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LL.M. Criminal Justice

College of Business and Law, University College Cork

The LLM in Criminal Justice is a specialist and ground-breaking LLM offered by the Law Faculty UCC. It is unique because of a core clinical component, which offers students the opportunity to pursue a theoretical inquiry into criminal justice while experiencing the reality of the criminal justice system in practice.

UCC Law Faculty has developed a well-established network of relationships with various criminal justice agencies. A Clinical Co-ordinator in the Faculty of Law organises a series of placements in partnership with these criminal justice agencies. These placements enable students to explore the perspectives of the Gardaí (police), victim organisations, probation service, prisons and the courts (judiciary, prosecutors and defence).

This partnership between academia and the broader community offers an unrivalled opportunity for research into criminal justice theory and the divergence between policy and the reality of the implementation of criminal law on the ground. Graduates of this programme are in a unique position to work within criminal law and contribute to future policymaking, research and reform, in the area of criminal justice.

The LLM (Criminal Justice) has a compulsory clinical component at its core, which is undertaken in partnership with the Faculty's placement partners and involves significant interaction with the criminal justice system and its stakeholders. In this regard, the Law Faculty must be satisfied of the candidate's commitment to and suitability for the programme. Candidates should pay particular attention to satisfying these criteria when completing their application. Candidates must also

* (a) Hold a BCL (Hons) Degree from the National University of Ireland with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1(2:1) or a Second Class Honours LLB Degree from University College Cork.


* (b) Have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the Faculty of law, qualifies the candidate to undertake the LLM (Criminal Justice).

Applications from overseas candidates are welcome and their qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis under (b) above. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at international for application details.

The programme can be taken over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

English Language Requirements:
IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL equivalent

Part-Time Taught Postgraduate Programmes
Please note that non-EU applicants are not eligible to study part-time programmes

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
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Degree Level: Masters
Tuition Fee: € 6,835 / Year (EEA) , € 16,930 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:1 Year
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Part-time, Full-time
Disciplines: European Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, International Law
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