ProfDip Law
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
This course has been designed to allow students the opportunity to choose from a wide range of subjects. You will study alongside Masters (LLM) Students and may consider continuing to study the LLM, subject to meeting LLM entry requirements.

• Students applying for this course will benefit from the option to tailor the Diploma to their own specific needs in terms of the modules they will select and the time those particular modules are offered.
• The Professional Diploma in Law offers students a choice of modules from our Masters in Law (LLM) programmes, and lectures will be shared with LLM students. In essence, students will 'build' their own unique Professional Diploma in Law, concentrating on the areas of law of most interest or relevance to them, i.e. Human Rights, IP & IT, Criminology & Criminal Justice, etc.

Vision & Value Statement
This 30 credit programme is for professionals with either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in an area of relevance to the subjects they wish to study. The student may tailor the programme to his or her specific professional needs, in terms of the Law modules they select (from among those available in the Masters' programmes offered by the School) at the time at which they are taken.

Students are challenged to think more critically about the social, cultural and political dimensions of the law, as well as the technical aspects of its application. The understanding thereby acquired is relevant to their contribution as citizens in an increasingly wide range of areas, as well as to their chosen careers.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others' leadership, teamwork and communication skills, with a special emphasis on the applicability of these in the practice of law.

To these ends, the programme makes intensive use or teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small-group teaching, in class presentations (individual and group) and academic writing.

Programme Outcomes
1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of modules taken
2. Apply that knowledge and understanding in diverse environments
3. Communicate, appropriately, to different audiences.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Options
• International Commercial Arbitration LAW40060
• Environmental Law and Policy LAW40120
• Trade Mark Law LAW40280
• Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360
• Advanced Criminological Theory LAW40640
• Corporate Governance LAW40670
• Law of the ECHR LAW40780
• Law and Governance of the EU LAW41040
• Climate Change Law and Policy LAW41090
• Online Regulation LAW41150
• Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives LAW41270
• Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights LAW41310
• International Tax Law LAW41450
• White Collar Crime LAW41500
• Patent Law LAW41610
• Data Protection Governance LAW41790
• Law of Armed Conflict LAW42020

Entry requirements

Applicants should take careful note of the following
Official references must be submitted as proof of work experience by all applicants or Official Transcripts can be submitted as proof of examination results, where relevant. Students of UCD applying for the Diploma do not need to supply Transcripts but should submit relevant professional references.

The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. Thus, you should detail your relevant professional and practical experience.

Applicants must nominate two academic referees unless the applicant has been in employment for more than two years, in which case one of the named referees must be an employer. Applicants are required to submit the name, position held, postal address, email address and contact number for the two academic referees.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:
Prof Dip Law Jan PT (B408)
Deadline: Rolling *

Prof Dip Law PT (B389)
Deadline: Rolling *

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


1 year part-time

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The Programme is for Professionals. You will be expected to have either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in an area of relevance to the subjects you wish to study, Applications are accepted from.
• Practising barristers or solicitors
• Barristers or solicitors actively engaged in legally connected employment,
• Graduates holding an approved university degree or law-based interdisciplinary university degree,
• Persons with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or such experiences as would satisfy the School that they are able to participate on this course.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it's Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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