Course Overview

The LLM (General) is one of a suite of LLM programmes offered by the School of Law at NUI Galway. This LLM can be taken on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It is a taught programme designed to give students complete flexibility in their selecton of modules and topic for their minor thesis. The LLM (General) programme allows students to select modules to suit their own interests and facilitate their specific career objectives. Students can select modules from the full range available for taught LLM programmes offered within the School of Law, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy. This 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: http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/country.html

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

15

Closing Date

Please view the offer rounds website.

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

Award

LLM

CAO

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.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Optional LW561: Mental Health Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW566: Immigration Law: between sovereignty and equality - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW553: Inclusive Education Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW551: Contemporary Challenges in Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW509: Universal Environments - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW562: Regional Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW558: Legal Capacity Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW556: Law and Policy on Independent Living - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW550: Advocacy and Access to Justice - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW508: Minors, Minority Groups & the Criminal Justice System - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW575: Crime and Disorder - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5201: EU Competition Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5202: Internet Regulation: International Trends and Topical Issues - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5203: Advanced Comparative Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5204: International Commercial Property Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5205: Advanced Intellectual Property Law and Development - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5206: Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5207: International Business Law Moot - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5208: European Consumer Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5209: Legal Skills: Commercial Practice, Advocacy and Dispute Resolution - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5210: Commercial Law in Context - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5108: Contemporary Issues in Child and Family Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW484: Law, Regulation & Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW451: Introduction To International Human Rights Law - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5105: Contemporary Issues in International Migration Law - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5106: Economic Social and Cultural Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW5107: International Child Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW552: Foundational Theoretical Framework in Disability Law and Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Optional LW496: Local Government Law - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW493: The Criminal Jury - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW491: Equality Law: Principles & Thematic Application - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW488: Processes of Law Reform - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW486: Theories of Judical Activism - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW485: Sentencing & Penal Policy - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW439: Advocacy, Activism and Public Interest Law - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW483: Advanced Legal Research & Method - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW531: Introduction to Public International Law I - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW520: Introduction to International Criminal Law - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW469: International Peace Support Operations - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW494: Refugee Protection:Refugees and Asylum Seekers (A) - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW470: Conflict & Post Conflict Studies - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW432: Business & Human Rights 1 - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW456: Gender And Human Rights - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW471: International Humanitarian Law - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW538: Transitional Justice - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW417: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights II - 10 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW525: Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW546: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights III - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW455: Minority Rights - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW530: Procedure Before International Criminal Courts - Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW385: European Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Optional LW475: Field Experience Assignment - 15 Credits - Semester 2
Required LW450: Dissertation - 30 Credits - Semester 2

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. Rather than have to take set modules, students have the flexibility to tailor the programme for the particular area of law that they wish to work in and, thus, enhance their employability.

The School of Law runs a programme of careers events annually, including a Careers in Law Week, which gives students have an opportunity to meet partners from leading law firms and attend interview skills workshops. All modules are taught by experts in the field who will also be in a position to guide students towards opportunities that may arise for further research, internships or roles that may be of interest to them.

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

€7,300 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Tuition

€7,076 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2020/21

Fees: Non EU

€16,500 p.a. 2020/21

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.

Find out More

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Dr Connie Healy, Programme Director
T: +353 91 493 341
E: connie.healy@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/law

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  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)

  • School of Law Postgraduate Prospectus 2019

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  • LLM (General) brochure

    LLM (General) brochure PDF (1MB)