Course Overview

This programme provides an excellent grounding in business law, for those interested in pursuing a career in legal practice or in the commercial world. Students can choose from a range of modules at an advanced level and tailor their LLM to suit their interests and career plans. As a student of this course, you will expand your knowledge of business law from a national, regional and international perspective. Modules range from diverse options such as EU Competition Law, Advanced Intellectual Property Law, and European Consumer Law to Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law. This programme provides students with an opportunity to engage with leading commercial practitioners to develop their legal expertise and skills in business law.

 LLM Welcome

 

Applications and Selections

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 Lucy-Ann Buckley
  • Ms Ursula Connolly
  • 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

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

An approved Second Class Honours Degree, Grade 1 (2.1) 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 if they demonstrate a strong academic performance in both the undergraduate degree and diploma.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25

Closing Date

Please see www.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/closingdates for information.

NFQ level

9

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

LLM

CAO

Course code

ML26 (full-time); ML27 (part-time)

Course Outline

Semester 1          3 modules (30 ECTS)
Semester 2          3 modules (30 ECTS)
Semester 3          Commercial Legal Placement (30 ECTS) or (Summer) Minor Thesis

  • Advanced Intellectual Property Law and Development Commercial Law in Practice
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Current Issues in Internet Law
  • EU Competition Law
  • European Consumer Law and Policy
  • Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law
  • Moot Court (Business Law)
  • Skills in Commercial Practice / Dispute Resolution

A limited number of places are available for ‘Commercial Legal Placements’, which allow students to work in a leading commercial law firm over the summer as an alternative to the minor thesis. Selection of students for ‘Commercial Legal Placement’ is competitive and is decided upon the basis of an application and interview.

Those not undertaking the placement are required to  complete a minor thesis (15,000 words)  over the summer months. The thesis allows students to conduct supervised research in an area of business law 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 which will be due for submission mid-July.

 

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.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required LW450: Dissertation


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW450: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5200: Commercial Legal Placement


12 months long | Credits: 30


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5200: "Commercial Legal Placement" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5201: EU Competition Law


12 months long | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5201: "EU Competition Law" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5202: Internet Regulation: International Trends and Topical Issues


12 months long | Credits: 10

The rapid development and deployment of internet technology was initially widely seen as a force for good. However, significant public policy issues, such as cyber bullying, hate speech, and state surveillance, have led to a growing acceptance of the need to regulate internet activity. In the meantime, the internet has become pervasive, and the reach of the internet and technology into all aspects of our lives has raised significant challenges. Many individuals now rely on internet-connected devices in their roles as citizens or consumers, routinely using desktop and mobile devices for routine activities, interacting with embedded software in cars and other elements of infrastructure, and being recorded in massive databases controlled by both public and private actors. As a result, we are enmeshed in a complex network of interactions between technology, law, and public policy issues which are difficult to manage and regulate. This module explores a number of key themes arising from these challenges: the emergence of regulation by non-state actors; the development of regulatory responses to reflect the nature of internet activity; and the reshaping of legal concepts and associated legal protection as a result of the way in which users engage with technology. These themes will be explored through an examination of key legal areas. The particular topics to be considered may change as new issues emerge, but an indicative initial list includes e-contracting; data protection and privacy; and online speech (including defamation, harassment and non-consensual pornography).
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5202: "Internet Regulation: International Trends and Topical Issues" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5203: Advanced Comparative Law


12 months long | Credits: 10

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the study of comparative law and to the ways in which the differences in the regulation of many similar activities reflects the dominant political ideologies that affect the understanding and the application of the law. Learning how foreign legal systems regulate a number of activities is essential to contemporary legal practice due to the transnational character of cases under litigation in a global context. Ultimately students will be able to reflect critically upon the differences in the legal regulation and legal processes. They will gain insights on how these differences can be mutually instructive in view of resolving common problems. Comparative law is a method of approaching the law, a skill necessary to contemporary lawyers as it enhances critical thinking and promotes their understanding of the need to implement basic ideas of justice in their practice.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5203: "Advanced Comparative Law" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5204: International Commercial Property Law


12 months long | Credits: 10

The course provides an introduction to key topics in commercial property law. The first such course in Ireland, it is designed to provide students with the essential conceptual and practical tools necessary to contextualise and understand commercial property law, in Ireland in European and in its global context. The integration of property finance global financial instruments places this topic at the centre of the change in the world.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5204: "International Commercial Property Law" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5205: Advanced Intellectual Property Law and Development


12 months long | Credits: 10

This course examines and analyses international laws and rules in relation to intellectual property which impact on economies and livelihoods in least developed, developing and developed countries. It will scrutinise the roles played in international intellectual property/trade law by institutes such as the WTO, WIPO and the WHO. It will also consider the activities of international NGOs and their influence over the enforcement of intellectual property rights. This course will consider the groundswell of political participation in developing countries, its extension in the developed world and its potential for reform of international institutions. It adopts a critical approach to the current status quo and examines participatory and deliberative models of democracy. It is a holistic approach to the subject(s) and is, of its nature, interdisciplinary (crossing boundaries between law, economics, political science, sociology and philosophy).
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5205: "Advanced Intellectual Property Law and Development" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5206: Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law


12 months long | Credits: 10

This module examines key issues of global relevance in contemporary labour law, from a theoretical, practical and comparative perspective. Changes in labour market conditions and employment practices present a range of challenges of international relevance, in both developed and developing countries. These challenges include the rise of precarious work and the gig economy, the vindication of the right to work, the recognition of unpaid work, and broad issues of inclusion and worker protection, particularly for historically vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. This module draws on a range of theoretical perspectives to address these issues under four broad headings: the changing face of work and associated regulatory challenges; global trends in labour protection; global approaches to anti-discrimination law; and the inclusive labour market.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5206: "Global Issues in Contemporary Labour Law" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5207: International Business Law Moot


12 months long | Credits: 10

This module provides students with an opportunity to develop practical skills in legal drafting, oral advocacy and litigation by participating in a number of practical seminars and representing a hypothetical client in a mock trial (moot). It includes a taught element with a concentration on the identification of legal issues, targeted legal research, the drafting of legal submissions and the delivery of effective oral argument. The majority of the course is devoted to independent student work where students working in teams of two prepare the written arguments and oral pleadings for a hypothetical international business law case. These arguments will be presented in a mock trial where students will advocate for their ‘client’ against an opposing legal team.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5207: "International Business Law Moot" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5208: European Consumer Law and Policy


12 months long | Credits: 10

Consumer law and policy is a significant and rapidly developing area of EU regulation. This module aims to provide a critical understanding of the development of EU Consumer policy including its legal basis in the EU treaties. It will explore the various theories of regulation that underlie EU legislative measures and will examine and discuss methods of regulation. The module will then focus on specific areas of consumer protection regulation such as unfair terms, unfair commercial practices, and consumer rights in the digital environment. The module will examine the activity of the European Community legislature, the case law of the European Court of Justice and the relationship between the European Community system and domestic legal regimes. The module will also examine the theory and practice of enforcement of consumer rights and consumer redress.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5208: "European Consumer Law and Policy" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5209: Legal Skills: Commercial Practice, Advocacy and Dispute Resolution


12 months long | Credits: 10

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the operation of commercial law in the real world. The module involves a number of interactive seminars delivered by leading commercial law practitioners. This module allows students to explore a range of topical and emerging issues in commercial legal practice from local, national, regional and international perspectives. The seminars delivered on the module will vary from year to year to all students engage with topical and important issues in commercial law.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5209: "Legal Skills: Commercial Practice, Advocacy and Dispute Resolution" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW5210: Commercial Law in Context


12 months long | Credits: 10

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the operation of commercial law in the real world. The module involves a number of interactive seminars delivered by leading commercial law practitioners. This module allows students to explore a range of topical and emerging issues in commercial legal practice from local, national, regional and international perspectives. The seminars delivered on the module will vary from year to year to all students engage with topical and important issues in commercial law.
(Language of instruction: English)

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW5210: "Commercial Law in Context" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional LW483: Advanced Legal Research & Method


Trimester 3 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module LW483: "Advanced Legal Research & Method" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The LLM in International & Comparative Business Law is of particular interest to students interested in pursuing a career with an international law firm. The School of Law runs a programme of careers events annually including a Careers in Law Week, where students have an opportunity to meet partners from leading law firms and attend interview skills workshops.

Additionally, the programme offers a number of ‘Commercial Legal Placements’ with the leading law firms in the jurisdiction enhancing the students practical knowledge of working in a commercial firm and ensuring they gain skills which will be very attractive to prospective employers in the commercial sector.

Who’s Suited to This Course

3 reasons to choose this course:

  1. The top 5 students will be in a position to avail of placements in leading Irish Commercial Law firms.
  2. The programme focuses on ensuring that students will have the skills necessary for a career in commercial practice enhancing their employability.
  3. Students will benefit from the expertise of the leading commercial lawyers delivering content on the programme, guest lectures and networking opportunities with key commercial experts including our adjunct Professor Thomas Courtney, Chairman of the Company Law Review Group and Partner at Arthur Cox, Solicitors.

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,250 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,026 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
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

Connie Healy law

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

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