LL.M. Crime and Litigation

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South Bank University | London, United Kingdom
Through critical and comparative studies of justice and the criminal litigation process this course will give you demonstrable understanding of the key principles that ground the UK criminal justice system, its issues, approaches and topical debates.

Description of Crime and Litigation

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Through critical and comparative studies of justice and the criminal litigation process this course will give you demonstrable understanding of the key principles that ground the UK criminal justice system, its issues, approaches and topical debates.

If you are a recent graduate, or already working within the criminal justice field, you'll further your academic and practical knowledge of the litigation process. The programme is also highly relevant to human rights workers and policy agents working in the UK or abroad. Upon completion you'll have acquired an in-depth and systematic understanding of criminal litigation and criminal justice and will be able to work at the cutting edge of practice and research in these areas.

Overview

With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students.

Through critical and comparative studies of justice and the criminal litigation process this course will give you demonstrable understanding of the key principles that ground the UK criminal justice system, its issues, approaches and topical debates.

If you are a recent graduate, or already working within the criminal justice field, you'll further your academic and practical knowledge of the litigation process. The programme is also highly relevant to human rights workers and policy agents working in the UK or abroad. Upon completion you'll have acquired an in-depth and systematic understanding of criminal litigation and criminal justice and will be able to work at the cutting edge of practice and research in these areas.

This course is distinctive for the following reasons:

  • Emphasis on human rights and justice issues;

  • Practical legal problem-solving drawing upon a variety of legal and non-legal knowledge, understanding and skills;

  • Leading practitioner insights into current legal and criminal justice practice issues;

  • Strong national links with the legal profession;

  • The learning environment is greatly enhanced by guest lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 7500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6000 Year (EEA)

Year 1 PT:UK/EU fee: £2000.00 International fee: £2500.00;Year 2 PT Southwark SEPT:UK/EU fee: £4000.00;International fee: £5000.00

Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 14 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Modules

Core Modules

  • Research methods

  • Criminal litigation

  • Criminal justice

  • Dissertation

Module options

After completing core modules you'll choose from options that reflect the practical/ theoretical and social justice context of the course. Choices are made following discussion with your personal tutor and also guided by your own professional interests and career aspirations.

  • International criminal law

  • Evidence/science and technology

  • Psychological aspects of investigation

  • Decision making in the forensic context

  • Advocacy

  • Policing

  • Investigative psychology

  • Terrorism

  • Citizenship and combating crime in the EU

Criminal litigation

If you're interested in criminal litigation you may prefer options such as: Advocacy, Evidence, Forensic Science and Technology or International Criminal Law

Criminal justice

Or if you want to focus on the criminal justice system you may prefer options such as: Policing, Terrorism, Investigative Psychology, Forensic Psychology.

Study modes

Full-time

  • 14 months (taught stage: October-June; dissertation: July-October)

  • Full-time; six modules plus a dissertation to be completed July-October

Part-time

  • Part-time: 26 months (taught stage: October-June years one and two. Dissertation: July-October or July to January in year 2)

  • Three modules a year for two years; plus a dissertation completed July-January, or, July-October. Students can alternatively opt for the accelerated part-time learning mode (Saturday classes).

All modules (core and optional) achieve a balance between practice, theory and the development of professional skills.

English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Crime and Litigation

  • 2:2 Honours degree in Law or related subject (such as Sociology, Criminology and Forensic Science). Or a Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division.

  • The programme also recruits graduates from different academic disciplines and practitioners from professions within the criminal justice field.

  • Criminal Law Practitioners with relevant professional qualifications and experience are not subject to the admissions requirement of having obtained a 2:2 Honours degree.

  • Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the FAHS Policy on APL and APEL.

  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Work Experience for Crime and Litigation

No work experience is required.

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