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Public Law (LLM, full-time or part-time)
LLM (Public Law)—full-time and part-time
College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
The LL.M in Public Law suite of programmes examines emerging and topical issues in public law from a comparative and international perspective. The programmes will be of interest to students who have completed their primary law degree as well as legal practitioners, public servants and others seeking to develop or update their knowledge of public law and legalresearchskills. The LL.M in Public Law has been successfully running for 10 years.
Students may be awarded the degree of LL.M in Public Law or can opt for a specialised denomination by taking specific optional modules. The specialisations are:
- LL.M in Public Law & Criminal Justice,
- LL.M in Public Law & Social Justice or
- LL.M in Public Law & Administration.
Applicants must have a degree in Law (Honours 2.1 or higher) or an interdisciplinary degree which includes a substantial law component (Honours 2:1 or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances applicants who hold a degree other than a law degree and who have relevant education and/or professional experience in law may be considered.
1 year, full-time
2 years, part-time
Next start date: September 2015
Average intake: 25
Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.
The School of Law has a strong commitment to working closely with students on the LL.M in Public Law and forging friendly and open working relationships. You will be supported to develop a range of skills and knowledge. Teaching is exclusively through small group seminars. Seminars are designed to facilitate informed discussion of the different readings assigned in advance. Examination of the modules is through essay and there are nowritten examinations. Modules are also assessed using oral presentation, written submissions to public bodies and by moot court exercises etc.
In addition to seminars the Law School will encourage you to learn by attending legal conferences and seminars and by engaging with public law through participating in the NUI Galway Free Legal Advice Society. The School of Law has strong connections with civil society, public interest groups and the different institutions of government, meaning that students of the LL.M in Public Law benefit from
a programme of guest seminars where leading experts share their knowledge on topical and emerging issues in public law.
In the full-time mode students must take all of the mandatory modules listed below and the dissertation, as well as choosing two optional modules in each semester. In the part-time mode students take the two mandatory modules and one optional module per semester in the first year, and in the second year take one optional module each semester as well as writing a minor thesis.
Foundational Courses (Mandatory):
- Advanced Legal Research and Methods
- Law, Regulation and Policy
- Minor Thesis
- Activism, Advocacy and Public Interest Law
- Comparative Criminal Process
- Contemporary Issues in Law and Society
- Disability Law: Contemporary Law Reform Challenges in the National and International Sphere
- Equality Law: Principles and Thematic Application
- Immigration Law: Between Sovereignty and Equality
- Local Government Law
- Minors, Minority Groups and the Criminal Justice System
- Processes of Law Reform
- Sentencing and Penal Policy
- The Criminal Jury
- Theories of Judicial Activism
Applications and selections
Who teaches this course?
Dr. Eoin Daly
Dr. Ciara Smyth
Dr. Conor Hanly
Prof. Donncha O'Connell
Prof. Gerard Quinn
Mr. Larry Donnelly
Dr. Ioanna Tourkochoriti
Dr. Mary Keys
Dr. Padraic Kenna
Ms. Shivaun Quinlivan
Mr. Tom O'Malley
Requirements and assessment
Find out more
Download the newly updated LLM in Public Law brochure. For more information on the programme and an overview of some of the distinctive and diverse courses on offer on the LL.M in Public Law please visit our YouTube account.
Contact the Programme Directors:
Dr Charles O’Mahony
T: +353 91 494 391
Dr Eoin Daly
T: +353 91 493 362
The LL.M in Public Law favourably situates students to pursue a career as solicitors or barristers or to pursue a variety of other job opportunities. Graduates go on to work in private practice in large commercial law firms or working in the public sector. The programme provides excellent opportunities for students not wishing to practice law to pursue alternative careers in law. Graduates of the LL.M in Pubic Law have secured positions as legal researchers with the Law Reform Commission, Attorney General’s Office, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Court Service. Graduates also secure positions with leading national and international law firms and a range of other employers.
The LL.M in Public Law is of interest to students interested in a career in academia. Graduates of the programme have secured funding to pursue Ph.D research in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US and are now working in universities around the world. Students on the LL.M in Public Law use the programme to identify topics for doctoral research. Students of the LL.M have been successfully in securing funding for Ph.D research from the Irish Research Council, the NUI Travelling Scholarship and from international funders in Europe and the United States.
For further graduate testimonials please consult the LLM in Public Law brochure.
One of the unique aspects of the LL.M in Public Law is that students on the programme have the opportunity to take up funded international internships during the summer. The scholarships are open to all students enrolled on the LL.M in Public Law and are awarded on the basis of an application and interview. Students have completed internships with the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre in Budapest, JUSTICE in London and the Court of Appeal in the Seychelles.
In addition, students of the LL.M in Public Law have been successful in securing national internships with the Courts Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, PILA, FLAC and solicitors’ firms.
LLM (Public Law) part-time student
"I always had an interest in furthering my academic career but thought it would be impossible due to my position as a partner in a busy solicitor's office. The two year(part time) LL.M program offered by NUI Galway was the answer to my prayers. The way the program is designed allows me to attend college and study while continuing my role as a solicitor and the fact that the course is spread over the two years made this possible. I have found the course itself interesting, stimulating and challenging. As a student returning to NUI Galway after twenty two years I was nervous and unsure but the friendly and helpful faculty staff soon put me at my ease. I am enjoying the course hugely and have found that my experience of life and my life as a solicitor has given me a greater understanding and appreciation for the course."
"The decision to do the LL.M in Public Law was one of the best I have ever made. The programme was extraordinarily fulfilling, enjoyable and challenging. The course is tremendous and brilliantly put together. I was particularly impressed with the dynamic team of experts teaching on the programme. They provided me with uncomplicated guidance, support, encouragement and no-nonsense expertise. The LL.M presented me with a unique opportunity to grapple with topical issues of practical importance in public law. It has also given me an ability to critically appraise the problems, which arise for law and policymakers in this extremely important area. In my view, this course provides an ideal foundation for students and practitioners interested in the theory, substance and application of public law.”