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Law with Psychology LLB (Hons)

What makes criminals tick? Why do innocent people often act like they’re guilty? If you’ve got a burning desire to find out, this could be the degree for you - especially if you’re interested in working with offenders and the criminal justice system. By studying psychology alongside law, you’ll graduate with more than the qualifying law degree you need to professionally train as a solicitor or barrister. You’ll gain invaluable insight into clients’ motivations and areas like negotiation, conferencing, interviewing and witness handling - all essential for a successful career in the law, and many other professions.

The aim of the course is to offer the opportunity for intellectual development, to acquire fundamental legal knowledge for progression into the legal profession, the wider employment market or further study and to provide flexibility in developing specialised interests. The degree places a strong emphasis on the development of core legal and other transferable skills, such as oral, written, e-communication and critical reasoning skills, advocacy, personal development planning and group work. This is reflected by a Skills Spine which is embedded in each year of your degree. You will study psychology in both a social and developmental context, enhancing your legal knowledge. The programme offers excellent career prospects for those who wish to qualify as lawyers and also for those who may wish to pursue careers in another professional environment.

As a Law School, we adopt a wide range of learning and teaching methods, designed to support you to develop as an independent learner. These include interactive online sessions, e-learn activities, workshops, reflective clinical legal education, group work, research exercises, presentations, mooting and debating as well as the more traditional seminars and lectures. You will have more structured class contact in Year 1 of your law programme to support your transition to Higher Education.

Law students


You will be taught by leading academics and by staff who are professionally qualified as solicitors and barristers hence giving you a sound understanding of substantive law and its practical application.

Our Professors usually teach on the course so students get to hear first-hand about ground-breaking research topics such as war crimes trials, women in prison and criminal law.


The approach to teaching and learning is 'student-centred': this means responsibility for achieving learning outcomes is placed on your initiative in self-managing your own programme of study. Staff facilitate this process by providing you with appropriate learning materials and support, such as module handbooks, lecture outlines, reading lists and online student support, you will be encouraged to adopt an independent approach to learning through effective use of private study time in researching information and responding to tasks and questions.

You will be supported both academically and pastorally through this process by academic staff responsible for the modules studied and also by a personal tutor, who is an academic member of staff with special responsibility for looking after you throughout your education at UCLan.

Our lecturers are from both academic and professional backgrounds ensuring our commitment to research informed teaching is maximised.

You will also have a vibrant international flavour to lectures due discussion from a variety of student personalities – you will be in class with students from across Europe, Nigeria, Saudi, Mauritius, Cameroon and Pakistan.

You will also be supported in finding legal placements and have numerous opportunities to visit relevant legal establishments, both locally and beyond. In Year 2 you are able to visit many of the European Institutions during a week-long study tour in Brussels.
 


Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to Local Government and Solicitors firms.
 


You can join the Student Law Society, which is run by students for students, and has arranged events such as trips to London to visit the Supreme Court, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey, a Law Ball and numerous guest speakers.

Each year we organise a dedicated law careers fair which is supported by a range of employers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to County Councils and Solicitors firms.

Law students


Law students


Law students outside Harris Building


Lancashire Law School is at the cutting edge of research in a number of specialist legal areas including investigations into crime and criminal justice. Over 50% of research is classed as internationally significant or world leading. Our externally funded projects have included looking at an Alcohol Policy for Europe, Hate Crime in Europe and International War Crimes. There are opportunities for students to contribute to research projects through intern schemes.

Our aim is to provide you with a superlative student experience and this is what our students say which makes us stand out from the crowd:

  • The range of optional modules available
  • The friendliness and accessibility of tutors - you know your tutors and your tutors know you!
  • The feedback you obtain from your tutors, which ensures you reach your potential
  • The IT support in place for each module via Blackboard
  • The embedded skills spine which helps you to build your employability skills, your legal and transferable skills and so to become more confident.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Five to Six years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    LLB (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    M1L2

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 - 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction - Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

We will consider applications based on other relevant qualifications or life/work experiences - which show an aptitude for, and an ability to cope with, degree-level study.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory
 

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Enquiry
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
     

Options: choose TWO

  • * Contract Law
  • * Legal Method
     

* Modules required for Professional Qualifying route

Year 2

Compulsory
 

  • Psychological Research 2: Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
     

Options

  • *Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • *Elements of Criminal Law
  • * Land Law
  • Consumer and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Justice Practice & Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Employment Law
  • EU Single Market Law
  • Family Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law
  • Public International Law
  • Research Methods

Year 3

Compulsory
 

  • Individual Differences

and

Either

  • Violent and Sexual Offending

Or

  • Crime: Impact and Consequences
     

Options: choose Three

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Company and Corporate Law
  • Dissertation
  • Equity and Trusts in Life and Death
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Policing
  • Private International Law
  • Sex and Violence
  • Transnational Commercial Law
  • Professionalism and Work Based Learning
  • The Law of Torts

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The School’s teaching environment is designed to stimulate learning. For large group teaching, we make use of the many modern lecture theatres across campus all of which have state of the art audio visual support and presentation facilities. All small group teaching rooms, contain state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment to enhance and support the learning experience.

As you would expect from a Law School committed to enhancing the employability of its graduates, there are a number of dedicated skills development rooms with recording and play back facilities within the School itself. There is also an impressive moot court room which looks just like a real court and provides students with an invaluable real-life educational experience. The moot court room is also used extensively for extra-curricular activities such as mooting competitions, advocacy training and visiting speakers. The Library contains a dedicated Law Library with a plethora of textbooks, law reports and journals as well as providing a quiet space for students to study both individually and as part of a group. The Law School’s extensive e-law library facility gives access to many legal and academic sources from the UK and beyond and is available to students not just when they are on-campus but whenever they are sitting in front of a PC.

There is a dedicated Blackboard page for each module which provides extensive online support, from module handbooks and lecture outlines to self-test quizzes and interactive revision materials.

Assessment is undertaken in a variety of ways, from the traditional unseen exam, to seen examinations; end of module and in-course formative coursework assessments; e-quizzes; e-case studies; group and individual presentations; portfolios; pod casts; personal development reflective diaries; moots and debates and oral performance in seminars.

cJam

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate law students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular law firm or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.
     

Moot Court Room

Industry Links

Lancashire Law School has strong links with the legal profession and with a range of other professional employers and our students enjoy regular visits and talks from leading practitioners, academics, barristers, solicitors and judges. This ensures that the skills which our undergraduates develop are directly relevant to those required by employers.

 

Professional Accreditation

The courses are validated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board meaning that they are qualifying law degrees. Our LLB provides the first stage of training should you wish to go on to a career as either a solicitor or a barrister.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Law, see the video and read the press release.

Opportunities

You can take up a wealth of opportunities for real life work experience and personal skills development, for example, taking part in mooting competitions, undertaking work placements, mini-pupillages and attending Summer Schools.

There is no formal sandwich placement, although there is an optional module in Year 3 where you can spend a period in law related work placements.

You will also have an opportunity to study or work abroad, through the Erasmus scheme or via international exchanges and placements. In addition you can gain the benefit of visits, for example, to the European Commission in Brussels, the European Parliament and the European Commission in Luxembourg.

After successfully completing our combined LLB (Hons), you can go on to the professional element of legal training either as a solicitor (the Legal Practice Course) or as a barrister (the Bar Professional Training Course). There are a number of specialities that psychologists can pursue within the larger area of psychology and law, including research, clinical practice, public policy, and teaching/training.

Our students are valued highly by employers due to their aptitude and skills profile. They have an impressive track record of gaining graduate level jobs or professional training contracts. There are a number of specialties that psychologists may pursue within the larger area of psychology and law, including research, clinical practice, public policy, and teaching/training. Lancashire Law School graduate are much sought after in the workplace which is why we are consistently ranked in the UK’s top 20% of law schools for graduate level employment (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey).

Some of our eminent alumni include judges, Queen’s Counsel, barristers and solicitors across the UK, Europe and around the world, CEOs, psychology leaders and industrialists, entrepreneurs and psychology owners, senior public servants such as civil servants, politicians, senior police and local government officers, senior academics and researchers at all levels, authors of many academic works, leading voluntary sector workers, board representatives and trustees.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the Lancashire Law School
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
or email us at: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk | Book a visit

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.