Welcome to the School of Law at the University of Limerick

As Head of the Law School at the University of Limerick, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. The UL campus is truly one of the most beautiful university campuses anywhere in the world. Visitors never fail to be impressed by this peaceful green place with its trees, its fountains and the beautiful river Shannon flowing majestically through it all. The School prides itself on providing an innovative, enriching, student-centred learning environment. Our undergraduate programmes (Law and Accounting and Law Plus) have always been interdisciplinary in nature, and all our students undertake a six to eight month pioneering clinical placement as an integral part of their education. This long and sustained commitment to ‘law in action’ has ensured that students get vital clinical experience with prestigious employers such as A & L Goodbody Solicitors, Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors, Matheson Solicitors, Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors, Arthur Cox Solicitors, LK Shields Solicitors, William Fry Solicitors, KPMG, Deloitte and Touche, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Maples FS, Grant Thornton, Ernst and Young, Glanbia, Vistakon, Allianz Ireland, Legal Aid Board, GE Capital Aviation Services, to name but a few. Such clinical experiences contribute to the educational journey of our students and also greatly enhance their employability.

The Law School also has a long tradition of committing ourselves to developing the transferrable skills of students through projects such as Advanced Lawyering and Moot Court, and through cutting edge core modules such as Alternative Dispute Resolution. All of these initiatives promote ‘big picture’ holistic thinking, and can explicitly enhance student soft skills such as problem solving, decision-making, communication, teamwork, planning, critical thinking and human relations skills. In combination with our compulsory clinical education initiatives, they provide an integrating impulse –promoting a sense of coherence across particular programmes of study and facilitating students in understanding how their learning applies in particular contexts. It is not surprising therefore that our graduates have ended up as partners in major law firms, as partners in major accounting firms, at the bar, in senior roles in government departments, NGOs, at the EU, in academia, and private industry.

The School boasts outstanding academic staff members who are internationally recognised as experts in their fields. They provide excellent tutelage in a friendly, open atmosphere. The School houses three very active Centres of Research: the Centre for Criminal Justice (CCJ), the International Commercial and Economic Law Group (ICEL), and the Research Cluster for Understanding Emotions in Society (CUES) all of which are at the cutting edge of legal research.

Postgraduate students also benefit from this research expertise, whether they decide to enrol in a general LLM or specialist LLM (LLM International Commercial Law, Human Rights in Criminal Justice or European and Comparative Law), or undertake a research postgraduate degree as part of our significant doctoral cohort of students.

The School is also strongly committed to working with the practising legal profession, government departments, NGOs, and other relevant stakeholders across all disciplines of law. We have developed particularly strong working relationships with An Garda Síochána and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

We have also fostered strong international links and it is possible for our students to undertake placements in Canada and the US. Our students can also spend a full academic year in a European university in Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands. We also have links with universities in Germany, France and Spain where subjects are taught through the native language. We have a very vibrant international student body in the Law School. A recent International Student Survey, which involved over 5000 International students currently studying across the seven Irish Universities, voted UL as the number one University in providing the best student experience, the best student support and warmest welcome in Ireland. UL is also among the top 100 Erasmus host universities according to the latest statistics released by the EU Commission.

We look forward to meeting you.

Professor Shane Kilcommins - Head, School of Law.

MISSION STATEMENT

School of law 2012

The misson of the School is:

To provide a practical legal education, incorporating a multi disciplinary dimension, underpinned by high quality research of national and international standing in areas of key strengths and to serve the broader community.

We achieve this by: 1.Offering innovative programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, which incorporate as key components, both work based learning and extensive subject choice;

2. Maintaining a friendly supportive environment in which students can develop their knowledge and skills through close engagement with staff;

3. Prioritising publications in books and high ranking national and international journals and conducting research projects for policy makers and NGOs at home and abroad ;

4. Expanding the recruitment and progression of research postgraduate studies ;

5. Enhancing our research and teaching networks internally, with universities, the legal professions and community groupings locally and internationally and

6. Continuing to strive for improvement in what we do and reviewing all School activities periodically.