Can you become a criminal lawyer by doing criminology since the area of criminal law is covered. Or do you have to do LLB?
In order to become a criminal lawyer you will need to do a qualifying law degree. Of course, this can be done by doing a LLB. However, if you have a criminology degree then you can get a qualifying law degree by doing a Post Graduate Diploma in Law or a similar law conversion course which is one year in length and should get you up to speed as if you had done a LLB. The reason that a criminology degree alone will not be enough is that you do not specialise in an area of law until you are fully qualified. So, if you want to be a criminal Solicitor you still need a basic qualifying law degree (LLB or conversion) followed by either a Training Contract or SQEs at which point when you are qualified you can specialise. Or, if you want to become a barrister you need a basic qualifying law degree (LLB or conversion) followed by a bar vocational course and then pupillage (this could be in a criminal set). I hope this has cleared up the process of becoming a lawyer slightly!