Law - International Human Rights Law & Public Policy - LLM
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University College Cork

Law - International Human Rights Law & Public Policy - LLM

The course offers students a wide range of human rights law courses taught by leading experts in their field. It includes interdisciplinary teaching and a unique International Human Rights clinical module which focuses on essential human rights lawyering skills, including oral and written advocacy (legal and policy), strategic litigation, fact-finding and development.

The course will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields including:

Law
Social policy
Political science
Public administration
Development
History
International relations social sciences
Applicants for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Human Rights. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 12,500-word research dissertation and graduating with a Master's in Law (LLM).

Subjects taught

Full-time: Students take 90 credits.
Part-time: Students take 90 credits, completing a total of 40 credits in Year 1 and 50 credits (including LW6571) in Year 2.

Core Modules (30 credits)
LW6659 LLM Dissertation (25 credits)
LW6652 Legal Research Methods and Writing (5 credits)

Taught Modules (60 credits)
LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
LW6633 Public International Law (5 credits)
LW6648 Human Rights Law in Practice (Clinic) (10 credits)
Elective Modules

Students take modules to the value of 35 credits from the list of electives set out below. At least 30 of those credits must be chosen from List A. (Note: The maximum total of 35 credits may be chosen from List A). Students can take 5 credits from List B.

List A
LW6544 Criminology: Core Theories, Context and Critique (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
LW6566 Contemporary Issues in International Law (5 credits)
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Processes and Practice (5 credits)
LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6634 Refugee and Forced Displacement Law (10 credits)
LW6655 Foundations of International Children's Rights (5 credits)
LW6656 Contemporary Issues in Children's Rights (5 credits)
LW6658 International Youth Justice (5 credits)
PH6012 Human Rights (10 credits)

List B
LW2208 Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (5 credits)

Notes
¹ Students may not choose an undergraduate module if they have already taken that module or equivalent subject matter at the undergraduate level. ² In certain cases, with the permission of the Programme Director, students may elect to take up to 10 credits from the modules available in the LLM (Taught) (other than those above) in substitution for 10 credits of the elective modules listed above.

In order to ensure a reasonable distribution of workload, when choosing modules for all programmes, students should take a balance of credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students who wish to deviate from this rule must seek permission from their Programme Director.

Submission of LLM Dissertation
The LLM dissertation must be submitted for examination at the Winter Board, on a date in September to be specified by the School of Law at the commencement of the programme.

Entry requirements

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Course Outline
Our LLM engages students in the practice and policy context of human rights law internationally.

The course offers students a wide range of human rights law courses taught by leading experts in their field. It includes interdisciplinary teaching and a unique International Human Rights clinical module which focuses on essential human rights lawyering skills, including oral and written advocacy (legal and policy), strategic litigation, fact-finding and development.

The course will be of interest to students and practitioners from a range of different fields including:

Law
Social policy
Political science
Public administration
Development
History
International relations social sciences
Applicants for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in International Law and Human Rights. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 12,500-word research dissertation and graduating with a Master's in Law (LLM).

Modules
Full-time: Students take 90 credits.
Part-time: Students take 90 credits, completing a total of 40 credits in Year 1 and 50 credits (including LW6571) in Year 2.
Core Modules (30 credits)

LW6659 LLM Dissertation (25 credits)
LW6652 Legal Research Methods and Writing (5 credits)
Taught Modules (60 credits)

LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits)
LW6633 Public International Law (5 credits)
LW6648 Human Rights Law in Practice (Clinic) (10 credits)
Elective Modules

Students take modules to the value of 35 credits from the list of electives set out below. At least 30 of those credits must be chosen from List A. (Note: The maximum total of 35 credits may be chosen from List A). Students can take 5 credits from List B.

List A

LW6544 Criminology: Core Theories, Context and Critique (10 credits)
LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits)
LW6566 Contemporary Issues in International Law (5 credits)
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution: Processes and Practice (5 credits)
LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits)
LW6634 Refugee and Forced Displacement Law (10 credits)
LW6655 Foundations of International Children's Rights (5 credits)
LW6656 Contemporary Issues in Children's Rights (5 credits)
LW6658 International Youth Justice (5 credits)
PH6012 Human Rights (10 credits)
List B

LW2208 Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (5 credits)
Notes

¹ Students may not choose an undergraduate module if they have already taken that module or equivalent subject matter at the undergraduate level. ² In certain cases, with the permission of the Programme Director, students may elect to take up to 10 credits from the modules available in the LLM (Taught) (other than those above) in substitution for 10 credits of the elective modules listed above.

In order to ensure a reasonable distribution of workload, when choosing modules for all programmes, students should take a balance of credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students who wish to deviate from this rule must seek permission from their Programme Director.

Submission of LLM Dissertation

The LLM dissertation must be submitted for examination at the Winter Board, on a date in September to be specified by the School of Law at the commencement of the programme.

Exit Awards
Postgraduate Certificate in International Law (NFQ Level 9 Minor Award)

Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 30 credits that meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in International Law, students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in International Law.

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)

Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 60 credits, registered LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy).

Academic Programme Catalogue
See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities
LLM classes are in a seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for the postgraduate level. You will receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar.

Seminars take place in two-hour blocks between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks.

Part-Time Option
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Assessment
You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.

Why Choose This Course
This course is of relevance to legal practitioners, policymakers and civil society actors across a range of fields. You will benefit from a series of guest seminars and workshops with key actors in the human rights movement.

It will provide you with the skills and qualification necessary to pursue an international career with international organisations, governments, UN bodies, European Human Rights bodies and in legal practice. The course includes a unique International Human Rights clinic core module.

Students engage in the practice and policy context of human rights law and also focus on essential human rights lawyering skills, including oral and written advocacy (legal and policy) strategic litigation, fact-finding and development.

Top 100 Ranking
UCC School of Law has been ranked among the world’s best Law Schools in the latest QS World University Rankings by subject, placing 59th in the World and 1st in Ireland.

Placement or Study Abroad Information
You will be supported in applying for and securing internships and placements internationally and nationally in the field of human rights. The School of Law has an active summer placement course and excellent links with international organizations, public bodies and NGOs.

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this course have pursued careers with international organisations, in legal practice, in policy bodies, and in aid and development. See our Human Rights Law Careers page for graduate testimonials.

Requirements
For entry to this course you must be approved by the Faculty 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 you under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to undertake the LLM (International Human Rights Law and Public Policy) Degree.

If you are an overseas candidate you are welcome to apply and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above.
Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of this course have pursued careers with international organisations, in legal practice, in policy bodies, and in aid and development.

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    LLM

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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