Law - Advanced Family Law

On the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law, you will be exposed to law and theory in Ireland and internationally. At the same time you will get valuable insights into various aspects of the law in action by engaging with social workers, legal professionals and others.

You will work with scholars who have a track record of outstanding scholarship on legal issues relating to families.

Why Choose This Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law builds on the School's wide range of expertise and knowledge in the area of family law. From this course, you will gain a unique specialisation in legal issues relating to the family, including family property and emerging family forms. You can advance your studies in Family Law by building on the Certificate to complete a Diploma in Child and Family Law or an LLM in Child and Family Law (provided you get an honours mark in your Certificate).

Entry requirements

Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally: (a) hold a Law Degree with at least a 2H1 or (b) have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law.

The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.

The School of Law uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Candidates who do not have their final degree marks available may be made a conditional (provisional) offer.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Assessment Info

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.

Subjects taught

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:
LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)
LW6614 Family Law Clinic (5 credits)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)

Duration

1 year part-time

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 year.

Classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. You will receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar. Seminars take place in two-hour blocks between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks. Arrangements may be made for courtroom observation in the family courts.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in this area of legal practice, graduates of the Certificate are well equipped to work across the family law sector – with government departments and agencies, with non-governmental organisations (both nationally and internationally), or other bodies who work with families.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Daytime

  • Apply to

    PAC