Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The LLM General programme affords you the opportunity to choose any combination of the graduate modules offered by the Sutherland School of Law. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research across the areas of law reflected in the modules offered in the programme ranging from cross-border divorce law, the socio-economic rights of asylum seekers to the regulation of charities in Ireland.

• To understand and think critically about various facets of Law;
• To apply their knowledge and understanding of Law to real and hypothetical factual situations;
• To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Course Description
The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental law forms a fundamental part of how our society interacts with its natural surroundings. This course comprises a practical, in-depth examination of environmental law, with a focus on European and international perspectives. It will trace the development of EU and international environmental law to date and will analyze the legal principles applied to environmental protection.

Immigration and Asylum Law
States have a right under international law to limit access by non-citizens to a state. However, this right is necessarily limited and prescribed. Immigration and asylum law raise questions regarding the ability of states to regulate or control in-ward migration for certain categories of non-citizen. Immigration & Asylum: Law, Politics & Rights is designed for both law and non-law students. With profound changes expected to the Irish immigration and asylum systems over the coming years, this course will be useful to a wide variety of individuals. A sound knowledge and understanding of the legal rules and principles that have evolved to govern immigration and asylum law is useful and necessary for all persons operating in government, national and international governmental organisations, politics, business, as practising lawyers, policy makers, or as rights advocates within the international and national non-governmental sector (NGOs).

Corporate Governance
Corporate Governance will cover both the legal and regulatory environment and the informational and market infrastructures which apply in Ireland and the wider EU. The objective of this module is to develop an understanding of the development of corporate governance and its importance to companies and their stakeholders. It seeks to provide a framework for analysing how regulations impact on corporate decision-making, ethics and planning. The module will investigate the processes of supervision and control within companies and determine what the primary aims of those processes should be. It will examine the regulations and norms which seek to ensure that directors act in the interests of shareholders or wider stakeholder groups as appropriate. It will examine both the theory and the reality of shareholder democracy. Throughout the module, consideration will be given to the important question of determining the appropriate form of regulation to achieve the desired aims of corporate governance.

The Comparative International and European Law (CIEL) programme is an exchange programme for registered full-time LLM students. The programme includes joint thesis supervision with academic colleagues at both the home and host institution. Upon successful completion students are awarded the CIEL certificate in addition to their LLM award.

Subjects taught

The LLM requires the completion of 90 ECTS. The dissertation is worth 30 ECTS and there is a dissertation seminar in semester 2 for 2 hours per week with the dissertation being completed in Semester 3.

The typical enrolment for a full-time student is 3 modules in Semester 1 and 2. Although all modules are available, students on this programme usually choose from the following modules.

Part-time students, taking the degree over two years, should note that classes are as for those taking the full time option, but will take less credits per semester as they have 2 years to complete this programme.

For January start Full Time students the Dissertation seminars begin straight away and the dissertation will take place during the summer

Stage 1 Core
• Dissertation

Stage 1 Option
Human Rights Law and EqualityEQUL40070
International Commercial ArbitrationLAW40060
Foundations of Environmental LawLAW40120
International Economic LawLAW40140
International Competition LawLAW40150
Advanced Issues in European Competition LawLAW40360
Corporate GovernanceLAW40670
NGOs: Law, Governance and Social ChangeLAW40760
Law of the ECHRLAW40780
Law and Governance of the EULAW41040
Climate Change Law and PolicyLAW41090
Online RegulationLAW41150
Cross-Border Litigation: European and International Perspectives on the Conflict of LawsLAW41200
Data Protection and Privacy: National and International PerspectivesLAW41270
Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and RightsLAW41310
International Tax LawLAW41450
White Collar CrimeLAW41500
Data Protection GovernanceLAW41790
Copyright LawLAW42000
Comparative Corporate GovernanceLAW42010
Law of Armed ConflictLAW42020
Vis ArbitrationLAW42030
Culture, Heritage and Human RightsLAW42040
United Nations Human Rights PracticeLAW42130
Regulatory InvestigationLAW42180
Marine Environmental & Conservation LawLAW42220

Entry requirements

Degree Requirements
• Applicants must hold a Law degree, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component. Applicants must have achieved at least an upper second class honours or equivalent.
• Applicants holding a Graduate Diploma in Law (60 ECTS Credits) may be considered but will normally be admitted only where they can show an exceptionally strong performance in both their undergraduate degree and diploma.
• Exemption from these requirements may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a graduate qualification at Masters level or higher in a relevant discipline. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their qualifications/experiences are appropriate for admission to the programme.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Language Requirements
• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
• Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information
• The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at
• International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website ( for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
LLM General FT (B294)
Deadline: Rolling *

LLM General PT (B295)
Deadline: Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Application Procedure
Applicants should indicate which programme they are applying for. All applicants should note:

-Official transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results by all applicants except UCD graduates.
-The personal statement is an important component of the application. -It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. You should detail any relevant research and practical experience including any publications and major essays/projects.
-Applicants must nominate two academic referees (name, position, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number). If an applicant has been in employment for more than two years, one of the referees must be your employer.
-Please note: If you are offered a place on the LLM programme, accepting that place is a two-part process. You must submit an on-line acceptance and you must also pay a non-refundable deposit (normally €500) within 15 working days of the date of your offer letter.




LLM General FT (B294): 1 year full-time
LLM General PT (B295):2 years part-time


LLM Law (B294) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9320
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

LLM Law (B295) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4660
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships (Non-EU Students) and (EU Students).

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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Careers & Employability
The deeper understanding and knowledge of law acquired through the programme is highly regarded by employers and has been the basis for many successful varied careers, both domestically and internationally. Recent employers include Mason Hays & Curran, Eversheds LLP and Maples & Calder.

Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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