There are plenty of great reasons why you might choose to study an LLM in Criminal Law – here are our top six.
Help your community
Studying Criminal Law will allow you to move into a career where you are helping some of your community’s most vulnerable people. Both those who commit a crime and those who are victims of crime require help and support to improve their lives. Working as a Criminal Lawyer will mean that you come in contact with a wide range of people who have had crime impact on their lives.
Criminal Law will open up opportunities in both the public and private sectors. There are important career paths in areas like prosecution, defence, prison services and in parole services and plenty of options to choose from after you have completed your course, so it's an LLM speciality that is very open when it comes to job roles and career paths.
The nature of most careers in Criminal Law means that they are in the public sector. This does mean that they might be impacted by local or national political budget changes, however, the reality is that these public sector jobs are usually highly secure and come with all the additional benefits people have come to expect from working for the government. There are fewer positions in private practice in Criminal Law, but those offering private services in Criminal Law will find lucrative work available along with defending those in receipt of government legal aid.
Varied daily work
Those working in Criminal Law will see people from all backgrounds and you could find yourself working with those touched by issues like poverty and drug addiction to those who are impacted by fraud or white-collar crime. Unless a Barrister is involved in the case, many lawyers or solicitors involved in Criminal Law will find themselves representing clients in court, being involved in the investigation of crime and advising those who are being investigated. This amount of variety in your daily work will ensure that you never get bored.
Perfect for a people person
One aspect of careers in Criminal Law is that they are all focused on the real-life problems of real people. To excel in Criminal Law you need to be a people-focused person who enjoys speaking with and gaining an understanding of other people’s.
Because Criminal Law is a part of everyone's lives it's always a controversial area of the law. The public always has an interest in the treatment of those who have perpetrated crimes and the victims of crimes. The impact of new laws or legal rulings creating new crimes will always make people interested in your work. The academic study of Criminal Law is deeply interesting and covers some of the most fascinating moral questions within the law.
Criminal Law Courts
Criminal Law courts have a long tradition in England and Wales – here’s a brief summary of what they are and what they do.