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Hi, i was looking at courses to study at uni (mostly to do with law) and i was just wondering if there is a difference between the three courses above
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Hi, i was looking at courses to study at uni (mostly to do with law) and i was just wondering if there is a difference between the three courses above
The best way is to examine the course detail and compare the modules you will be studying. I doubt you can do a whole undergraduate degree in criminal law as it tend to be one or two modules.

I expect there is a considerable amount of overlap between them.

Law will focus on law and the legal aspects.

Criminal justice will focus on the criminal justice system.

Criminology also takes in elements that look at penology, reform and sociological aspects.

All three would have the potential for overlap , so best imo to compare the course structures and modules of each.
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Hi, i was looking at courses to study at uni (mostly to do with law) and i was just wondering if there is a difference between the three courses above
You can't take a degree just in criminal law or criminal justice (at least at a university that isn't absolute dog****e). These are modules contained within a course.

You can do a degree in criminology.

Hence, you should start by asking yourself whether you wanna do a full LLB in law (in which any criminally-related modules will form a minority, with the majority of modules being civil-law-related - contract, tort, trusts, land), or a BA in Criminology.
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Hi, i was looking at courses to study at uni (mostly to do with law) and i was just wondering if there is a difference between the three courses above
Well criminal law is simply the area of law concerning crime. Criminology is the study of crime using sociological and psychological approaches (e.g. what causes crime?). Criminal Justice is more of a vocational course designed for those looking for a career within the criminal justice system, such as a police officer.
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