Criminal Practice

Criminal Practice Program

This program offers the only postgraduate qualification in law in Australia designed specifically for lawyers working in (or aspiring to work in) criminal prosecutions, whether as a prosecutor or defence lawyer. The subjects on offer include substantive, evidential, procedural and ethical issues, along with advocacy for judge alone, jury trials, and appellate practice. Each subject requires pre-intensive self-study, a pre-intensive assignment, a three day intensive attendance with guest speakers and practical exercises, and a post-intensive assignment.

This unique program is run by the School's distinguished Judge in Residence - the Hon. Terry Buddin SC.

Subjects are delivered in flexible mode - including a compulsory three-day intensive workshop in either Wollongong or Sydney (typically Thursday - Saturday inclusive) and semester-long distance study supported by the University of Wollongong's e-learning platform.

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Masters of Laws

  • Duration: 1 year (2 sessions) full-time, or 2 years part-time
  • 6 x 6 credit point subjects:
    • Prosecutorial Practice
    • Advanced Criminal Evidence
    • Experts and Their Evidence
    • Applied Criminal Law
    • Criminal Trial and Appellate Advocacy
    • Jury Advocacy
  • 12 credit point supervised research paper of approx 12000 words

Graduate Certificate in Laws

  • Duration: 1 year (2 sessions) part-time
  • 4 x 6 credit point subjects:
    • Prosecutorial Practice
    • Advanced Criminal Evidence
    • Experts and Their Evidence
    • Applied Criminal Law

Student Testimonials

Deng Adut

"To be a lawyer was unthinkable. Australia opened the doors of its schools and universities. I would particularly like to thank the Western Sydney University where I received my Law degree and the University of Wollongong where I obtained my Masters degree in Law – an experience which enabled me to realise my dream of becoming a court room advocate. Australia educated me. How lucky I became. How lucky is any person who receives an education in a free land and goes on to use it in daily life". Read the full speech on 'freedom from fear' >

Deng Adut's Australia Day Speech, 2016

"Do you want to be a good criminal lawyer? Do you want to explore the technical issues, understand the procedure, develop your skills in questioning witnesses and making submissions? Do you like interacting with people whether they are clients, victims of crime, investigators, experts, jurors, or other criminal lawyers? If so, take UOW's LLM Criminal Practice journey. I'm so glad that I did. I am now working as an advocate around Australia. This LLM gave me the legal and procedural knowledge, along with the practical experience that I now use every day".

Deng Adut

"I have worked for the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions since 2010. I completed the LLM program between 2013 – 2015, and cannot recommend the course highly enough.

The range of speakers throughout the course opened my eyes to the possibilities of practising criminal law in Australia and internationally. The coursework gave me a better understanding of complex issues around evidence and procedure, and detailed consideration of appeal decisions helped me determine how to best run criminal matters. The advocacy training was the highlight – with practical exercises and helpful guidance into how to become a more persuasive solicitor whilst in the courtroom.

Undertaking the Masters at Wollongong was instrumental in gaining my current role as a legal adviser in Director’s Chambers at the ODPP".

Carl Young

"I completed the LLM Criminal Practice program at the end of 2015. This program has shaped me as an advocate and as a person.

This course has assisted in developing strong advocacy skills which I now use as a criminal defence lawyer in all jurisdictions.

This program is a must for all Criminal lawyers".

Michael Moussa

"I completed the NSW Law Society Specialist Accreditation in Criminal Law in 2013 and commenced the LLM in 2014. My experience during the LLM gave me the confidence to decide to pursue a career at the NSW Bar. I am sure that my involvement in the LLM at UOW was an important factor in my being offered a readers position at the chambers I will be joining in May 2016".

Kasey Pearce, current student

"I am currently working as a Judge's Associate. My enrolment in the LLM Criminal Practice was a topic of considerable attention during my job interview and made me stand out as a person with a passion for criminal law and continuing professional development. Its fantastic reputation helped me secure the best job I've had and is still opening doors".

AB, current student

"I commenced the LLM in early 2015. The course exceeded my expectations and provides exposure to high-level members of the legal profession. Their insights are invaluable to practitioners in the early years of their legal journeys. I have noticed a direct improvement in my advocacy and skills as a lawyer as a result. I believe that my involvement in this program was a crucial factor in successfully obtaining a much desired position with the Criminal Law Division of Legal Aid NSW".

ER, current student

"I graduated with a double degree and found myself not ready for the work force. The LLM Criminal Practice course was the perfect transition from the theoretical to the practical. Being mentored by high calibre yet down-to-earth lecturers, and being exposed to an array of well-regarded experts, provided me with the confidence and motivation to tackle the "real world". I am now working at the Crown Solicitor's Office in the Child Protection team, and the LLM Criminal Practice course played a key role in helping me secure employment".

Aiman El-Roubaei

Last reviewed: 1 August, 2018