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