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Law - LLM

This LLM programme is delivered through deliberative seminars with a varied, usually non-exam based, mode of assessment. The small-group seminar model is essential to our vision for this LLM: this model promotes more intensive lecturer-student interaction and facilitates deeper learning and skill-development on the part of the student. It makes for a programme that has an authentically postgraduate and scholarly orientation, with genuine intellectual depth.

The programme offers a variety of modules, all of which go beyond black-letter, formulaic legal study. Students can choose to specialise in one area of law (e.g. international law, human rights law, public law, commercial law etc.) or to engage with a more general portfolio of modules.

We are committed to the socio-legal methodology. This means that we design our modules and our research agenda around the LLM with an eye on how legal rules, norms and systems influence - and are influenced by - broader economic, social and political questions. It makes for a more interesting overall experience, but it also means that our graduates are equipped for a greater diversity of careers.

There is an independent research dissertation, to be completed in the summer months, under the supervision of a dedicated supervisor whose research work relates to the subject of inquiry. There is also a core module on legal and socio-legal research skills. This module encourages the development of methodological skills as well as practical legal skills such as advocacy and negotiation. We see these as transferable skills that are important in all kinds of careers in law.

The LLM at DCU aims to:
• develop students' critical, comparative and analytical thinking skills so that they are better positioned for access to, and advancement within, higher-end careers in law

• enhance students' research and writing skills through non-exam based continuous assessment in an intensive scholarly environment with low lecturer-student ratio

• facilitate students in expanding their substantive knowledge within particular legal fields through their taking of specialised modules delivered by subject experts

• offer students the opportunity to lead or otherwise partake in research and other scholarly ventures, for example, editing or co-editing the Socio-Legal Studies Review; presenting their dissertation ideas at a dedicated LLM Research Symposium; partaking in periodic research seminars at the School

• engage students with socio-legal analyses of law

DCU is a young and innovative university with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research (consistently rated in the 'Top 50 under 50' by the QS World University Rankings)

an emphasis on inter-disciplinarity in research and teaching, designed to meet the needs of contemporary society

novel, modern teaching and assessment methodologies designed in light of the best research insights into the development of students' higher order cognitive skills

strong links to employers and practitioners

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements
Applicants will normally have achieved a Second Class Honours Grade One (H2.1) in a primary degree (Level 8) in law or an interdisciplinary degree which includes law as a significant component. Applicants who have not achieved a H2.1 may apply but applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

Appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and relevant work experience may be accepted as equivalent to an honours degree, in accordance with the relevant regulations of Dublin City University.

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have education qualifications of a standard to those outlined above In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

Applications are currently being accepted for a September 2017 start.

Queries on Completed Applications
Any queries on completed applications should be emailed to


1 Year full-time.

Careers or further progression

The programme is designed with a primary focus on the development of higher order skills.

Thus, it prepares students for access to and promotion within a wide range of higher end careers. Graduates are better problem-solvers; more confident advocates; capable of stronger critical and comparative analysis.

These skills are important for professional lawyers, for those working in NGOs or advocacy; for lawyers in the civil service, in European and international organisations.

The programme is particularly valuable for those interested in research or academic careers: it is ideal as a foundation for doctoral research, for instance.

Further enquiries

Dr. Tom Hickey
t: +353 (01) 7007858

Application date

How to Apply and Closing Dates
Make an Application

EU Applicants - Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 31st July 2017.

Non EU Applicants - Apply online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 10th July 2017. Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.

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