Masters in Law

Criminal Law


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Criminal law, or penal law, is the body of law that regulates and punishes acts considered undesirable to the state. Examples of crimes include theft, assault, and robbery, trafficking in controlled substances, murder or treason. The purpose of penal law is to maintain a state of order in society by confining lawbreakers, and preventing them and others from violating the well-being of citizens.

Criminal law is different from the civil rights law in that the latter focuses on disputes between private parties and seeks to compensate the victim. Disciplines related to criminal law are criminology, accounting forensics, forensic psychology, international criminal law, environmental law, and military law.

Universities offer studies in criminal law as independent programmes, under Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Master of Laws (LLM) professional degrees. Students gain general theoretical knowledge of penal law such as criminal justice, global crime problems and human rights. They gain an in-depth knowledge of aspects related to homicide, mentally disordered offenders, the death penalty, legal responses to terrorism, and many more.

Careers in criminal law include criminalist and criminologist, public interest lawyer, judge and magistrate, forensic psychologist, fraud investigator, detective, probation officer, or crime laboratory analyst. Professional practice in various work places such as law firms, private business, government, and public interest organisations.

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Suggested Masters in Criminal Law

M.A. Transnational Organised Crime

Transnational Organised Crime has become a significant concern and appears to be on the increase. At Staffordshire University you’ll study contemporary global issues such as drug and human trafficking, international terrorism, illegal arms trading and financial crime through the lens of critical criminology. 

United Kingdom
LL.M. International Criminal Law and Procedure

This LLM International Criminal Law and Procedure course from London South Bank University covers the concepts and enforcement of international criminal law, It focuses on international crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of international criminal courts and tribunals (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression).

United Kingdom
M.Sc. Criminology and Criminal Justice

This Criminology and Criminal Justice programme at The University of Edinburgh provides a platform to learn about and engage with the latest criminological research and apply this to current theory and debate in this interdisciplinary field.

United Kingdom
Master Criminal Justice

The Master of Criminal Justice degree will make sure you are. The criminal justice field today is incredibly diverse and provides opportunities in a wide range of fields.

United States