Duration: 1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
The LLM programme is designed to enhance students' legal skills and enrich their knowledge of a variety of legal subjects across a broad spectrum from criminal law, to competition law, property and human rights law. It is suited to those looking for an advanced legal education but who do not wish to focus on a single branch of law.
Why choose the School of Law at the University of Limerick?
The School of Law, University of Limerick is a department of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and was recently crowned the ‘AIB Irish Law School of the Year 2017’.
We at the School of Law have a long tradition of committing ourselves to developing the transferrable skills of students. Our initiatives in this regard (mooting, project work with community partners etc) 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. It is not surprising therefore that our graduates, national and international, 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.
We are 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. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students enjoy international education and work placement opportunities, in Europe, the USA, Canada and China.
We also 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.
Why choose the Master of Laws LLM General:
The LLM General degree at the University of Limerick has an outstanding reputation both nationally and internationally. It is the ‘GradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year in Law for 2018’. The judges’ feedback on the LLM General spoke to the quality of the programme: ‘Excellent course with fantastic stakeholder collaborations and a strong focus on employability’.
The LLM Master of Laws General programme is a model of excellence in preparing students for an enriching, challenging and rewarding career both within the legal profession and beyond. At the core of this degree’s success, is its accommodation, not only of a diverse suite of highly innovative, research-led, law modules, but also its incorporation of a unique practice-orientated, employer-led, ‘Mastering Your Employability’ (MYE) module.
It is suited to those looking for an advanced legal education but who do not wish to focus on a single branch of law. Following their interests, LLM General students can design their own degree to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of specialised and advanced topics, availing all the while of the nationally- and internationally-recognised expertise of School of Law faculty.
For details of our other LLMs, LLM in International Commercial Law and LLM/MA in Human Rights in Criminal Justice, see: http://ulsites.ul.ie/law/sites/default/files/School%20of%20Law_Single%20Page%20Brochure_2016.pdf
Entry to the programme is on a competitive basis. Second class honours in an undergraduate law degree is a minimum requirement. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience
This degree can be taken on a full time or a part time basis. Full time students complete the programme over a period of 12 months by taking four modules in both the autumn and spring semesters, before completing a dissertation during the summer semester. Part- time students complete the programme over a 24 month period by taking two modules in both the autumn and spring semesters of each year, before completing a dissertation in the summer semester of the second year. The module selection for each semester will be by agreement with the Course Director.
The topic for a student’s dissertation is determined during the spring semester, supervised by a faculty member, and submitted at the end of the summer semester.
|Autumn Semester||Spring Semester||Summer Semester|
|LA6001 Advanced Legal Research Skills
Three Electives From*
LA6031 Law of International Trade Organisations
LA6021 Law of International Business Associations
LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law
LA6011 International Business Transactions
LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing
LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights
LA6051 Penology and Victimology
LM6162 Regulatory Crime
LA6061 Contemporary Challenges in Medical Law and Ethics
|LA6002 Dissertation Methodology
Three Electives From*
LA6022 Counter Terrorism Law and International Business
LA6032 Global Competition Law
LA6042 International Labour Law
LA6062 Comparative & European Criminal Justice
LA6102 Law of Credit and Security
LA6112 International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
LA6132 International Criminal Law
LA6142 Policing and Human Rights
LA6082 International Perspectives on Property Law
LA 6072 International Tort Law and Business
LA6172 Advanced Family Law: Standpoint and Rights-Based Perspectives
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
A second class honours in an undergraduate law degree or in another primary degree in which the legal component accounts for at least 50% of the whole programme (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) will be required for enrolment on this Masters programme. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):
Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
- Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
- Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
- TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
- IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
- English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
- GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
- Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
- GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.
Hanagh Byrne, LLM General, Class of 2016/2017 "I recently completed the LLM (General) at the School of Law, University of Limerick. Having received my undergraduate BCL degree from University College Cork, I was eager to reap the benefits which a different third level institution would be able to offer for my postgraduate studies. The University of Limerick was highly recommended by both my peers and family members and I therefore decided to pursue my studies as a student of UL. I thoroughly enjoyed the LLM (General) course. I appreciated the flexibility of module choice and the breadth of the course which enabled me to pursue my strengths and interests in different areas of law. The faculty remained enthusiastic and attentive throughout the year and always made the time to provide both academic and personal support as needed. The course also offered extra professional development modules on Mastering your Employability. These modules helped ensure that we remained focused throughout the year as to our future career goals and provided a valuable insight for students on many aspects of career development. I am now undertaking a tax traineeship with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and will be forever grateful for the contribution which the LLM (General) and the School of Law, University of Limerick, have made to my academic career."
Abdlwahab Al Mobayed, LLM General, Class of 2016/2017 "Studying a Master of Laws at the University of Limerick was one of the best chances I have ever had. It was honestly greater than I expected. It built the skills I need to succeed in my future career, not to mention the self-confidence I have gained. The LLM General course has given me the skills and knowledge for a successful career and has increased my ability to present myself, my skills, my knowledge and my experience effectively. I found the Professional Development modules which focused on developing students’ employability to be especially helpful. However, more than anything, the School of Law School is the perfect, friendly, environment for international students. I felt there were no barriers between lecturers and students. I can't forget the warm welcome we received in the first week and the meetings we had with Professor Kilcommins and Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan. I had a wonderful experience!"