Criminal Law is concerned with the most potentially invasive assertion of authority by the state: if you fail to comply with the law you will be punished. This pathway draws upon Birmingham Law School’s long-standing research strengths in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice, providing a holistic analysis of the criminal process through an analysis of the law, its philosophical underpinnings and its operation in practice.
You can study to attain a broad overview of criminal justice processes or specialise in particular aspects as diverse as policing, health aspects of criminal justice or indeed international aspects of law enforcement co-operation.
The programme comprises six taught modules (20 credits each) and a dissertation of 15,000 words (60 credits) to enable you to develop significant expertise in a range of subjects, along with a critical appreciation of the problems that arise in these fields, providing you with a strong foundation for your future career.
The University of Birmingham is a truly diverse campus, attracting students from across the globe. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Please visit our website for information.
Our students enjoy excellent graduate prospects, with many going on to obtain careers in top law schools and law firms. Some examples of where our recent graduates have gone on to work include: Linklaters LLP, 5 Pump Court Chambers, Bar Pro Bono Unit and Squire Patton Boggs. A number of our postgraduate students go directly from Birmingham to complete the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course.
Birmingham Law School maintains strong links with the professional world, through our network of alumni and contacts in the barristers’ and solicitors’ professions. Students benefit from our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) which offers a range of extra-curricular opportunities to enhance their employability and increase their experience of law in action.
The University Careers Network organises regular events including presentations by top law firms and the annual Law Fair in which we welcome over 50 law firms, including some of the largest law firms in the world, to the University's Great Hall. It also runs workshops to help students prepare effective applications and to prepare for their next move. Its events on non-law careers, including journalism, marketing and working with charities, can also be of interest to law students.
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