Law - Global Legal Studies

Studies imparts just those skills. By taking the LLM in Global Legal Studies, students will be exposed to a range of legal issues that extend across jurisdictions, and will gain critical insights from a variety of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics, and sociology.

Teaching is delivered by means of small class lectures, in-class simulations, workshops, and master classes. In addition to the modules, The School works with leading academics and practitioners who provide seminars in various fields of law throughout the academic year.

We partner with leading international law firms such as Matheson and A&L Goodbody on several initiatives. We also offer students the opportunity to apply for our Postgraduate Placement module, which gives successful applicants the chance to work part-time for one semester at one of our partner organisations. We have partnerships with a broad range of organisations across the public and private sector, including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Forsa, PrivacyEngine, and Alcohol Action Ireland.

Subjects taught

The Global Legal Studies programme allows students to choose from our full range of postgraduate law modules (with specific exceptions that are reserved to the international business or international justice programmes).

Students must complete 90 credits in total – 60 credits from the optional modules, plus the compulsory Professional Development (5 credits) and Dissertation (25 credits) modules.

Students should register for 30 credits of optional modules in each semester.

Not all modules offered will run every year, offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints. Please note that some modules will have prerequisites attached to them.

Students can elect to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma instead of an LLM, if they find that they are unable to complete the Dissertation.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2:2 overall classification in a Level 8 undergraduate degree. This degree must be in law or a cognate discipline in the humanities, or social/political sciences (including but not limited to business, finance, economics, international relations, sociology, etc).

Applicants from certain non-EU countries are required to meet different minimum entrance criteria, which can be found here.

The international office will be able to advise international applications on the compatibility of their degree with these criteria –

Applicants who are required to demonstrate English language proficiency can find the minimum required scores in a variety of accepted tests here.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of entry onto this programme. Decision on admission to the programme are at the discretion of the Admission Committee.

Applications by applicants with other types of diplomas or who do not reach this minimum level of qualifications will be determined by the Admissions Committee in line with the University's policy on recognition of prior experiential learning, which can be accessed here.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application dates

Closing Date : 30 June 2024


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Post Course Info

Students who undertake the LLM in Global Legal Studies will have valuable critical analytical and research skills that will be beneficial for careers in a wide range of sectors.

Our students have gone on to work for government departments, national and international NGOs, community organisations, leading law firms, and a range of other organisations. The LLM in Global Legal studies is also excellent preparation for undertaking doctoral studies.

The School has strong links with several private and public sector organisations, including several leading Irish law firms. Through these relationships we offer students valuable opportunities for professional development and networking, both as part of the degree and outside of it.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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