Crime and Litigation LLM

London South Bank University

Program Description

Crime and Litigation LLM

London South Bank University


With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students.

Through critical and comparative studies of justice and the criminal litigation process this course will give you demonstrable understanding of the key principles that ground the UK criminal justice system, its issues, approaches and topical debates.

If you are a recent graduate, or already working within the criminal justice field, you'll further your academic and practical knowledge of the litigation process. The programme is also highly relevant to human rights workers and policy agents working in the UK or abroad. Upon completion you'll have acquired an in-depth and systematic understanding of criminal litigation and criminal justice and will be able to work at the cutting edge of practice and research in these areas.

This course is distinctive for the following reasons:

  • Emphasis on human rights and justice issues;
  • Practical legal problem-solving drawing upon a variety of legal and non-legal knowledge, understanding and skills;
  • Leading practitioner insights into current legal and criminal justice practice issues;
  • Strong national links with the legal profession;
  • The learning environment is greatly enhanced by guest lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners.


Core Modules

  • Research methods
  • Criminal litigation
  • Criminal justice
  • Dissertation

Module options

After completing core modules you'll choose from options that reflect the practical/ theoretical and social justice context of the course. Choices are made following discussion with your personal tutor and also guided by your own professional interests and career aspirations.

  • International criminal law
  • Evidence/science and technology
  • Psychological aspects of investigation
  • Decision making in the forensic context
  • Advocacy
  • Policing
  • Investigative psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Citizenship and combating crime in the EU

Criminal litigation

If you're interested in criminal litigation you may prefer options such as: Advocacy, Evidence, Forensic Science and Technology or International Criminal Law

Criminal justice

Or if you want to focus on the criminal justice system you may prefer options such as: Policing, Terrorism, Investigative Psychology, Forensic Psychology.

Study modes


  • 14 months (taught stage: October-June; dissertation: July-October)
  • Full-time; six modules plus a dissertation to be completed July-October


  • Part-time: 26 months (taught stage: October-June years one and two. Dissertation: July-October or July to January in year 2)
  • Three modules a year for two years; plus a dissertation completed July-January, or, July-October. Students can alternatively opt for the accelerated part-time learning mode (Saturday classes).


Upon completion of the course you'll have developed advanced legal practice skills and an informed and reflective understanding of the criminal justice system. As well as legal practice, graduates of this LLM may seek employment in a variety of related fields such as research and policy making the police, prison and probation services. All modules (core and optional) achieve a balance between practice, theory and the development of professional skills.

Professional links

Through our growing pool of visiting fellows and professors, the Law Department has developed a strong network of contacts with leading criminal law practitioners. Moreover, the Law Department enjoys strong links with the South London Law Society, and cooperates with them to provide a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for local practitioners and members of the South London Law Society. Many members of the Law Department are practitioners, or retain strong links with the legal profession.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 Honours degree in Law or related subject (such as Sociology, Criminology and Forensic Science). Or a Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division.
  • The programme also recruits graduates from different academic disciplines and practitioners from professions within the criminal justice field.
  • Criminal Law Practitioners with relevant professional qualifications and experience are not subject to the admissions requirement of having obtained a 2:2 Honours degree.
  • Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the FAHS Policy on APL and APEL.
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug., 2017
14 months
Part time
Full time
7,500 GBP
Start date Aug., 2017
United Kingdom London, England
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Duration 14 months
Price 7,500 GBP
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