Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
1 Year Full-Time OR 2 Years Part-Time
NFQ Level 9 Major Award
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Taught, Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan
Address: School of Law Email: Telephone: +353 61 202533

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Brief Description

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?           

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, ‘Professional Development" 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:

Entry requirements:

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

LA6071 Advanced Constitutional Law; Judicial Power and Constitutional Interpretation


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

LA4052 Criminology

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

  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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Full Time: 

EU - €7,486

Non- EU - €16,902

Part Time:

EU - €4,052 per annum

Non- EU - €9,092 per annum

Further information on fees and payment of fees is available from the Student Fees Office website. All fee related queries should be directed to the Student Fees Office (Phone: +353 61 213 007 or email

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

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!"

Damian Clancy

Damian P. Clancy LL.B, LL.M, Post Grad Dip (Law), Solicitor (Eng & Wales), MCIArb

I returned to study having spent over twenty years working in the legal profession as a solicitor and arbitrator in family law.  It was while attending an online lecture given by a current PhD candidate, as a guest lecturer, that I was introduced to UL.  I found the LL.M (General) course details online and discovered that it offered an advanced family law module and from that moment I realised, having always wanted to do a masters degree, that this was where I wanted to study.  The other modules available on the course were on subjects which were equally diverse and stimulated my interests, especially those involving human rights.  The breadth of my research, the intellectual dialogues with fellow students on topics I had never before explored or discussed and the ability for me to challenge myself was simply awe-inspiring.  The course allowed me to take custody of my studies and in particular my writing, to delve deeply into those topics which piqued and challenged my curiosity and my aptitude as a writer/researcher.  The support on the course and the amazing facilities at UL, especially the library, are world class.  I would strongly recommend anyone to consider applying.  My studies have encouraged me to pursue a PhD in Family Law at UL where I have not only expanded my research but also my abilities as a teacher, writer, communicator, facilitator and every day brings new challenges and exciting insights.  I am having a fantastic journey at UL and would invite anyone who has ever thought about doing it to stop thinking and just do it! 

Nawar Asaad

Nawar Asaad, Graduate of LLM Law General, UL – I am a current PhD candidate at the School of Law. I found that studying  postgraduate LL.M General at UL suites my needs. The LLM general enabled me to study modules that developed my lawyering and research skills in a multi-jurisdictional setting. The unique thing about the program is the communication between the lecturers and students. From day one, the lecturers on the programme have been so supportive and are always quick to get back to me if I have any issues or questions. I can say that Master’s Degree from UL has enhanced my confidence to apply for PhD.


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