Criminal Law and Procedure LLM

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Develop thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure. Undertake specialist postgraduate legal training. Graduate and embark on higher-level roles within the legal profession.

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Overview

The Law Department at Sunderland is well-respected, and our Master of Laws will add to your credentials in an area in which you already practise or are proposing to work.

On this course, you’ll undertake two core modules: ‘Criminal Law and Justice’ and ‘International Perspectives in Law’. You will also choose a further two options that match your particular career ambitions and intellectual interests.

Why us?

  • Students develop skills and experience throughout the year working on live client cases in Sunderland Student Law Clinic, with this being the only LPC where course skills are assessed in a live client context
  • ‘Internationally excellent' research in Law, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Allows students to tailor their study based on the area of law they wish to qualify in and provides a number of training opportunities each year to enable students to qualify as a solicitor

Course structure

You will be taught by passionate academics who produce internationally-excellent research.

A typical week for you will include a wide variety of teaching and learning methods, including weekly three-hour workshops. These are interactive and require a high level of preparation. The research project and dissertation are supervised by your tutor.

Your progress will be assessed by written coursework, usually a 5,000 word essay for each taught module.

Modules on this course include:

  • Advanced Legal Skills (30 credits)
  • International Perspectives in Law (30 credits)
  • Criminal Law and Justice (30 credits)
  • Legal Research Project (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • Sunderland Student Law Clinic provides quality, free legal advice and assistance to local members of the public and start-up businesses. All work is carried out by students who are supervised by nine qualified solicitors with over 140 years experience between them. Students can choose to study in Sunderland Student Law Clinic in their final year of their undergraduate studies and all students studying to become a solicitor on our LLM Legal Practice LPC spend at least half a day each week in clinic, meaning that some of our students leave us with two years' live client work experience. Students can work voluntarily for work experience in Sunderland Student Law Clinic each summer, regardless of their stage of study.

    Law Clinic
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Facilities

You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is


  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

in law or a related discipline. We also welcome applications from those with an appropriate level of relevant professional experience.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £6,000 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £12,500 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night

Employment

This LLM course equips you with advanced skills and knowledge in a specialised area of law.

Salaries of law graduates are among the highest of all graduates, and this course will give you an important edge when applying for roles in the Crown Prosecution Service, police, and prison or probation services.

You’ll also be better equipped for applying for training contracts or pupillages if this is appropriate to your career stage.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality.

You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

Tel: 0191 515 3751

Email: enterprise@sunderland.ac.uk 

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