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Law LLB (Graduate Entry)

Course Details

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Luke Danagher
Address:
School of Law, University of Limerick
Email:
luke.danagher@ul.ie

Brief Description

The LLB (Graduate Entry) is a two-year, full-time programme (level 8, NQAI) that provides a legal education for graduates in disciplines other than law.  The programme is ideally suited to graduates who wish to supplement their primary studies with a legal education or to graduates who are seeking a career change. The programme is also available to graduates who have studied law in a country where the legal system is not a common law system, i.e. the dominant system in countries including Ireland, England and Wales, Australia, and the United States of America.

It may be possible to gain exemptions for Year 1 of the programme if the core law modules covered in Year 1 have been covered in the applicant’s primary degree. This would result in the applicant being accepted into Year 2 of the programme. Decisions are based on a case-by-case basis by the Course Director.

Undergraduate Admissions
Tel:061-202015

The LLB (Graduate Entry) programme is a two year full-time programme specifically designed to provide a legal education to graduates in disciplines other than law. Graduates from any discipline other than law may apply and no prior legal knowledge is necessary. Entry is competitive, and the minimum entry requirement is a 2nd class honours grade 2 Level 8 undergraduate degree.

The programme is ideally suited to graduates who wish to supplement their primary studies with a legal education or to graduates who are seeking a career change. The programme is also available to graduates who have studied law in a country where the legal system is not a common law system, i.e. the dominant system in countries including Ireland, England and Wales, Australia, and the United States of America.

All law subjects required by the Irish professional bodies, the Law Society and the Kings Inns, are covered in full over the course of this programme.

On successful completion of the programme, candidates are awarded an LLB degree. It may be possible to gain exemptions for Year 1 of the programme if the core law modules covered in Year 1 have been covered in the applicant’s primary degree. This would result in the applicant being accepted into Year 2 of the programme. Decisions are based on a case-by-case basis by the Course Director. 

Contact

Course Director

Dr. Laura Donnellan
Department: School of Law
Email:  laura.donnellan@ul.ie
Tel:  353-61-213247
Web: www.law.ul.ie

 

 

 

 

 

In each semester students take five modules; each module is taught through lectures (two per module per week), and generally a tutorial for each module is held every fortnight. Graduate Entry students attend lectures with the undergraduate law students. Five core modules are taken in the first semester of year 1; three core modules are taken in the second semester, together with two electives. In the second year, students choose five elective modules in each semester.

Year 1
Semester 1
  • LA4211 Criminal Law 1
  • LA4430 Constitutional Law 
  • LA4111 Contract Law 1
  • LA4001 Legal Systems & Methods
  • LA4310 Law of Torts 1

These modules are taken in Year 1 of the programme for those who are enrolled in the two year programme. For students thats have been granted an exemption for Year 1, for example, graduates of the BA in Criminal Justice, these three modules (Contract Law 1 & 2 and Law of Torts1) are taken in Year 2 of the programme. These three modules are also required for Kings Inns. Students are not permitted to take the same module twice, if a module is taken twice, the student will be precluded from graduations and will be required to take on an extra module iun order to complete the necessary credits.

Semester 2
  • LA4222 Criminal Law 2
  • LA4440 Constitutional Law 2
  • LA4122 Contract Law 2
  • Elective Module 1
  • Elective Module 2

Elective Modules to be taken from the following:

LA4320 Law of Torts 2, LA4922 Sport and The Law, LA4040 Law of Evidence, LA4012 Comparative Legal Systems, LA4042 Administrative Law, LA4002 Jurisprudence, LA4036 Intellectual Property Law.

Elective subjects required for entry to the Kings Inn if interested in a career at the Bar.

Elective Modules to be taken from the following:

LA4320 Law of Torts 2, LA4922 Sport and The Law, LA4040 Law of Evidence, LA4012 Comparative Legal Systems, LA4042 Administrative Law, LA4002 Jurisprudence, LA4036 Intellectual Property Law.

Elective subjects required for entry to the Kings Inn if interested in a career at the Bar.

Year 2
Semester 3 Semester 4
Choose 5 electives from the following
  • LA4033 Law of European Union 1
  • LA4310 Law of Torts 1
  • LA4530 Company Law 1
  • LA4820 Equity and Trusts 1
  • LA4610 Land Law 1
  • LA4111 Contract Law 1
  • Final Year Project
Choose 5 electives from the following (not to include electives taken in Semestr 2 of Year 1)
  • LA4320 Law of Torts 2
  • LA4540 Company Law 2
  • LA4828 Equity and the Law of Trusts 2
  • LA4620 Land Law 2
  • LA4122 Contract Law 2
  • Final Year Project

 Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Primary degree or equivalent in a discipline other than law (Primary Degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Places on the programme are limited and entry is competitive.
Please note that this is a level 8 qualification (undergraduate).

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), 213 (computer based), 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* for Business, Arts, Humanities or Education programmes. Minimum score of 6.0* for Science, Engineering, Informatics or Electronics programmes *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
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • 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.
 

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Graduate Testimonials

Gillian Bourke, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP "I graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Laws in 2008 and went on to pursue a Master of Laws (Commercial) at the University College Dublin in 2009. I trained in Arthur Cox, Dublin and upon my qualification in 2013, joined the firm’s Corporate Group. After working in Arthur Cox for a further three years, I moved to the London office of Latham & Watkins where I am currently a corporate associate with a practice focused on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and general corporate matters.

Studying law at the University of Limerick prepares one well for a variety of marketplace careers, as students are offered the opportunity to obtain invaluable exposure to the skills, knowledge, and support of some of the top legal academics in the country. From a personal perspective, the programme offered me exposure to an extensive amount of legal theory; an experience which equipped me with a solid understanding of, and ever-developing interest in, law. It also equipped me with the ability to adapt quickly to new situations, methodologies, and subject matters, as well as perform effectively under pressure. To this day, the skills that I acquired during my degree help me to provide clients with creative legal solutions to complex challenges."