Course Overview

Students undertaking the LLM (General) will have the flexibility to choose from the range of modules on offer across the School of Law, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Centre for Disability Law and Policy.  Such choice enhances employability as students can select modules that will enable them to pursue their personal career goals.

The programme is designed for students seeking an advanced postgraduate degree but who do not wish to specialise in a particular area of law.

 Course Highlights:

  • A Tailored Masters which facilitates module choice across the School of Law and research centres to maximise students opportunity to pursue personal career goals. 
  • Expert Lecturers deliver this programme through small group seminars with guest talks from leading practitioners.  Students also have the opportunity to attend and present at key conferences, nationally and internationally.
  • International Field Trips enable students to see the law in action in a global context.
  • Skills development is an important element of this programme with seminars focusing on critical thinking, analytical skills, research skills and professional writing skills.
  • 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.
  • Diverse Modules from EU Competition Law, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Current Issues in Internet Law to Sentencing and Penal Policy. 
  • Personalised Thesis provides students the opportunity to identify a thesis topic based on an area of law that interests them and furthers their specific career goals.
  • Assessment is primarily through research papers, presentations and minor thesis rather than exams.

LLM Welcome

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System. Entry to the course is based on academic achievement as set out above and a personal statement. On occasions, interviews may also be carried out to determine the applicant’s suitability for the course. Places will be allocated on a conditional basis pending receipt of all required and verified supporting documentation.

Who Teaches this Course

  • Dr. Eoin Daly
  • Mr. Larry Donnelly
  • Dr. Conor Hanly
  • Dr. Padraic Kenna
  • Prof. Donncha O'Connell
  • Dr. Charles O'Mahony
  • Mr. Tom O'Malley
  • Dr. Shivaun Quinlivan
  • Dr. Ciara Smyth
  • Dr. Connie Healy
  • Dr. Lucy-Ann Buckley
  • Ms Caterina Gardiner
  • Dr Connie Healy
  • Ms Anna-Louise Hinds,
  •  Dr Padraic Kenna
  • Dr Rónán Kennedy
  • Dr Maureen O’Sullivan
  •  Dr Shivaun Quinlivan
  • Dr Brian Tobin
  • Dr Ioanna Tourkochoriti
  • Ms Ursula Connolly 

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

The criteria for admission to this Programme is as follows:

  • An approved Second Class Honours Degree, Grade 1 (2.1, Level 8) in law, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component.
  • Applicants awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law may be considered but will be admitted only where they demonstrate a strong academic performance in both the undergraduate degree and diploma.
  • In exceptional circumstances, an applicant holding a degree in another discipline or a degree of less than an approved Second Class Honours Degree, Grade 1 (H2.1) standard may be considered where they have relevant professional experience in law.
  • All applicants, whose first language is not English, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language. IELTS (6.5 overall), TOEFL (8) and Pearson PTE (61).
  • International students should refer to the country specific information section of the International Office website:

Additional Requirements


1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

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NFQ level


Mode of study


ECTS weighting




Course code

ML28 (full-time); ML29 (part-time)

Course Outline

Semester 1      3 modules (30 ECTS)
Semester 2      3 modules (30 ECTS)
Semester 3       (Summer) Minor Thesis (30 ECTS)

  • Advanced Legal Research & Method
  • Child and Family Law
  • Sentencing & Penal Policy
  • The Criminal Jury
  • Advanced Intellectual Property Law
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Current Issues in Internet Law
  • EU Competition Law
  • European Consumer Law and Policy
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
  • European Human Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Disability and International Law
  • Inclusive Education Law and Policy
  • Mental Health Law and Policy

 Students are required to complete a minor thesis (15,000 words). The thesis allows students to conduct supervised research in an area of their choosing. Students will receive support and guidance from their supervisor on how to identify a research topic, conducting the research and writing up the minor thesis.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The LLM (General) is of particular interest to students who wish to gain expertise in a specific area of law without having to limit their options.  With the exception of undertaking a module in Advanced Legal Research and Writing, students have flexibility to tailor the programme according to their particular interests and their chosen career path.

Many students decide to undertake the professional exams to become a solicitor of barrister.  Others choose to work in the public sector, non-government organisations, pursue their interests in human rights or disability law, proceed to a PhD or perhaps enter the field of politics, journalism or publishing.

Who’s Suited to This Course

3 reasons to choose this course: 

  1. Students will have flexibility to ‘ tailor’ their LL.M by choosing from the wide range of Masters modules on offer across the School of Law, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Centre for Disability Law and Policy.
  2. Students undertaking this programme will develop critical thinking skills, legal research and legal writing skills.
  3. This programme allows students to choose modules that best meet  their specific interests and career goals.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€6,776 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2019/20
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.  Postgraduate fee breakdown = tuition (EU or NON EU) + student levy as outlined above.

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Dr Connie Healy, Programme Director
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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2019

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  • School of Law Postgraduate Prospectus 2019

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  • LLM (General) brochure

    LLM (General) brochure PDF (1MB)