Masters in Law

Criminal Law


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Criminal law, or penal law, is the body of law that regulates and punishes acts considered undesirable to the state. Examples of crimes include theft, assault, and robbery, trafficking in controlled substances, murder or treason. The purpose of penal law is to maintain a state of order in society by confining lawbreakers, and preventing them and others from violating the well-being of citizens.

Criminal law is different from the civil rights law in that the latter focuses on disputes between private parties and seeks to compensate the victim. Disciplines related to criminal law are criminology, accounting forensics, forensic psychology, international criminal law, environmental law, and military law.

Universities offer studies in criminal law as independent programmes, under Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Master of Laws (LLM) professional degrees. Students gain general theoretical knowledge of penal law such as criminal justice, global crime problems and human rights. They gain an in-depth knowledge of aspects related to homicide, mentally disordered offenders, the death penalty, legal responses to terrorism, and many more.

Careers in criminal law include criminalist and criminologist, public interest lawyer, judge and magistrate, forensic psychologist, fraud investigator, detective, probation officer, or crime laboratory analyst. Professional practice in various work places such as law firms, private business, government, and public interest organisations.

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Suggested Masters in Criminal Law

Master Justice and Criminology

Gain highly sought-after skills in the fields of crime science and crime management. The Justice and Criminology program is offered by the RMIT University. 

L.L.M. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice M.A.

Security is a major contemporary preoccupation; criminal law and criminal justice are key responses. This postgraduate degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Birkbeck, University of London offers an exciting, challenging and distinctive opportunity to undertake advanced study in these areas.

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L.L.M. Law (Pathway Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip

The Law (Pathway Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip programme offered by University of Kent is designed for people who already work, or intend to work, within the criminal justice system, whether for the police, probation service, prison service or other organisations, or those with an interest in such matters. It covers criminal law and procedure in the UK, internationally and comparatively.

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L.L.M. Law (Pathway International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip

At Law (Pathway International Criminal Justice) LLM, PDip programme offered by the University of Kent, you will learn about the main legal instruments and institutions that provide for international co-operation and prosecution of international, transnational and national crime and the impact of human rights in the broader context of the effectiveness of law.

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