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International Criminal Law LLM

Course Description

Interested in criminal law? Want to focus your legal skills towards working at an international level? Then LLM International Criminal Law is perfect for you! We cover the key concepts in enforcing international criminal law, looking particularly at crimes falling under the jurisdiction of international criminal courts and tribunals. This includes genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. You'll learn valuable practical skills to become a specialist international lawyer, including conducting mediation and negotiation in an international law setting and acting as an advocate presenting legal arguments before an international forum.

As well as focusing on a specialist area, we will also help you develop an awareness and critical understanding of commercialism in the legal sector, understanding the law in practice and legal ethics. You'll gain everything you need to work in international law, opening your career options and enhancing your skills for future employment. Take your love of law to the next level by gaining expertise in international criminal law.

Course outline

All students will begin by engaging in a critical appraisal of relevant research methods to achieve competence in project planning and academic writing, an awareness and critical understanding of commercialism in the legal sector, understanding the law in practice and legal ethics. Students will be trained on how to prepare written advice to clients, how to draft court pleadings, conduct mediation and negotiation in an international law setting, and act as an advocate and present legal argument before an international forum.

There are no exams to worry about - assessments are made through essays, presentations, advocacy exercises and professional portfolios. The research project is a significant piece of research which students will undertake with support from supervisors. The focus of this project must be on an area of their specialisation and must be completed within 15,000 words.

Graduate destinations

The LLM qualification can help career development in the legal sector (including for those practicing law in commercial and business fields) as well as the Business and Management industry, helping promotion to middle and senior management. To meet the constant evolution of global business law development, we offer the opportunity to gain the qualification in one year.

Other admission requirements

For non UK degree programmes, the University will utilise the NARIC database to determine its equivalence to a UK honours degree. Applicants presenting non-standard qualifications with substantial legal practice and law related experience may be invited for an interview to present their experiential learning. If an applicant's first language is not English, he or she must be able to demonstrate oral and written fluency in English. Working or studying in an English-speaking environment will usually be sufficient to demonstrate an acceptable competence. Otherwise applications for admission must be accompanied by a certificate of competency in the English language from a recognised institution or programme. English language requirements for non-English-speaking students are a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum TOEFL score of 600, or equivalent.

Visit the International Criminal Law LLM page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates must satisfy one, or a combination, of the following conditions: a UK first degree with honours at a minimum of 2:2 or above; a non-graduate qualification which the University deems to be of satisfactory standard for the purpose of post-graduate admission; in the absence of a UK first degree with honours (or equivalent), the candidate should have relevant work experience and have held a position of responsibility in a legal department for a minimum of three years within the previous five years. See course description for further admission details.

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