Entry requirements

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 English-speaking countries OR have not successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree taught in English 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.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is the first postgraduate degree course in this country to be devoted exclusively to Criminal Litigation. The course allows you to critically examine the four key subjects that underpin the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The course has been designed to enable you to examine important areas of Criminal Litigation in greater depth than is possible at undergraduate level or in a vocational training course.

Course Content
You will look 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. The course is designed to encourage you to:

- Look globally at the criminal justice system
- Examine what happens both inside and outside the courtroom
- Consider why procedures or situations work out the way they do
- Think about whether the criminal justice system constitutes a coherent whole

Modules offered include:
- Advocacy
- Criminal Procedure
- Criminal Evidence
- Sentencing

The course appeals to practitioners in the field of criminal justice, in particular, members of the legal profession and magistrates, police officers and probabtion officers.

CPD Accredited
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has approved the course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for solicitors. Further details about CPD accreditation may be obtained from the SRA.

Why the City LLM

- Benefit from expert experience by studying the first postgraduate course in the country to be devoted exclusively to Criminal Litigation
- Grow your specialist knowledge in an expert field
- Develop knowledge with the help of teaching staff with proven experience in delivering vocational training for lawyers
- Experience lectures delivered by experts on a range of specialist topics

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualifications are also required: IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each area (we do not accept TOEFL)

Fees and funding

  • Full-time EU: £10,000 (January 2016-entry fee; September 2016-entry fee to be confirmed November 2015)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (January 2016-entry fee; September 2016-entry fee to be confirmed November 2015)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

The School Office
+44 (0) 20 7404 5787
+44 (0) 20 7831 4188