LL.M. Crime and Litigation

South Bank University

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Tuition fee:
  • € 4,929 / Year (EEA)
  • € 4,929 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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, our course will provide you with the opportunity to 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 will 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:

* Strong emphasis on human rights and justice issues;
* Emphasis on 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.

Upon completion of the core modules you can then choose from a broad range of options that reflect the practical/ theoretical and social justice context of the course. The choice of modules will be made following discussion with your personal tutor and also guided by your own professional interests and career aspirations.

If you are interested in criminal litigation you may prefer options such as: Case Management, Advocacy, Evidence, Forensic Science and Technology, International Criminal Law, or Sentencing.

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

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


Course modules


* Research methods
* Criminal justice
* Criminal litigation
* Dissertation

Selection of optional modules:

* International criminal law
* Terrorism
* Policing
* Advocacy
* Case management
* Sentencing and proceeds of crime
* Evidence/science and technology

Career and progression opportunities Upon completion of the course you will have developed advanced legal practice skills and an informed and reflective understanding of the criminal justice system. As well as legal practice, graduates of this LLM may seek employment in a variety of related fields such as research and policy making; the police, prison and probation services.

Professional and industry links Through our growing pool of visiting fellows and professors, the Law Department has developed a strong network of contacts with leading criminal law practitioners. Moreover, the Law Department enjoys strong links with the South London Law Society, and cooperates with them to provide a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for local practitioners and members of the South London Law Society. Many members of the Law Department are practitioners, or retain strong links with the legal profession.

Recent guest lecturers:

* Vera Baird, QC, MP;
* Roger Smith, Director of Justice;
* Joel Bennathan, QC, Barrister;
* Imran Khan, Solicitor.


Law or related subject (such as Sociology, Criminology and Forensic Science) graduates and criminal law practitioners. 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 2:1 Honours.
Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the FAHS Policy on APL and APEL.

English language qualifications that are acceptable are:

* IELTS: 6.5
* TOEFL: Print: 580, Computerised: 237, Internet based: 90


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