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As part of Northumbria University's innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, the Criminal Justice branch specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners, policy makers and other professionals working in the field of criminal justice. It is also suitable for those who wish to engage in more detailed, academic study of criminal justice issues than they have previously. You will be provided with a deeper, contextual understanding of the law and policy issues affecting professional practice. 

You will be taught by academics with world leading expertise and they will provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary issues in the field of criminal justice. You will be provided with an introduction to criminal justice and forensics. You will explore themes around the theory and practice of punishment especially youth justice, transnational criminal law, and comparative approaches to the law of evidence.

By engaging in the LLM Law (Criminal Justice) specialist area of contemporary and innovative legal study, within an established postgraduate legal qualification, you are provided with a remarkable opportunity to gain career enhancing knowledge and skills.

Available to those from any undergraduate background, you will be part of a diverse and intellectually stimulating cohort. You will learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

 *SUBJECT TO VALIDATION*

As part of Northumbria University's innovative and flexible LLM Law framework, the Criminal Justice branch specialism has been designed to meet the needs of legal practitioners, policy makers and other professionals working in the field of criminal justice. It is also suitable for those who wish to engage in more detailed, academic study of criminal justice issues than they have previously. You will be provided with a deeper, contextual understanding of the law and policy issues affecting professional practice. 

You will be taught by academics with world leading expertise and they will provide you with a critical understanding of contemporary issues in the field of criminal justice. You will be provided with an introduction to criminal justice and forensics. You will explore themes around the theory and practice of punishment especially youth justice, transnational criminal law, and comparative approaches to the law of evidence.

By engaging in the LLM Law (Criminal Justice) specialist area of contemporary and innovative legal study, within an established postgraduate legal qualification, you are provided with a remarkable opportunity to gain career enhancing knowledge and skills.

Available to those from any undergraduate background, you will be part of a diverse and intellectually stimulating cohort. You will learn from each other’s experiences in a relaxed and collaborative environment.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year Full Time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

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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 the first semester you will study one general module (Introduction to Legal Research) and two specialist modules (Criminal Justice, and Theories of Punishment). In the second semester you will study three specialist modules: Law of Evidence, Youth Justice and Transnational Criminal Law.

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.

Please note that to graduate with your specialist bracketed award you must undertake at least six taught modules within that specialism, and base your final research project (dissertation) on a topic in that area. Alternatively, you can do research during the third semester on policy issues informing and shaping future policy and law reform. This will be in collaboration with the Policy Clinic which is the latest addition to our multi-award-winning and world leading law clinic.

It will be possible to switch specialism after the first semester if your contextual module was relevant to your new choice. If you don’t meet these conditions, you will graduate with an LLM Law.

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The teaching staff at Northumbria Law School have a remarkable international reputation. They are carrying out cutting-edge research in established and emerging areas of law, and many are respected practitioners as well as theorists.

Lecturers on this course have expertise and experience in the areas of international treaties, human rights law and policy; knowledge that you can draw on for your LLM project.

Northumbria Law School is home to the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies and the award winning Student Law Office. You will be able to write your dissertation under the supervision of a large number of specialists and leading experts on issues around Criminal Justice.

You will also profit from the research environment at Northumbria University, with regular talks given by internal and external speakers, organised by the Centre for Evidence or one of the various Research Interest Groups (e.g. RIG Science and Justice). You will also be able to work on and contribute towards policies by working at the Policy Clinic at the Student Law Office.

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Northumbria Law School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. You will be based in our award-winning City Campus East building, which houses our mock courtroom and Student Law Office as well as an array of lecture theatres, classrooms and a dedicated postgraduate study area.

It is also home to our specialist Law Practice Library,which contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals, databases, and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK, and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

 

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You will be immersed in research-rich learning from the outset of your studies. The lecturers who lead each specialism are at the forefront of research in that area, and will take every opportunity to engage you in their ongoing work.

You will also develop your own skills as a researcher,learning to critically reflect on your own and others’ work, challenge your own thinking, and justify your own work in the context of wider theories and practice.

As the programme is fundamentally underpinned by the research of staff in the Law School, you will be immersed in research-rich learning from the outset of your studies. The programme, as well as allowing research active staff to produce modules which will showcase their internationally recognised research, also has the advantage of providing flexibility in provision, and increased choice for you.

LLM Law (Criminal Justice) introduces the requirement of oral presentations but has a firm emphasis on students producing written research. All branch specialisms have the requirement that you are assessed in workshops for Research for Advanced Legal Study. This is to help promote a diverse and inclusive approach to assessment, providing tutor-led diagnostics and helping you succeed no matter what your background.

The Legal Research Project in semester three is your opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research on a topic that you are truly passionate about, guided by a tutor with relevant expertise. It may take the form of a dissertation but may equally be work-based or practical in nature, and will allow you to contribute to the creation of new knowledge within Criminal Justice.

The programme will be attractive, irrespective of whether you are from the UK, Europe or an International student.  You will benefit from the experience of staff who have taught International students for many years and the multicultural learning environment within the Faculty and the University.

The Legal Research Project in semester three is your opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of legal research on a topic you’re truly passionate about, guided by a tutor with relevant expertise. It may take the form of a dissertation but may equally be work-based or practical in nature,and will allow you to contribute to the creation of new knowledge within International Criminal Justice.

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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.

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 MA is an excellent specialism for;

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

Studying a branch specialism in a cutting-edge area of law will provide you with the currency of academic knowledge and skills that employers and businesses crave. You will be taught by world leading experts, you will be engaging with the latest thinking and you will be developing the Northumbria graduate attributes that will give you a significant advantage in your chosen field.

If you are joining us from another legal jurisdiction you will be able to apply your specialist skills and knowledge in your home country, contributing to local priorities for growth in relevant areas. For students from countries that follow the Bologna Process and require two year of postgraduate study, it will be possible to study the LLM framework twice,choosing a different specialism each time. You will qualify for an alumni discount on the second year.

Alumni;

The Law LLM criminal justice is new this year, but you can meet one of our Law LLM graduates, Christine Doris Enakele here.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

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.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

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*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £8,190

Full EU Fee: £8,190

Full International Fee: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

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