LLB (Hons) Criminal Justice

The LLB (Hons) Criminal Justice degree is a stimulating and challenging course that focuses on criminal justice, technology and employability.  
 
This LLB Criminal Justice will combine the foundations of legal knowledge with a criminal law and criminal justice focus. It will appeal to students who have a particular interest in the criminal justice system. The course will provide an insight into the relationship between criminal law, crime and social justice; it will help students to better understand the causes, consequences, and prevention of crime from social, legal and political perspectives.  
 
Employability is at the heart of everything we do. At USW, you will benefit from our award-wining Legal Advice Clinic, which provides opportunities for every law student to gain vital skills that you can take with you into the workplace. In addition to this, we have strong connections with industry and host a range of guest speakers who are experts in their field, to provide context and real-life examples relating to the topics you study. 
 
Outside of the classroom, you can become part of our thriving USW Student Law Society and get involved in a range of sporting, social and networking activities. Students benefit from our expertise in mooting from Year 1 and can also get involved in mooting competitions. 

This course can be studied part-time or full-time. 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M902 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M902 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
N/A Part-time 6 Years September Treforest A

*The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year 1 

You will study: 

  • Academic and Professional Legal Skills  
  • Criminal Law  
  • Law and the State  
  • Legal Systems and Methods  
  • The Law of Contract  
  • The Law of Torts  

Year 2 

You will study: 

  • Crime, Justice and Society 
  • Criminal Evidence 
  • Land Law  
  • Law on Trial  
  • Learning through the Workplace  

Plus one optional module* from a range of specially designed units which develop your foundational studies: 

  • Access to Justice, Advocacy and Ethics  
  • Family Law  
  • Law and Technology in Practice   
  • Public Legal Education  
      

Year 3 

You will study: 

  • Contemporary Legal Research  
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts  
  • Advanced Criminal Law 

Plus three optional modules* from: 

  • Banking and Finance Regulation  
  • Clinical Legal Education  
  • Corporate Criminal Liability  
  • Dissertation  
  • Family Law  
  • Gender and the Law  
  • Medical Law  
  • Miscarriages of Justice  
  • Public Legal Education  
  • The Law Relating to Children  

We encourage personal development through practical options and employability initiatives. The Legal Advice Clinic is an integral part of the Law School. You can work in the Clinic as part of a module and on an extra-curricular basis. As part of the work-based learning module, Learning through the Workplace, you will gain experience in a number of career settings.

Teaching

The course uses a blended approach to teaching. 

Teaching on the LLB (Hons) Criminal Justice degree is informed by actual practice and our modules reflect real-life trends. Teaching methods vary from traditional lectures to clinical legal education and online simulations. 
In the third year, you can complete a dissertation in a legal issue of your choice.  

This course is offered on a part-time basis, providing an attractive alternative for anyone who cannot commit to full time education. If your circumstances change, you will have the opportunity to transfer to the full-time Law degree course at various stages. Study for the part-time degree is over a maximum six-year period. 

Law lecturers engage in a variety of research activities which result in the presentation of papers at conferences, the publication of journal articles and textbooks. All our areas of research feed directly into your studies, so you will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that is taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. 

We have a programme of high-profile guest speakers, whose talks will give you an insight into the practice of law and help you understand the many career paths available when you graduate. You will have the opportunity to join our active Student Law Society, with events ranging from professional networking and visits to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court, to mooting classes and social activities.  

Assessment

Assessment includes self, peer and tutor assessment, written coursework, portfolio, written exercises, in-class work, individual and group presentations and examinations.

Accreditations

The course maintains a focus on the law foundation subjects, as recommended by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, as satisfying the academic stage of training.

Placements

We work with the legal services sector to offer valuable work placements, where you can practise your new legal skills and understand the realities of the workplace. This placement will also contribute towards your legal degree.

Firms involved in the scheme include Hugh James, Eversheds, Capital Law and many more.

Volunteering 

You can volunteer at our Legal Advice Clinic, in addition to studying a Clinical module. Under supervision, you can provide free legal advice to members of the public and small businesses. This will give you an opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice and provide vital work experience. 

Students are provided with many opportunities to volunteer in projects including virtual volunteering opportunities with a Regional Employment Judge, ELIPS (Employment Tribunal Litigant in Person Scheme), Shelter Cymru Volunteer Pathways Programme, Age Cymru Independent Volunteer Advocates and Cardiff Lawyers Care Homelessness Clinic. 

Facilities

The University of South Wales has impressive study facilities for law. The award-winning Legal Advice Clinic sits in the main Law building. We also have a courtroom with digital video facilities, a legal practice library, and dedicated teaching and practice rooms. You can take part in a range of activities, including moots and mock trials in our Moot Courtroom, which is modelled on those you will experience as a qualified practitioner. We run simulations in our Hydra Suite to provide real world experiences in a supportive environment.

Lecturers

Support

Induction 

You will receive a full induction to the LLB in your first week, enabling you to adjust to university life, get to know the teaching team, meet your Personal Academic Tutor and peers, plan your studies, and understand how the University works. 
 
Staff support 

The course leader and year tutor are available in regular weekly office hours.  Each member of the course teaching team will have at least one scheduled office hour per teaching week. These office hours will be drop-in sessions for which students will not need to book.  
 
Peer support 

We have Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) sessions to support Year 1 students. These PASS sessions are run by students in the second and third year.  These sessions enhance the law community and allows students to be partners in the course.    

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Graduates of the LLB programme will typically progress on to graduate careers or postgraduate study.  

There are clearly defined postgraduate study routes for Law; having completed the traditional ‘academic stage of training,’ students who wish to qualify as solicitors typically progress to the LLM Professional Practice which prepares students for the Solicitors Qualification Exams (SQE). 
 
On completion of appropriate modules, you may complete the CILEX Level 6 Diploma in Legal Practice, also referred to as the  CILEX Graduate Fast-track Diploma

Graduates who wish to join the Bar will be able to progress to a Bar Training Course.   
 
Graduates also progress into a variety of careers which range from Legal Technologists, Social Work, Police, Third Sector organisations, Business, Finance and HR to name a few possibilities.  

What kind of student would this suit? 

This course is the perfect first step to becoming a solicitor or barrister. 
 
Our Law courses will be a good choice if you enjoy analysing issues and problem-solving. These transferrable skills will give you an excellent position in the graduate market. 
 
If you are interested in law, not just the theory but from a practical perspective too, the design of the course will suit you.   

Our Careers and Employability Service 

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the  Careers and Employability Service  throughout your studies and after you graduate. 

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs. 

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.