Honours BA Criminology and LLB (Sussex) Stream

The Honours BA Criminology and LLB (Sussex) Stream enables students who successfully complete its requirements to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Laurier and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) in six years.

Honours BA Criminology Component
The Honours BA in Criminology is only available at the Brantford Campus. It consists of 20.0 credits of which no more than 7.0 credits may be at the 100 level. The program must include a minimum of 10.0 and a maximum of 11.5 credits in Criminology.

Upon successful completion of their LLB at the University of Sussex, students will be awarded 5.0 transfer credits equivalent to: 1.0 senior CC credit, 1.0 credit at the CC 300 level, and 3.0 senior elective credits. Taking into account the awarding of these 5.0 transfer credits then, students must complete all required Criminology courses (4.5 credits) as listed in the calendar, 3.5 additional CC elective credits (including 1.0 credit at the 400 level), and 7.0 elective credits while studying at Laurier.

Note that in the final year of the program to be completed at Laurier (Year 6), students will take 2.5 of their additional elective credits in the form of courses to be offered by Laurier to prepare to write the National Accreditation exams. See the Sussex Law section for course information.

Prior to departing for studies at the University of Sussex, students must have completed the 10.0 credits that are listed under Year 1 and Year 2 below. Due to the compacted nature of the Sussex Stream, students are strongly encouraged to pursue their degree in the following manner:

Honours BA Criminology (Sussex) LLB Stream
Year Courses Credit Total
 1 CC100 (F), CC102, CC210 (W),
1.0 credit of CC electives,
2.5 elective credits.
 2 CC233 (F), CC290 (F),
one of: CC291/PD291, CC292 or LY205;
CC327 (W), CC390 (W),
1.0 CC elective credit,
1.5 elective credit.
 3-5 Students pursue an LLB at the University of Sussex. Upon successful completion of their LLB, students will be awarded 5.0 transfer credits equivalent to:
1.5 senior CC elective credits,
3.5 senior elective credits.
 6 CC425 or CC426/PD426,
1.0 credit of CC at the 400 level.
1.0 credit of CC at the 300 level
2.5 Laurier Sussex Law credits to prepare students to write the National Accreditation exams leading to legal practice in Canada.

Note: (F)=Fall Semester, (W)=Winter Semester, to assist with prerequisite planning.

Progression Requirements

  1. Progression to Year 2 requires completion of five credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 7.00 in all Criminology courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 8.00 in all 5.0 credits. All credits taken during Year 1 will be included in the GPA requirements for progression into Year 2. These course and GPA requirements must be achieved by August 31.
  2. To be recommended for application to the Sussex LLB program in year three, students must have maintained a minimum overall GPA of 8.0 (B) over all credits completed over their first three full terms (i.e, minimum 7.5 credits). These course and GPA requirements must be achieved by December 31 of the students' second year.
  3. Refer to the University Regulations chapter for progression and course regulations and the earlier section regarding Regulations for All Honours Programs.

Application to Sussex

  1. Students will apply to Sussex via the standard Sussex application procedures. Students will apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for entry. Students will provide Sussex full application documents, including high school and university transcripts, references (Laurier students will submit references on a standardized reference form), and a personal statement, in line with normal admissions procedures. Sussex will consider applications according to its normal procedures. Students will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the progression requirements described above and where students have achieved Sussex's standard English language entrance requirements, where appropriate.
  2. Note: The University of Sussex reserves the right not to provide a guaranteed offer after consideration of any relevant unspent criminal convictions a student may have. Sussex recommends that if students have a conviction, Laurier contact the Admissions Office to discuss this before proceeding further.
  3. Transfer Students into Year 2 (WLU only):
    In exceptional cases, first-year students outside of the Sussex BA/LLB Program may apply to transfer into the Program. Admission into the Program is at the sole discretion of the Sussex Admissions Committee. Normally, a student's application will not be accepted unless the following non-exhaustive conditions are met:
    • As of May 1 of the applicant's first year, the student has completed 5.0 credits, and;
    • The student's overall GPA is at least 8.00, and at least 7.00 for all courses within the student's major, and;
    • The program at WLU or at Sussex has space for more students, and;
    • The committee believes that the student will succeed in the program, according to any evidence it deems relevant.
    Inquiries about a transfer into the Honours BA/LLB program should be made through the Academic Advising Centre. Application for transfer into Year 2 of the Honours BA/LLB program should be made by May 1 by submitting a Program Transfer Request Form.