LAW-30118 - The Practice of Criminal Litigation
Coordinator: Lisa M Mason Tel: +44 1782 7 34363
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

To provide a practitioner focused insight into the practice of criminal litigation, from the point of giving advice at the police station through to a consideration of evidential issues, sentence upon conviction and appeal.
The content of this module aligns with the SRA's SQE Assessment Specifications.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain the various procedural stages of a criminal case and advise a client accordingly: 2
Evaluate the tactical and legal considerations in advising at the Police Station and be able to apply the Code for Crown Prosecutors to a charging decision in relation to adults and youths: 2
Identify and deal with professional conduct issues if they arise and be able to offer advice on the availability of public funding: 2
Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to apply the rules of criminal evidence to a factual scenario: 2
Demonstrate effective oral advocacy skills by for example, making or opposing an application for bail; making a plea in mitigation or delivering an evidential submission to have evidence excluded: 1
Explain and apply the principles of sentencing: 2

Study hours

Lectures 12 x 1 hour
Workshops 10 x 2 hours
Independent study including preparation for workshops totals 118 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Presentation weighted 30%
Oral advocacy presentation
An oral advocacy application in the context of a criminal law exercise for example a bail application or plea in mitigation exceeding no more than 15 minutes duration.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 70%
24-hour, online open book exam
A problem based open book exam The paper will be released on the KLE at 10am on the morning of the exam. Students will have 24 hours to submit their answers. Although 24 hours has been allocated as the time frame within which answers must be submitted, we expect that most students will take no more than 2-3 hours to complete their answers. Answers must be completed and submitted in accordance with the Law School approved rubric for 24-hour online assessments. The maximum word limit for this practice-based module is 4000 words.