Law - Children's Rights Law
On the Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law, you will be exposed to the law and theory on child law in Ireland and internationally. At the same time you will get a rare insight 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 children and the family.
You will have the opportunity to become involved in UCC's innovative Child Law Clinic where you can provide research assistance to lawyers on real cases, helping to make a contribution to the quality of advocacy on children's issues, and lobbying for the reform of child law and children's rights.
Why Choose This Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law builds on the School's wide range of expertise and knowledge in the area of child and family law. From this course, you will gain a unique specialisation in legal issues relating to children and the family, including children's rights and juvenile justice. You will also have the opportunity to work on real cases and to lobby for reform through the Child Law Clinic, which allows you to make contacts and gain practical experience. You can follow the work of the Child Law Clinic on Facebook and Twitter. You can advance your studies in Child Law by building on the Certificate to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Children's Rights and Family Law) or an LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) (provided you get a honours mark in your Certificate).
Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally: (a) hold a Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours Law degree (NFQ, Level 8) 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 under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law.
The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
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 here.
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.
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules
Students take core modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:
LW6549 Children's Rights (10 credits)
LW6563 Child Law in Practice (10 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
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.
Start Date 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of the Certificate are uniquely qualified in the areas of child law. As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in this area of legal practice, graduates of the Certificate are well equipped to work anywhere in the children's sector – with government departments and agencies (in education, child protection, youth justice etc.), with non-governmental organisations (both nationally and internationally), or other bodies who work with children.