Northumbria University Newcastle - Law (Criminal Justice) LLM

Northumbria University Newcastle

Law (Criminal Justice) LLM

Looking to refine your existing law degree with a specialist master's in criminal justice? Advance your career as a solicitor or barrister, or change direction from your current undergraduate degree with a master's in the field of law at Northumbria University.

This master's in law is part of Northumbria University's innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, which will allow you to study for your LLM with a specialism.

The Law (Criminal Justice) LLM branch specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners, policy makers and other professionals who currently work, or hope to work in the field of criminal justice.

We also welcome applications from those of you who wish to engage in more detailed, academic study of criminal justice issues than you have previously. You will be provided with a deeper, contextual understanding of the law and the policy issues which affect professional practice. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in either law, a relevant social science based discipline, or a relevant non-law degree. Relevant professional qualifications or suitable work experience will also be considered.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

You will graduate from this course with independence of thought, boundless curiosity and a talent for collaboration – traits valued by every employer.

If you already have a qualifying UK law degree, this course will help you to enhance your CV with a specialism so that you stand out when competing for training contracts or pupillages.

An LLM (Criminal Justice) will provide students with a thorough structural analysis of the essential aspects of the criminal justice system. Analytical skills and understanding of the complexity of criminal justice will be crucial across a range of different career paths, particularly the fact-finding skills and understanding of the various issues around forensic sciences in the context of criminal justice.

This LLM Criminal Justice course is an excellent specialism for;

  • Existing barristers, solicitors and forensic practitioners
  • The fields of rehabilitation
  • the police service
  • private investigation across the public, private and volunteer sectors
  • PhD study

Course Details

  • You will study alongside a diverse cohort of LLM Law framework students, and have the flexibility to choose modules which inspire you and support your career aspirations.
  • In semester one you will study one general module (Introduction to Legal Research) as well as Youth Justice and Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. In semester two, you will study Theories of Punishment, Transnational Criminal Law and Comparative Law of Evidence. You will also complete a dissertation.
  • All specialist modules will be led by academics with an international reputation for research in Criminal Justice. You will learn through lectures, seminars and group work, all supported by advanced TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning). You will have access to our e-Learning platform Blackboard, where you can re-watch all Panopto-recorded lectures and read workshop presentation slides at your own pace. Your assessment throughout will be coursework-based, with no exams.

Year One

Academic Language Skills for PG Law Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Research for Advanced Legal Studies (Core,20 Credits)
Legal Research Project (LLM Framework) (Core,60 Credits)
Youth Justice (Core,20 Credits)
Criminal Justice and Forensic Science (Core,20 Credits)
Comparative Law of Evidence (Core,20 Credits)
Transnational Criminal Law (Core,20 Credits)
Theories of Punishment (Core,20 Credits)

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