Course Overview

Law impacts on all aspects of life today, and the LLB provides you with an excellent basis for a career as a practising lawyer, as well as in other fields such as administration, business, the media and social work. The LLB is also excellent preparation for work in a legal advisory capacity in the private or public sector.

New two-year LLB

Take the fast track to a career in law with the NEW two-year LLB. View the course outline section for full details.

 Course highlights:

  • Provides a route to qualifying as a lawyer for graduates from any discipline.
  • Students in the final year of the three year and four year LLB have the opportunity to apply for a clinical placement. A limited number of clinical placements are available with law firms, barristers, and a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations working to promote the public interest.
  • Skills development is an important element of this programme with a focus on critical thinking, analytical ability and professional writing skills.
  • Students who take the three year or four year LLB can tailor the programme by choosing modules that interest them or will further their career goals.
  • The accredited programme offers all the subjects currently required for the entrance examinations to the legal professions (solicitors and barristers) in Ireland.
  • Moot court provides an opportunity for students to develop skills such as advocacy, research and legal analysis skills. 
  • Expert lecturers deliver this programme. Students also attend guest seminars from prominent practitioners, academics and judges.
  • Diverse modules range from European Union Competition Law, Intellectual Property Law, Consumer Law to Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law.  
  • Career support is provided through professional workshops concentrating on students’ CV and interview skills.  Careers in Law Week also provides an opportunity to meet partners from leading law firms.

LLM Welcome

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

End-of-term exams and continuous assessment.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the LLB Programme is an approved Level 8 degree in any discipline at Second Class Honours level or above (a 2.2 degree). In certain circumstances, an approved professional qualification or experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. Those holding a relevant practical law degree or who have studied law modules at third level may be granted appropriate exemptions.

Information for NUI Galway Students Applying for the LLB

BA (Joint Honours) in Law GY101 and BA CONNECT 

BA (Joint Honours in Law) GY101 and BA CONNECT graduates who have passed their final year exams and who have completed 70 credits of law modules can progress to final year of the three-year LLB. Graduates who meet these requirements will be made an offer for the LLB by the School of Law in early summer, so do not need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.

BA Connect graduates with 35 credits of law modules and who have achieved at least a 2.2 grade in their degree may progress into 2nd year of the three-year LLB but will need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.

BA in Human Rights

BA in Human Rights graduates who have completed 35 credits worth of either law and/or human rights modules and who have achieved at least a 2.2 grade in their degree may progress into 2nd year of the three-year LLB but will need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.

BA Government (Politics, Economics and Law)

BA Government (Politics, Economics and Law) graduates with a major in law (70 credits of law modules) and who have passed their final year exams will be admitted directly to the final year of the three-year LLB programme. Graduates who meet these requirements will be made an offer for the LLB by the School of Law in early summer so do not need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.

BA Government (Politics, Economics and Law) graduates with a minor in law (at least 35 credits of law modules) and who have achieved at least a 2.2 grade in their degree are eligible to enter 2nd year of the three year LLB but will need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.

BA (Public and Social Policy)

BA (Public and Social Policy) graduates who have completed at least 35 credits of law modules and who have achieved at least a 2.2 grade in their degree are eligible to enter 2nd year of the three-year LLB but will need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.

B Comm

B Comm graduates with 35 credits of Law modules (though not necessarily in the Law stream) and who have achieved at least a 2.2 grade in their degree are eligible to enter 2nd year of the three-year LLB but will need to apply through the online postgraduate application system.


Additional Requirements

Duration

2 years full-time, 3 years full-time, 4 years part-time (daytime classes only for all programme versions)

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

Course code

1BOL1, 2 years; 1BL1, 3 years; 1BL2, 4 years

Course Outline

The LLB offers all the subjects currently required for the entrance examinations to the legal professions (solicitors and barristers) in Ireland. Furthermore, by choosing certain subjects, students can also become eligible for exemptions in relation to entry to the legal professions in England and Wales. In addition, all students are required to take a core module designed to equip them with critical legal research, writing and presentation skills.

The programme is offered during daytime hours and may be taken over:

  • Two years, full-time (120 credits)
  • Three years, full-time (180 credits), wide range of optional modules
  • Four years, part-time (180 credits), wide range of optional modules

The three year and four year versions of the programme give students the opportunity to tailor their studies to their own requirements, by choosing from a wide range of optional modules.

Module details for the 2 year programme

Module details for the three-year programme

Module details for the four-year programme

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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates today run successful practices as solicitors or barristers. Other graduates have found employment and advanced their careers in a variety of areas, such as administration, financial services, business, the media, policy development and social work. We have successful alumni in all walks of life all over the world.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,916 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€6,776 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€15,416 p.a. 2021/22

1BL2 (4 year programme). 
EU fee €5,187 p.a.   NON EU fee €15,416 p.a.

Find out More

Dr Rónán Kennedy (Programme Director)
T: +353 91 495 626
E: ronan.m.kennedy@nuigalway.ie

Queries about this and other postgraduate programmes in the School of Law can also be directed to lawpostgrad@nuigalway.ie.


What Our Students Say

Natalie

Natalie Dillon |   LLB graduate

Following my Arts degree I was unsure of what career path to choose. As I have always had an interest in Law and how it works I chose the LLB. The programme is well structured and the quality of teaching is outstanding. The genuine interest lecturers have in the subjects they teach translates into very engaging and informative lecturers which encourage students to think critically about issues, an invaluable tool in any area of life. Completing the NUI Galway LLB programme was fundamental to my choice of pursuing a career in law.

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2022

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  • School of Law postgraduate prospectus 2019

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