Criminal Litigation LLM

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time
Next available date: January 2020 - London
Course Dates
September 2020 
9,000 GBP
January 2021 
9,000 GBP

Course description

Criminal Litigation LLM

Criminal Litigation LLM - a City University degree programme

The Specialist LLM in Criminal Litigation is one of the first of its kind in giving complete devotion to studying criminal litigation in the UK. The course places emphasis on the important principles of the criminal justice system and others in comparative context. The course details the important concepts in the areas of Criminal Litigation and gives an in-depth understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding these. It is especially applicable for the professionals in criminal law practice such as solicitors, barristers, CPS employees and police officers. Lawyers in the beginning stages of their career, will find these courses especially useful.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should normally hold a good first degree in law, or an equivalent qualification in a related discipline, and must be fluent in written and spoken English. We expect applicants who are not nationals of a majority English-speaking country OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree, which was taught in a majority English-speaking country as defined by the UK Visas and Immigration, to have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Applicants with a first degree in a subject other than law will be considered, but it should be noted that this may restrict the choice of modules where content is dependent on a prior knowledge of law.

How do we make our decision?

In reaching our selection decisions we will take account of:

  • Academic performance
  • Reasons for choice of courses/career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • References
  • Relevant work experience/activity

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partnerINTO City University Londonoffers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7 with a minimum of 6 in each area.

Please note that due to changes in theUKVI's list ofSELTs we are no longer able to acceptTOEFLas evidence of English language for students who require aCAS as of April 2014.

Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study
Pre-sessional English

Candidates who are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and are coming to study in the UK may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way to apply may vary depending on the length of the course taken; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note:Candidates requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Upon successful completion of the four modules and dissertation you will be be awarded a specialist Master of Laws degree in Criminal Litigation (LLM). If you only complete the four modules without a dissertation you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminal Litigation.

When you graduate from the course you will have a substantial understanding of the fundamentals of criminal litigation, together with enhanced analytical abilities. These attributes will enable you to make a substantial contribution within our developing criminal justice system.

Our graduates have often reported that the course has helped them to advance in their careers through gaining a promotion, changing careers or through professional progression.

Postgraduate Experience

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

Training Course Content

The course looks in depth at important topics in the fields of criminal procedure, sentencing, criminal evidence and criminal advocacy, and makes comparative reference to other legal systems. Each of the individual modules explores a topic from a different perspective providing you with a practical understanding of the subject matter. To qualify for this specialist Master degree, you must complete a TOTAL of 180 credits.

You must complete at least 90 credits of taught modules in the specialist pathway must be completed and complete a dissertation (of either 30 or 60 credits) in that area of specialisation. Below are the specific modules for Criminal Litigation:

  • Criminal Procedure: rules and practice (30 credits)
  • Criminal Evidence: exclusion and inclusion (30 credits)
  • Sentencing: justice and difference (30 credits)
  • Advocacy in the criminal trial (30 credits)
  • Victims and vulnerable witnesses (30 credits)
  • Psychology, Advocacy and Evidence (30 credits)
  • Court of Appeal: criminal practice and procedure (30 credits)
  • International Criminal Law: crimes, courts and trials (30 credits)
  • Sentencing: culpability and harm (30 credits)
  • Advocacy: Trial Stories (30 credits)
  • Criminal Procedure: theory and reality(30 credits)
  • Criminal Evidence and Proof (30 credits)
  • Ethics for the legal practitioner (30 credits)

Dissertation (incorporating research methods training)

  • 12,000 word Supervised Dissertation (30 credits), or
  • 24,000 word Supervised Dissertation (60 credits)


The course is taught at our campus at Gray's Inn Place located right in the heart of legal London. Our LLM teaching team have considerable experience of vocational training for lawyers. In addition to their experience as teachers and trainers, most members of the LLM course team have practical experience of the criminal justice system, either as barristers or solicitors. Members of the team have published a number of books on the various subjects offered on the LLM for practitioners and students.

Find out more about our academics at The City Law School


Assessment will draw on a range of approaches which include written coursework, presentations, skills work, in-class tests, projects and a dissertation. The purpose of this is to assess a range of different skills and knowledge, as well as exposing you to different approaches.

The majority of modules will be assessed on the basis of written coursework of 5,000-5,500 words.

The 30 credit dissertation module will involve the submission of a dissertation of 12,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director. If you decide to offer the 60 credit dissertation instead, you are required to submit a dissertation of 24,000 words on a subject agreed with your supervisor/Programme Director.

Most modules have a single summative assessment with 100% weighting but there are some where there is more than one assessment and the weighting for each will be 50%.

You have the option of completing formative coursework in each module. The formative assessment will give you an opportunity to understand and appreciate the academic attainment levels expected. At different stages of the programme, it provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate legal research, quantitative, cognitive and other skills in addition to your knowledge and understanding of the subjects.

The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to display competence in legal research. It allows some autonomy and enables you to show that you can manage information as well as developing complex arguments and innovative ways to solve problems.

Each assessment tests whether you:

  • have grasped the relevant principles;
  • are able to analyse and interpret those principles critically;
  • are able to apply them to complex factual problems; and
  • can present the relevant points in concise, clear and grammatical terms.


Career Development
At The City Law School you will be given a personal tutor who will guide your academic and professional progress. In addition, you will have access to the University's Centre for Career Skills and Development


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £10,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000

For more information and further ideas about funding your course, visitFinancing your study.

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