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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Although we welcome applications from holders of a first degree in law (or equivalent), we also invite applications from people who do not have a law degree but have other relevant professional experience or backgrounds. Non-standard applicants may be admitted at the discretion of the Programme Leader usually following an interview. If you are an overseas applicant whose first language is not English you will be required to produce evidence of competence in English. This will normally be a score of 6.0 on the British Council International Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) test or a Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550/213 (paper/computer based).
  • Academic Title
    LLM Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Course description
    If you want to stand out when applying for legal roles, this programme is for you. Our Master of Laws programme is designed both for people who have already completed a law degree, and non-graduates with relevant experience and specialist interest. In today’s competitive world, it will ensure your career enhancement.

    The LLM Criminal Law and Procedure is particularly relevant if you:

    • work as a solicitor, barrister, legal executive or paralegal;

    • work for the Crown Prosecution Service, Procurator Fiscal’s Office, police, probation service, prison service or HM Revenue and Customs; or

    • wish to develop a thorough knowledge of criminal law and procedure to support your other studies or area of work.

    In Stage 1 of the programme (September to December), you will study core modules on criminal law and procedure.

    In Stage 2 (January to March), you will take the Human Rights module and also choose a module of particular interest to you. Optional modules range from the latest laws on terrorism through to areas such as transnational crime and international criminal law.

    Stage 3 (from April onwards) begins with intensive teaching of research methods. You then apply these to a dissertation on an agreed topic that relates to your current work or interests.

    Course Content

    Stage 1

        * Undertaking Legal Research
        * Criminal Law: Theory and Doctrine
        * Law of Criminal Investigation

    Stage 2

        * Human Rights
        * Legislative Approaches to Terrorism
        * Transnational Crime
        * International Criminal Law

    Stage 3

        * Dissertation

    Teaching and Assessment

    Sunderland has a long tradition of combining a practical approach with a strong theoretical underpinning and the development of transferable skills.

    Teaching methods include lectures and seminar discussions, role-play and practical exercises. You will acquire powers of analysis and research, and the ability to think critically and solve problems.

    You are encouraged to develop as an independent learner, supported by a variety of facilities including the well-equipped library, on-line databases, CD-ROMs, and full Internet access. Assessment techniques vary and will include essays, examinations, report writing and presentations.

    Career Opportunities

    With an LLM Criminal Law and Procedure, you will have an important edge when applying for opportunities or promotion in the CPS, Police, Prison, Probation and other public services. It will also better equip law graduates wishing to apply for training contracts or pupillages in a competitive marketplace.

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