Law - Political Science - Administration

MASTER - MENTION CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL SCIENCES

Criminal law and criminal sciences
  • Targeted level of study

    BAC +5

  • ECTS

    120 credits

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Law and Political Science

  • Language(s) of instruction

    French

Presentation

  • Head of studies: Marie-Christine Sordino

The Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences degree is ideal for students wishing to practice all professions in criminal law and criminal sciences.

The structure of the two levels is designed to lead the student to a progressive specialisation in the different sectors of criminal law and criminal sciences. The specific courses in Master 1 cover the essential disciplines of criminal law and criminal sciences, which are part of the revision programmes for the main legal examinations and competitions. Thus, courses in criminal procedure, international criminal law, special criminal law, business criminal law, criminal sanction law and criminology are covered in Master 1.

The teaching of these disciplines is deepened in the Masters 2 courses, both in terms of research and practical and pre-professional training designed to enable the student to enter the job market directly.

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Objectives

The main objective of the Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences degree is to prepare students for all professions in criminal law and criminal sciences.

It is therefore recommended for students wishing to become magistrates, lawyers, police and gendarmerie officers, prison directors, probation officers, customs officers, compliance officers, employees of private companies in the legal or litigation sector, employees of organisations such as TRACFIN, or those wishing to take the major competitive examinations of the civil service.

It is also recommended when the student wishes to become a teacher-researcher or a researcher at the CNRS, thanks to the preparation for research and through research in criminal law and criminal sciences (research-based course).

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Know-how and skills

Thanks to the training followed in the framework of the Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences degree, the student will be able to :

- master all the disciplines of criminal law and criminal sciences

- constructing legal reasoning

- mastering the writing of a legal summary subject

- mastering oral communication on a legal subject

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Organization

Open in alternating years

This course is open on a sandwich basis.

Programme

The Master 1 course in the Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences specialisation is designed to lead naturally to the choice of one of the courses offered in Master 2.

The articulation between the two years of Master 1 and Master 2 is built in a logical and coherent way, as the disciplines taught in Master 1 prepare for a stronger specialisation in each course. 

The field covered by criminal law and criminal sciences calls for specialised training, built around distinct pedagogical projects and aims, depending on whether the student is destined for research or for direct entry into professional life, if necessary by passing an examination or an entrance exam.

 

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Master in Criminal Law and Practice

The aim of the Criminal Practices course is to encourage the deepening of knowledge in the entire field of criminal law, in a concrete, cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary manner. The practices in force in all areas of economic, social, cultural and family life are considered from the point of view of penal repression, in a transversal perspective. This makes it possible to include in-depth study of all the disciplines relating to general criminal law, criminal procedure and special criminal law, which have never been taught as part of the previous course, or to go further into subjects which have already been the subject of an introduction.

The exposure to a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary programme, combining public and private law, with a comparative and international dimension, is a considerable asset in helping students enter the job market. All the movements to which criminal law is subject are thus grasped and passed on to the students: the programme of the course shows in particular the dematerialisation and the taking into account of new technologies and the Internet by the criminal matter.

Through the study of practice files led by professionals, students are confronted with role-playing and situational simulation. This is very useful in preparing them for competitive examinations or for their direct entry into the professional world.

In this sense, the course constitutes a real professional school of criminal law and criminal sciences.

The course is supported by the Montpellier Criminal Law Team (EDPM), which is a recognised research team in criminal law and criminal sciences.

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Admission

Target audience

Entry to the Master 1 in the Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences stream is open to students who have obtained a degree in private or public law or a diploma deemed equivalent. It is also open to continuing education, where it may constitute a specialisation.

The recruitment criteria between Master 1 and Master 2 are the study of the file, which is systematic, and, more often than not, in addition to the study of the file, interviews and motivation tests (which are not systematic).

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Necessary pre-requisites

Bachelor's degree in private or public law or equivalent diploma, in initial training; open to continuing education.

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And then

Further studies

The student can continue his or her studies by integrating preparations for competitive examinations related to criminal law: for example, Prépa-ENM, Prépa-ENA, Prépa for the CRFPA entrance exam, Preparation for competitive examinations in criminal law organised by the Montpellier Criminal Law Team (Director, Mr. Olivier Sautel, MCF-HDR, Montpellier Criminal Law Team; Director of Studies, Mr. Eloi Clément, MCF, Montpellier Criminal Law Team). (Director, Mr. Olivier Sautel, MCF-HDR, Montpellier Criminal Law Team; Director of Studies, Mr. Eloi Clément, MCF, Montpellier Criminal Law Team).

The student can also continue his studies by following the University Diploma of Criminal Sciences offered by the Criminal Law Team of Montpellier (EDPM- Direction Mr. Olivier Sautel).

Graduation with a degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences allows the graduate to enrol in a doctoral thesis.

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Professional integration

The professional opportunities of the Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences degree are :

Magistrate (judicial and administrative)

Lawyer

Registrar

Police competition

Gendarmerie competition

Customs competition

Tax competition

Civil service competitions

Prison Administration Competitions

Competition of the judicial protection of youth

In-house lawyer or company director

Compliance officer

Employee with organisations such as TRACFIN, with banking institutions

Teacher-researcher at the University

Researcher at the CNRS

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