and careers teams, students will be supported in finding suitable opportunities which can be either be a placement, part-time role or ’live’ project for an external organisation untaken within the university.
The suitability of the opportunities will be assessed by the responsible staff on an individual basis. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for opportunities and engage with the relevant university personnel who will assist them in gaining a suitable role.
Course specific regulations
The course shall conform to both framework and University Academic Regulations.
Modules required for interim awards
Certificate in Higher Education
All Level 4 cores
Diploma in Higher Education
All Level 4 cores + all Level 5 cores + 2 level 5 options.
Degree without Honours
All Level 4 cores + all Level 5 cores + 30 credits at Level 5 + at least 60 credits from Level 6 modules
Degree with Honours
All Level 4 cores + all Level 5 cores + a further 30 credits at Level 5 + all Level 6 cores + further modules providing a total of 120 credits at Level 6
In order to gain the current Qualifying Law Degree (for eligibility to take the LPC), students must take and pass the following core modules within three attempts and within 6 years (FT).
• Administrative Law
• Constitutional Law
• Law of Contract I and Law of Contract II
• Criminal Law I and Criminal Law II
• Law of Equity and Trusts I and Law of Equity and Trusts II
• Law of the European Union I and Law of the European Union II
• Land Law I and Land Law II
• Law of Tort I and Law of Tort II
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
Reflective learning and personal development planning are introduced and developed through the Legal System and Legal Method modules at Level 4 and is further developed and articulated through the core modules at all levels.
Further opportunity for reflective learning is presented in specific modules including Civil Law and Practice (which will operate in tandem with the Pro Bono clinic), and in the Dissertation and Law Research Essay modules.
Independent and self-managed learning is introduced at Level 4 and encouraged and developed at all levels of the course.
Students are encouraged to engage in their own learning around the subject including engagement in extra-curricular activities, such as mooting, pro bono work and the Mansfield Student Law Society.
Other external links providing expertise and experience
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Many LLB (Hons) Criminal Law graduates go on to train as a solicitor or a barrister, and a number of students continue to postgraduate study (typically an LLM). In addition to the general intellectual training that they provide, law degrees give a preparation for a range of careers. Law graduates are employable not only in the law, but also in a variety of highly skilled and analytical roles in, for example, business, finance, education, public policy, public service and social services in the UK and internationally.
Throughout the degree, students will have the opportunity to gain relevant experience while studying though legal work placements, mooting and pro bono opportunities. Students studying this course are also eligible to join the Law Mentoring Programme, where students are paired with postgraduate London Met mentors in order to obtain support in relation to personal and professional development, selecting career paths, acquiring work experience and commercial awareness, and writing CVs and covering letters.
As part of the programme, participants are able to attend interactive careers workshops, postgraduate ‘taster’ sessions, and networking events, attended by students, London Met staff, and legal professionals, as well as our annual ‘Get Into Law’ day, where students are given the opportunity to hear from, and to question, a panel of legal professionals about their careers and how to get ahead in the legal profession.
Employability skills are also developed through extracurricular activities including presentations and events organised by the Mansfield Student Law Society and the careers service, together with work experience and networking with other students.
Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice. Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to prepare students for a professional career. Our online vacancy system, Prospects Net illustrates opportunities for part-time, full-time, vacation and voluntary work.
Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions
The degree is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree by both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board.
You could go on to train as a solicitor or barrister, after graduating with this LLB course. As well as qualifying you for this next stage of training, this course prepares you for other graduate careers, including roles in business, media, voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice. Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to prepare you for a professional career. Our online vacancy system, Prospects Net illustrates opportunities for part-time, full-time, vacation and voluntary work.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
- English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2017/18||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||20 Jun 2018||Last validation date||20 Jun 2018|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered
|LL4052||Land Law I||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||AM|
|LL4053||English Legal System||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|
|LL4054||Law of Tort I||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||AM|
|LL4057||Criminal Law I||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||AM|
Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered
|LL4052||Land Law I||Core||15|
|LL4053||English Legal System||Core||15|
|LL4054||Law of Tort I||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||AM|
|LL4057||Criminal Law I||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||AM|
Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered
|LL5054||Law of Tort II||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||AM|
|LL5055||Criminal Law II||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||PM|
|LL5056||Contract Law II||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||MON||AM|
|LL5059||Land Law II||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||PM|
|LL5060||Law of Equity and Trusts I||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||TUE||PM|
|LL5061||Law of the European Union I||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||PM|
|LL5052||Law of Evidence||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||FRI||AM|
|LL5053||Law of Advocacy and Mooting||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||FRI||AM|
|LL5058||Consumer Rights Law||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||TUE||AM|
|LL5P50||Legal Research Methods||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||PM|
|XK0000||Extension of Knowledge Module||Option||15||NORTH||SPR|
Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered
|LL6060||Law of Equity and Trusts II||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||PM|
|LL6061||Law of the European Union II||Core||15||NORTH||SPR||TUE||PM|
|LL6W52||Civil Law and Practice||Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||PM|
|LL6057||Law of Evidence||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||FRI||AM|
|LL6P57||Criminal Law Dissertation||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||MON||AM|
|LL6P60||Criminal Law Extended Essay||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||MON||AM|
|LL6053||Landlord and Tenant Law||Option||15|
|LL6058||Music and Entertainment Law||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||AM|
|LL6064||Public International Law||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||AM|
|LL6066||International Trade Law||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||PM|
|LL6067||Law of Immigration||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||WED||AM|
|LL6068||Civil Liberties and Human Rights||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|