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law with criminology

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Please if someone could help me to understand the difference in them and which is better/worse or a list or pros/cons to each please? Trying to do my application and can't decide on courses and don't know if I am best to just do criminology alone or with law? I am unsure of the difference.
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law with criminology

criminology

Please if someone could help me to understand the difference in them and which is better/worse or a list or pros/cons to each please? Trying to do my application and can't decide on courses and don't know if I am best to just do criminology alone or with law? I am unsure of the difference.
Look at the course syllabus.

Law with criminology is likely to be a joint honours with at least 50% law and criminology modules.

You will study some non criminology (contract, negligence,property etc) subjects and will have the option to make it a qualifying law degree t give you the option of the faster route for a career in becoming a solicitor along with other law graduates.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...course-profile

Criminology will be mostly criminology with a few law modules relating to the criminal justice system and none of those relating to non criminal law. There will be more specialist focus on the wider sociological issues.

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...ourse-details/

Law with criminology = more law based and less specialist, but has the option of being a qualifying law degree which can help with further legal study.

Criminology is the specialist criminology degree and you only study law which relates to the criminal justice system.

Neither is better than the other, they just have different use for jobs. Decide whether you want to do half a law degree or whether you just want to focus on criminology.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...ee/criminology
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Look at the course syllabus.

Law with criminology is likely to be a joint honours with at least 50% law and criminology modules.

You will study some non criminology (contract, negligence,property etc) subjects and will have the option to make it a qualifying law degree t give you the option of the faster route for a career in becoming a solicitor along with other law graduates.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...course-profile

Criminology will be mostly criminology with a few law modules relating to the criminal justice system and none of those relating to non criminal law. There will be more specialist focus on the wider sociological issues.

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/un...ourse-details/

Law with criminology = more law based and less specialist, but has the option of being a qualifying law degree which can help with further legal study.

Criminology is the specialist criminology degree and you only study law which relates to the criminal justice system.

Neither is better than the other, they just have different use for jobs. Decide whether you want to do half a law degree or whether you just want to focus on criminology.

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...ee/criminology
Thank you! So basically I don't want to go into a law career, but would like to study this subject as it's of my best interest. Would you suggest law with criminology then?
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Thank you! So basically I don't want to go into a law career, but would like to study this subject as it's of my best interest. Would you suggest law with criminology then?
When I tell people I am a law grad, they start talking about criminal law and defending clients you know are guilty. I know little to nothing about it and have taken 1 criminal law module. The rest has been private law.

You should know that law is a diverse degree and not very criminological.
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law with criminology

criminology

Please if someone could help me to understand the difference in them and which is better/worse or a list or pros/cons to each please? Trying to do my application and can't decide on courses and don't know if I am best to just do criminology alone or with law? I am unsure of the difference.
Criminology centres around criminal justice. Most criminology courses also contain lots of sociological material on how crime is legislated, and committed by different groups within society. It's more of a social science-y sort of course than straight law, which contains bare legal analysis, and quite a bit of high-brow political and philosophical stuff (depending on the uni and the modules you take).

I'd do law with criminology, not least because the law content will be helpful in preparing for the SQE (the new qualifying exam for solicitors) that's set to debut in a few years. It's a good thing to have as a backup, even if you don't immediately plan on becoming a solicitor or something. You'll get most of the benefits of studying criminology coupled with the hard knowledge of other aspects of private/public law that are bound to come up in the exam. You never know, a joint honours degree may even open your eyes to the legal career path after all
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