Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The LLB is a graduate-level primary degree in law. Entry to the programme is restricted to university graduates who have achieved at least second class honours (a grade B average). The programme is designed to prepare graduates to work as legal professionals or in a law-related environment. Students will have the opportunity to study all the traditional core law modules as well as to tailor their programme to their own individual aspirations.

A distinctive feature of the LLB programme at NUI Galway is the emphasis that we place on the development of legal skills. All students are required to take a course on Legal Research and Methods and in their second and third years will be required to produce extended research papers. Further, students have the option of pursuing an independent research project under the close supervision of a faculty member. The School offers senior students the opportunity to participate in a competitive Moot Court competition and also allows final year students to take part in the most well-established clinical legal education programme in Ireland.

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Applications to the LLB programme should be made through the Postgraduate Application Centre. For more information, please visit the LLB course page. Please note that applications are free for non-EU applicants. Applicants for the LLB programme should have a university degree in any discipline with the equivalent of at least 2nd class honours (i.e., i.e., B/2.5+ GPA).

Transferability to Hong Kong

Most lawyers in Hong Kong will qualify through passing the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL).  To sit the PCLL examination, candidates must:

  • hold a law degree from Hong Kong or from a common law jurisdiction,
  • demonstrate competence in 11 core subjects
  • demonstrate competence in 3 Hong Kong-based subjects.

Graduates from the School of Law at NUI Galway will hold a degree from a common law jurisdiction, and will have the opportunity to study 9 of the 11 core subjects.  Graduates will have to sit Conversion Examinations in the other 2 core subjects and the 3 Hong Kong-based subjects.

For more information, see New Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, effective from 2008, available at