Law - Public Law

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The LLM in Public Law suite of programmes examines emerging and topical issues in public law from a comparative and international perspective. The programmes will be of interest to students who have completed their primary law degree as well as legal practitioners, public servants and others seeking to develop or update their knowledge of public law and legal research skills. Students can pursue an LLM in Public Law or choose to specialise for an award of:

• LLM in Public Law and Criminal Justice, or
• LLM in Public Law and Social Justice, or
• LLM in Public Law and Administration.

The programme aims to provide a solid grounding in the theory, substance and application of public law for future practitioners, academics and policy makers, and gives students a keen understanding of the most pressing issues for public interest litigation in both the state and private sectors. Led by a dynamic team of experts at NUI Galway, with national, European and international teaching and research profiles, students will acquire expertise in their chosen subjects across a range of different areas, with a focus particularly on law reform, social justice, policy and administration. The programme also puts a strong emphasis on research and presentation skills.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Seminars: Teaching takes the form of small group seminars, which are complemented by presentations from guest speakers who are experts in the field.

2. Conferences: Students are also encouraged to attend and, where possible, present papers at relevant conferences.

3. Journals: Students are also encouraged to publish some of their work in student and mainstream law journals.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must have a Level 8 degree in law (honours 2.1 or higher) or an interdisciplinary degree which includes a substantial law component (honours 2:1 or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, applicants who hold a degree other than a law degree and who have relevant education and/or professional experience in law may be considered.


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

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Career Opportunities
Graduates have embarked on career paths ranging from, but not limited to, completing PhDs and lecturing, and working in the Office of the Attorney General, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), for the Law Reform Commission, and for law publishers and top law firms.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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