Human Rights and Criminal Justice are both relevant if you are working internationally or with people who are international especially but human rights law probably pertains to many disciplines within law in different guises in relation to the various rights which humans have rights to enjoy. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 as a response to some of the issues within the second world war. The UK Human Rights Act was passed a lot later in 1998 to provide equality, fairness, dignity and respect. There are civil rights and political rights and each country has a different interpretation of these rights. When combined with criminal justice the emphasis is on fair treatment in relation to human rights.
The degree gives you the greatest possible chance of a range of careers as it is split between Human Rights and Criminal Justice but within this you can study oil and minerals, humanitarian law, use of force criminal law which allows you the greatest choice of careers within law, civil service, diplomacy and negotiation, policing, human rights NGOs and advocacy groups and more. The programme has a strong emphasis on law, politics and Human Rights areas such as education, health, housing and family rights. You develop unique insights that align with employment options within this area of law.
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Fast-track your legal career with our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course. Designed for students who want the challenges and rewards of a legal career, but don't have an undergraduate degree in law, or for those who have significant work experience, but no formal qualifications.
Many employers are attracted to GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market, as you offer additional skills and experience to their organisation.
This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in core legal subjects. Offering high levels of face-to-face teaching contact in lectures and workshops, and an open door policy for academic or pastoral advice, the environment is supportive and friendly. We also offer a Careers and Employability adviser to help you take the steps into a fulfilling legal career.
Mooting at Manchester Law School is part of a specialised unit on the GDL course, and we have become a leading centre for mooting and advocacy in the UK. The mooting society at the law school is extremely active, organising regular mooting sessions and debates supported by a team of expert tutors. Our Mooting teams have competed at and the highest level from 2013-16 and have enjoyed regular national competition success.
Award-winning Faculty environment
Manchester Law School is an inspiring and highly professional environment in which to study, housing modern lecture theatres, study zones, legal libraries and a mock courtroom. You will benefit from an award-winning Faculty building, including spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. Highly modern facilities are available to you on our thriving campus at the heart of the UK’s second city.
Top quality teaching by professionals
You will be taught by experienced professionals and will receive the best possible teaching and direct access to the profession. You’ll benefit from tutors who have a real passion for their subjects.
There are opportunities for GDL students to take part in pro bono (voluntary) work experience in a wide range of areas. Manchester Law School is continually adding to our portfolio of pro bono partners, to extend and improve the opportunities for GDL students to experience legal work first-hand.
The LLM (Master of Laws) is an internationally recognised postgraduate law degree comparable to an MBA in business and management.
You can choose to specialise in Human Rights Law, which is one of the most in-demand specialisations within the Postgraduate Laws programme.
The University of London has a worldwide reputation for research and teaching in human rights law. This specialisation enables you to get to grips with the human rights issues confronting governments, international bodies, individuals and corporations. It addresses the promotion and protection of human rights internationally with options on the human rights of women, children and refugees. The important legal frameworks - the United Nations Protection of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights are also covered.
This specialisation in Human Rights Law is ideal for those working in, or wishing to work in, legal practices which focus on areas such as human rights, public law, family law, immigration, housing, employment and business law; in central and local government; in campaigning groups; or for global organisations such as the UN.
- A study method designed for highly motivated busy professionals so you can study when and where is convenient to you, without any requirement to attend classes, submit course work or undertake dissertations.
- Becoming part of a global online community of other professionals in your field.
- Options to study over 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years.
- Gaining a world-class qualification from the internationally-renowned University of London while maintaining your professional and personal commitments.
The LLM from the University of London International Programmes has been developed by academics within Queen Mary and UCL Law departments, both of which have outstanding reputations.
“I chose the programme for its flexibility. At the same time as indulging my interest in criminal law, I could pursue my interest in human rights, for example. The quality of the programme is exceptional. I knew from the offset that it was going to be good; I didn't realise how good it was going to be.”
The University provides substantial study materials (print and web-based) to improve and aid your study experience. The programme is self-taught and you can study when you choose. Study materials include:
- A comprehensive Skills Guide.
- Textbook(s) provided for each Course and Readers for most modules to direct your reading.
- Study guides especially written and edited for distance learning purposes, usually by the author of the textbook which will be provided. These offer clear learning outcomes, key skills and self-assessment questions throughout. Sample chapters from study guides are available.
- Postgraduate Laws Student Handbook containing information about libraries and bookshops and websites.
- Regulations containing important information, such as details of the courses and specialisations available, syllabuses and assessment.
You also have access to an online student portal containing:
- Extensive online library resources.
- More than 10 legal databases including Lexis/Nexis® and Westlaw®.
- Dedicated discussion forums for each module - you'll encounter all kinds of people with perspectives from many different areas of the globe, including the legal professions, discover new ways of studying and no doubt make new friends.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated Student Advice Centre.
Our Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Manchester Law School gives you the essential training you need to prepare for life as a solicitor. Our client focused LPC will give you the legal knowledge, skills and commercial understanding to thrive in today's market, placing an emphasis on simulating real-life legal scenarios.
The course is both practical and interactive, using workshops and effective teaching methods supported by online materials, to help you develop the practical and theoretical skills required for legal practice. You will learn how to think and behave like a legal professional from the outset.
Specialist LPC facilities
Recognising the challenging nature of solicitor training, the Law School offers a number of specialist facilities for the use of students on the LPC programme. Students benefit from specialist postgraduate study areas, LPC study suite and legal libraries. There is also a mock courtroom in the Law School.
Practitioner Mentor Scheme
Specifically for LPC students at Manchester Law School, this scheme helps you to establish a direct link with someone in practice who you can approach for advice and questions.
Competitive course fees
Our LPC fees are more affordable than several other providers. We offer an alumni discount to former LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law students.
Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with many organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with careers from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links at our many events including external speakers and local and national firms.
Award-winning Faculty environment
At Manchester Law School you will have access to an outstanding Faculty building, housing spacious study and IT zones, laptop counters, cafes and coffee shops, and free WiFi. You will benefit from highly modern facilities on our thriving campus too, at the heart of the UK’s second city.
The LPC is delivered in our purpose-built Law School by a highly experienced academic team from a variety of legal professional backgrounds. Your tuition will be delivered through a combination of methods, mainly workshops and electronic learning.
Simulating a law firm's identity, you will work through transactional case studies, which are designed to reflect realistic legal challenges and scenarios. This approach allows you to learn skills such as interviewing clients, writing letters of advice, preparing legal documents and making court appearances.
You will receive the opportunity to hone your legal skills through involvement in one of our voluntary legal work schemes that offer pro bono legal services to those in need. Manchester Law School also offers competitive work placements for successful candidates providing vital work experience.