Course Information

LLB (Hons)

3-4 Years Up to 6 Years Lincoln Law School Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) M930

100% of Lincoln Law and Criminology students agree that this course is intellectually stimulating, according to the National Student Survey 2016.


This combination offers students the opportunity to study for a law degree while also having the chance to develop a deeper understanding about the causes and consequences of crime.

The LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology degree is concerned with the rules by which society is organised, how they can be changed and what happens when they are broken. It is designed to appeal to students with excellent problem-solving abilities who enjoy debating and critiquing.

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field that draws on sociology, anthropology, psychology and the law, and the course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to graduate well qualified for a diverse range of careers.

Criminology is a well-established discipline at Lincoln. It combines science, social science and politics with specialist areas such as youth culture, human rights, resistance, penal policy and war crimes.

How You Study

The Law School’s primary mission for teaching and learning is for the teaching staff to support and facilitate independent learning by students.

Lectures aim to provide a guide to a topic, highlighting important areas and providing information on matters that may not be readily available from other sources. Seminars are normally held once a week for each module. Seminars are designed to form a forum for discussion and debate and are usually based on the preparation of an answer to a problem or a discussion topic.

The Law major constitutes two thirds of this joint course, which aims to give students the opportunity to develop their skills and a sound knowledge of the professionally required foundation areas of law. The remaining third of the course is made up of Criminology modules.

In the first year, students have the opportunity to study key social science concepts, social issues and justice, as well as the context of the English legal system – its origins, history and practices.

Second-year topics include the application of criminology and the way that findings translate into policy, criminal law, European Union law and land law

In the final year of the degree, students can study equity and trusts and are expected to produce an extended dissertation in an area of their choice.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

In addition to examinations, students are assessed by coursework which takes the form of assignments, mooting, individual and group presentations and workbooks. Written assignments may be in the form of an in-depth case study, an essay or writing a review. Coursework aims to provide students with an important opportunity to gauge how they are coping with various subject areas and levels of study before having to sit an examination.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

What We Look For In Your Application

Curiosity, energy, interest and enthusiasm for the subject of law and commitment to successful completion of the three year course. The study of law at A Level is not essential.

No specific skills are required but an interest and curiosity about the subject of law is important.

The course is designed to be contemporary and practical in the sense that students are expected to demonstrate a great deal of participation in seminars and problem-based learning. Excellent communication skills will be vital for the successful student.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our Lincoln Law School Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

In addition, applicants will also need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include English.

We encourage applications from mature students and we will give special individual consideration to those who are in this category and do not have the standard entry requirements.

Students whose first language is not English will also need British Council IELTS band 6.0 or above or equivalent.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Constitutional and Administrative Law

This module aims to examine the principles and operation of the British Constitution and system of government. In particular, it is concerned with “the law about government', and the relationship between the institutions of government and between government and the citizen. The module is designed to introduce key legal and political concepts and to foster critical appraisal of legal rules and of the institutions and processes of government, and the legal and political constraints placed upon the exercise of governmental power.

The study of Administrative Law is designed to provide a critical understanding of the extent of judicial control on governmental bodies through an examination of the law of judicial review.

Contract Law

The aim of this module is to introduce students to general principles of contract law. The module aims to develop an understanding of enforceable civil law obligations based on agreements and, in doing so, is designed to complement civil law obligations in respect of tortious wrongs covered by the Tort Law module.

The modules aims to provide a sound grounding in the general principles of contract law which may equip students to deal with those legal subjects which are based on contract and which are subsequently encountered in their legal studies. Although there is general academic agreement on what constitutes the substantive content of the law of contract, in any year of operation due emphasis will be given to issues of current concern.

Students will also have the opportunity to be introduced in this module to the civil process and they can be given an overview of the various stages in bringing an action for breach of contract up to and including the courts and the benefits of settling a contractual dispute through some form of alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration. As with the study of any legal subject, students will be encouraged to engage in intellectual development and to develop transferable skills.

Images of Crime and Criminal Justice

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the main components of the Criminal Justice ‘System’, through an analysis of criminal justice policies and practices.

The module seeks to explore popular images of criminal justice, and contrasts these depictions with an informed examination of a number of the central pillars of this alleged system. Students also have the opportunity to examine the complexities and contradictions which exist within the so-called ‘system’ of criminal justice.

The relationship between images of crime and the resulting criminal justice response forms the basis of the module, and it is hoped that this introduction will encourage students to consider the extent of the so-called ‘problem of crime’ and the limits of current criminal justice ‘solutions’.

Legal Systems and Skills

This module assumes no prior knowledge of law. It aims to introduce students to legal thinking both in terms of philosophy of law and also how judicial decisions are made. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the history of the English Legal System and its modern operation and processes.

Students have the opportunity to be introduced to human rights as a cornerstone of the English legal system and also look at other legal systems by way of comparison. This module also aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary, such as legal research and construction of arguments, to be successful in their degree and subsequent career. The legal profession can be examined as well as consideration of legal ethics.

Level 2

Applying Criminology

The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to develop a rudimentary and student-centred grasp of 'crime', developed through the more general approach to law, crime and order fostered at foundation level and to subject it to more sustained theoretical, political and practical interrogation.

Above all, the module aims to explore the way in which the emergence of Criminology as a discipline is of theoretical, practical and political importance. The module seeks to examine different public images and theoretical conceptions of crime and criminal justice and the variety of ways in which Criminology can be constructed and used.

Criminal Law

This module aims to introduce students to the general principles of English Criminal Law, with particular emphasis on the essential elements of a crime, namely 'actus reus' and 'mens rea', strict, vicarious and corporate liability and the defences. But also to the nature of liability in relation to offences against the person, for example, murder, manslaughter, assault and battery, sexual offences and offences in relation to property, for example, theft, fraud and criminal damage can be analysed. This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between criminal and civil law and introduce them to the criminal justice system.

European Union Law

The aim of the European Union Law module is to develop students' understanding of the Constitution and Institutions of the European Union and, in particular, the constitutional principles, the administrative and procedural law, and substantive policies of the European Union.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between European Union law and national law; and to appraise the principles of supremacy and direct effect, and the principles of interpretation and Member State liability. The role and jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union can be examined concerning enforcement, preliminary rulings and judicial review.

Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of substantive European Union law through the study of the free movement of goods and workers; the freedom to move and reside of citizens of the Union; social policy and equality of treatment and pay in employment; and, in an area of freedom, justice and security, the European arrest warrant and migration and asylum issues.

Land Law

The aim of this module is to develop an in-depth knowledge of the complex subject of land law. Students will have the opportunity to explore the property rights which can exist with respect to land law and the relationships that individuals and organisations have with each other and with the state. Students can consider freehold and leasehold estates, and registration of land.

The nature of legal and equitable rights can be identified with the concept of a trust. Students will have the opportunity to study how property rights can be acquired, how they may need protection, and how they may be alienated. Third party interests in land, such as easements, covenants and mortgages, can also be examined. There will also be an opportunity to consider the obligations existing as between landlord and tenant in leases.

Study Abroad (Option)

Lincoln Law School believes that an option to study overseas is a valuable educational opportunity for our students. The optional year is intended to:

  • enable students to benefit from studying within a cross cultural environment;
  • expose students to a wider academic and cultural experience;
  • enhance future employment opportunities;
  • increase cultural and professional mobility.

This module is optional for students within Lincoln Law School. Study Abroad is a year long module which enables students to spend a year studying abroad at one of the University’s approved partner institutions. Eligible students must have completed their second year of study to a satisfactory standard and successfully completed the application process for the year abroad. During the year spent abroad, students share classes with local students and study on a suite of locally-delivered taught modules which have been approved in advance by the University. Upon their return, as part of the assessment for this modules, students are required to critically reflect upon their experience of living and studying in a different cultural environment and the skills acquired.

Study Abroad (Option)

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

Level 3

Equity and Trusts

The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to build on skills they are expected to have developed in the previous two years through other subjects such as legal reasoning and problem solving. Initially, students can be introduced to the doctrine, maxims and remedies of Equity but the main emphasis will be upon the nature of a trust which has always been the principal concern of Equity.

The classification, nature and creation of various types of express and implied trusts can be considered together with the appointment, powers and duties of trustees. The law relating to charitable trusts may also be examined and the module aims to conclude with an investigation of the implications of a breach of trust.

Human Rights (Social Sciences)

This module is designed to introduce students to human rights at both the conceptual and practical level. It aims to explore the theoretical arguments around the source of human rights and identifies some of the problems and possibilities which emerge from such readings.

Law of Tort

This module aims to introduce students to the general principles of civil liability for tortious wrongs. It is designed to complement the Contract Law module which is taught at Level One. The Law of Tort is predominantly a common law subject although there are certain statute based torts which are covered by the module.

Penology and Penal Policy

This module aims to locate the theory, practice and history of punishment and penal policy in the context of social control in general. As well as aiming to address the philosophy of punishment, in terms of core concepts of justice, desert, deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation and reparation, it seeks to examine the way in which social control is a fundamental aspect of social relations.

War Crimes and Genocide

This module is constructed as an attempt to understand the ‘anatomy’ of war crimes and genocide – their origins, ideological basis, socio-political contexts, the techniques and technologies used and relevant theoretical perspectives.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Legal Heritage

Law has a long and illustrious heritage in Lincoln, from the city’s possession of one of only four original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta to the work of its law courts today.

Law Clinic

There will be opportunities outside of seminars to participate in mooting and negotiation competitions either in the University or nationally through the student Law Society. Later in their study, there is also an opportunity to take part in the Law Clinic, where students have the chance to give pro bono advice on legal problems under supervision.

Teaching Excellence

The University of Lincoln won the annual National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology from the British Society of Criminology in 2013.

Criminology Research

There is an active and broad academic research based teaching informed by the research expertise of academic staff from the School of Social & Political Sciences, who contribute regularly to national policy debates. As well as encouraging students to engage with key theoretical debates within the study of Criminology, modules such as War Crime and Genocide, Penology and Penal Policy and Human Rights, are designed to embed a foundation of knowledge and expertise in these subjects. Students are provided with a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills on this challenging and distinctive course.


The School has extensive links with the local legal profession through a professional mentoring scheme and other initiatives.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs while on placement.

Study Abroad

There is an optional study abroad year between years two and three. Students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Lincoln Law School is based in the award-winning David Chiddick Building alongside Lincoln Business School. The building provides students with teaching and learning spaces, including lecture theatres, workshop rooms, IT laboratories, a purpose built moot court and a café.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

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Career Opportunities

Law graduates have career prospects, both in and out of the legal profession. Some pursue paths to become either barristers or solicitors, while others take up roles as legal executive or advisors. The Lincoln Law School's connection with legal practice provides opportunities for engagement with practising solicitors and other professionals. Some students go on to further study at a postgraduate level.

Law and Criminology graduates can pursue legal practice and legally related careers. Others use their degrees for careers in the police and criminal justice networks or for securing commissions in the services.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

Our BA (Hons) Criminology degree has been designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the complex nature of crime, punishment and justice. Alternative solutions to crime prevention are examined and there is the opportunity to investigate the impact of crime on society.
The BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy degree aims to give students the opportunity to study the nature, causes, control and prevention of criminal behaviour, alongside an examination of how social policy is created and how it influences the way we live.
The LLB (Hons) Law degree can be a popular choice for students looking for an exciting and challenging career. This degree has been designed to encourage students to develop a thorough knowledge of substantive law and to think about law practically. Students have the opportunity to reflect upon policy, and the social, political, ethical, philosophical and cultural contexts in which law operates.
This BA (Hons) Politics degree covers domestic and global politics, political theory and international relations. Students have the opportunity to explore the big political issues of the day in Britain and around the globe, and study the social and theoretical contexts which underpin these developments.
This degree combines a detailed exploration of political ideas, institutions and processes with an in-depth analysis of policies which have been developed and implemented to deal with the world's social problems.
This degree aims to explore how social problems arise, how governments react and the impact this has on society. Students can learn the skills necessary to analyse critically the efficacy and fairness of policies and explore public and media responses.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level
£12,800 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []