Law - Common Law

MCL Common Law
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 120)

The Masters in Common Law is a unique two-year programme offering non-law graduates the opportunity to obtain a law degree.

Students will take a range of modules designed to introduce them to the main areas of our legal system. Teaching will be through the medium of lectures and fortnightly graduate seminars.

You will study a range of modules designed to introduce you to the main areas of our legal system, including Tort, Contract Law and European Law amongst others.

On completion of your studies, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad appreciation of the principal branches of the discipline of law

- Make effective use of oral and written skills and apply ICT in learning, research and presentation of legal reports and assignments

- Work effectively as a member of a legal team with common objectives

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Students who have completed or are in final year of a non-law degree (Level 8 QQI or equivalent) can apply for this programme.

Vision and Values Statement
This programmes is for graduates in disciplines other than law who wish to complete a Master's degree in the law of Ireland and acquire a profound understanding of how law works in theory and in practice, both in Ireland and elsewhere. The programme enables students to proceed to professional training as lawyers in Ireland and elsewhere but also provides knowledge, skills and experience applicable in a wide variety of careers.

We aim for students to be highly active, motivated, automonous learners, conscious of the social, cultural and political dimensions of the law, who combine the academic basis for a successful career in law with more widely applicable knowledge and skills.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages studetns to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and other' leadership, teamwork and communication skills.

To these ends, the programme makes intensive use of teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as semianr-based teaching and legal writing assessments.

Programme Outcomes
- apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their specific work or vocation in the field of law.

- communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, considering the importance of legal arguments in public policy debates, in an accessible and intelligible manner to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

- demonstrate specialised, detailed knowledge and understanding of the legal systems of Ireland and of the European Union.

- gather and interpret the relevant data from a variety of sources, both legal and factual, to inform judgments on problems within the major branches of law.

- identify, in the field of legal scholarship, the relevant sources of law and commentary upon and analysis of it and to frame their own original legal arguments.

- make their own judgments, including the capacity to reflect on relevant political, social, economic, historical, or ethical issues associated with law.

- realise those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option
European Human Rights LawLAW30310
Matrimonial Law and ReliefsLAW30400
Family and Child LawLAW30450
International Human Rights LawLAW30470
Planning LawLAW37460
Sports LawLAW37510
Research Module 10 crLAW37580
Migration LawLAW37600
Copyright LawLAW37670
Internet Law and RegulationLAW37700
International Commercial ArbitrationLAW40060
Principles of JurisprudenceLAW40920
Data Protection and Privacy: National and International PerspectivesLAW41270
International Tax LawLAW41450
Data Protection GovernanceLAW41790
Advanced Administrative Law 2LAW41800
Advanced Administrative Law 1LAW41810
Advanced Company Law 2LAW41820
Advanced Company Law 1LAW41830
Advanced TrustsLAW41840
Advanced EquityLAW41850
Advanced Evidence 2LAW41860
Advanced Evidence 1LAW41870
Advanced Property Law 2LAW41880
Advanced Property Law 1LAW41890
Advanced Criminal Law 2LAW41900
Advanced Criminal Law 1LAW41910
Advanced EU Economic LawLAW41920
Advanced EU Constitutional LawLAW41930
Advanced Contract Law 2LAW41940
Advanced Contract Law 1LAW41950
Advanced Tort Law 2LAW41960
Advanced Tort Law 1LAW41970
Advanced Constitutional Law 2LAW41980
Advanced Constitutional Law 1LAW41990

Entry requirements

Applications for the programme will be made through the University's on-line application system. Go to Admissions are open to graduates (and graduands) with an upper second class degree in a non-law subject or in which law was not a minor.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Please note that applications are assessed on a rolling basis.

What are the fees for this programme?
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Please note: In the event that you are offered a place on one of our programmes, accepting a place is a two part process; as well as submitting an online acceptance, you must also pay a non-refundable deposit. The normal deposit is 500 euro. Your deposit must be received within 15 working days of the date of your offer letter.

International Applicants and students
Students/Applicants requiring information from an International perspective may visit the website for information regarding our campus, location of UCD and visa information. Applicants may visit for full information on fees and fee payment methods.

Application dates

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

2 Year Full Time Masters Common Law FT (B209)

Deadline: Rolling *

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


2 years full-time.

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
This degree offers you the relevant recognitions as part of the process of becoming a barrister or solicitor in Ireland. You may also choose to work in the commercial field complete with a strong legal background. The MCL is one of the Kings Inn's approved degrees.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Daytime

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