The LLM (Master in Laws) is a one-year program offered by DCUs School of Law and Government. We welcome applicants from Ireland, the EU and the wider world who are interested in deepening their understanding of law in broader social, political and global contexts.
The programme is designed to prepare you for a career in the 21st century workplace, where employers seek adaptable and outward-looking critical thinkers. To this end, the LLM offers a range of modules that goes beyond black-letter, formulaic legal study: the programme embraces a socio-legal methodology and has a European and international orientation.
Students can choose to specialise in a particular area of law or can pursue a more general degree (see section below for programme structure and module choice). We offer modules in three broadly discernible areas:
law & society, ethics, and human rights
EU, international and transnational law
institutions, public law and public policy
Why Do This Programme?
a School with an inter-disciplinary research and teaching approach, engaging law and legal doctrine with political science, international relations, sociology, economics and European affairs more generally
a programme designed to develop the students critical, analytical and interdisciplinary thinking skills so that they are better positioned for access to, and advancement within, higher-end careers in law and related fields
a School with active links with major law firms; international and European institutions; NGOs; advocacy bodies and other such potential employers
an environment that facilitates the student in preparing for a career in academia or research, with opportunities to edit and contribute to academic journals, blogs; organise conferences, and to present academic papers
runs in conjunction with postgraduate programmes in international relations, public policy, EU law and policy, climate justice, international development
- 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.
Programme Aims and Objectives
To create an authentically postgraduate and scholarly orientation with genuine intellectual depth through a small-group seminar model that promotes more intensive lecturer-student interaction
To make graduates better problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and more confident advocates, thus preparing them for careers in law, policy, administration, international affairs and related fields