ProfCert Law
Graduate Taught (level 9 NFQ, credits 10)
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.

Law graduates, or those with a professional legal qualification, can now study LLM courses one at a time (as part of our Professional certificate or Professional Diploma in the case of more than one module), in a flexible manner.

You can:
Study individual graduate-level modules
Accumulate credits over a prolonged period of time leading to a certificate, diploma or master's degree

Applications for admission to the Programme are invited from practising barristers or solicitors, graduates holding an approved university law degree or law-based inter disciplinary university degree or equivalent.

Applications will also be considered from the holders of academic and/or professional qualifications and/or proof of such experience as satisfy the School of Law that they are able to participate fully in the course and will be required to study the Introduction to Law module in advance of being admitted to the course.

Vision & Values Statement
This 10 credit programme is for professional with either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in an area of relevance to the subjects they wish to study. It involves completing a single law module available in the Masters' programmes offered by the School.

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.

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.

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

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
• Environmental Law and Policy LAW40120
• Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360
• Law of the ECHR LAW40780
• Law and Governance of the EU LAW41040
• Data Protection and Privacy: National and International Perspectives LAW41270
• Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights LAW41310
• White Collar Crime LAW41500

Entry requirements

Applicants should take careful note of the following

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 Cert Law (Sept) PT (B388)
Deadline: Rolling *

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


4 months 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, 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

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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