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  1. Criminal Litigation LLM
    1. 2017
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Criminal Litigation

LLM |
Our specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to criminal litigation. It concentrates on the principles that lie behind the criminal justice system and the need to place those principles in a critical and comparative context.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017
January 2018

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £12,000

Part-time: £6,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £17,000

Part-time: £8,500 per year

Who is it for?

This specialist masters degree appeals to practitioners in the field of criminal justice, particularly: solicitors, barristers, CPS employees and police officers. Lawyers at the start of their career have found this course helps them to build their knowledge and expertise in a specialist area.

Objectives

The Specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is the first postgraduate degree course in the UK to be devoted exclusively to the critical study of criminal litigation. It focuses on the principles upon which the criminal justice system is based by placing them in a comparative context. This masters course has been designed to allow you to examine important areas of criminal litigation in greater depth than is usually possible either at undergraduate level or on a professional training course.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and be fluent in written and spoken English. Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Law.

English requirements

If you are an applicant whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6 in each area

Due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses. Learn more about INTO’s English for University Study programme.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications are now open for September 2017 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.

September 2017

January 2018

We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:

The City Law School Admissions
City, University of London
4 Gray's Inn Place
London
WC1R 5DX

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Email: law@city.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)20 7040 3309

Gray's Inn Place
Study in the heart of legal London.
50+
Modules to choose from across 12 specialisms.
100%
Of graduates responding to the 2014/15 DLHE survey were in employment or further study six months after graduation..

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Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

City Law School scholarships

The City Law School is firmly committed to a generous programme of scholarships awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Our scholarships range in value and include both partial and full fee waiver awards.

Find out more about the scholarships offered by the City Law School.

Future Finance loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval. For further details please visit the City Finance website.

For further information and ideas about how to fund your course, visit Financing your study.

Placements

Each year a small number of internships become available and you will be provided with information about such opportunities and how to apply during the year of your study.

Academic facilities

As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international caselaw, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals. There are two law-specific libraries – one at the Gray’s Inn campus and one at our Northampton square campus -  with individual study spaces and dedicated rooms for group work.

Additionally, we are a short walk away from the British Library and the Law Library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.

All modules are structured as 10 weekly two-hour seminars which comprise both lectures as well as interactive tutorials. All modules are supported by our online learning platform - Moodle.

Assessment

Assessment is by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification.

You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either 5 modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or 4 modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take 4 modules you will take 2 per term in each term and if you take 5 modules will have 3 in one term and 2 in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

  • 10,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits) or
  • 20,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)

Specialism modules

Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

  • Sentencing: Theory and Practice 
  • Advocacy in the criminal trial  
  • International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective 
  • International Criminal Law: Crimes and Institutions 
  • Advocacy: Trial Stories 
  • Criminal Justice: The Process of the Courts
  • Criminal Trials: Evidence and Proof 
  • Professional Ethics for Commercial Legal Practice 
  • Forensic Psychology for the Criminal Practitioner 

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

  • Academic expert
    Lecturer working in the The City Law School.

Career prospects

Our past students have included lawyers on a career break and those seeking judicial appointment wishing to broaden their knowledge and raise their practical awareness. Many students have taken this LLM as an in-depth transition from their LLB or BA courses prior to studying for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC).

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

Postgraduate experience

Students who complete the LLM may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Applications are now open for September 2017 entry and can be made through the links below. Late applicants run the risk that the course may be full after the initial round of offers has been made.

September 2017

January 2018

We encourage online applications, however you are also able to apply by completing the below application and reference forms and sending them to the following address:

The City Law School Admissions
City, University of London
4 Gray's Inn Place
London
WC1R 5DX

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Email: law@city.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)20 7040 3309

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