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Law - International Justice

The LLM (International Justice) provides students with critical insights into the international legal system and how it operates to promote and secure justice. It analyses how the international legal order works and how it seeks to protect vulnerable groups, including minorities, migrants and peoples with disabilities. The programme draws on law and other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology and politics, to provide students with a comprehensive examination of the challenges facing international justice mechanisms today.

Work placement opportunities are available as part of the programme with partner civil society organisations including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Transparency International, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Trócaire and Oxfam.

Teaching is delivered by means of small class lectures, in-class simulations and workshops. Students will also benefit from guest lectures delivered by international speakers. The programme is very attractive to law graduates who wish to specialise in the fields of international law and human rights, and to non-law graduates who are interested in questions of social justice and in acquiring legal tools and skills for future careers.

Students must complete 90 credits in total: 35 credits of coursework in Year 1, 30 credits of coursework in Year 2 and a 25 credit dissertation.

Professional Development and Public International law are compulsory modules. Outside od these compulsory elements, students may choose any combinational of modules they wish.

Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints.

Placement opportunities with partner civil society organisations, such as Transparency International (Ireland) will be available.

Teaching is delivered by means of small class lectures, in-class simulations, workshops and masterclasses.

The programme will be very attractive to law graduates who wish to specialise in the field of international law and to non-law graduates who may be interested in undertaking a vocational law programme in the future.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Applicants must have obtained an honours degree (minimum 2nd class honour) in law or a cognate discipline, such as international relations, social studies, sociology, politics etc). The Department will assess applications where the applicants do not reach this minimum level of qualifications in line with the University's policy on recognition of prior experiential learning. The programme will also be accessible to international students from all jurisdictions, as no prior knowledge of the common law is required.

Minimum English language requirements:

•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

MH64J 1 year Full-time
MH65J 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

The programme will prepare students for policy and advocacy work in national, regional, and international organisations with a social and economic justice mandate. It will provide students considering a career in the legal profession with the tools necessary to pursue work in the field of human rights law, which could also include legal practice in European courts or international criminal tribunals. The programme is also an ideal launchpad for students interested in a career in further research on legal, policy or philosophical questions of justice. A number of graduates from the LLM programme have proceeded to doctoral studies.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr Noelle Higgins
Tel: 01-7086235
Email: noelle.higgins@nuim.ie
Web: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/law

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Modules offered include Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; International Criminal Law; The Rights of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples; and Globalisation, Migration and the Law. Students also undertake a module on Professional Development and complete a Dissertation.

Comment

At Maynooth Law, we equip students with the core attributes required of the legal graduate, developing students' problem-solving, advocacy and legal writing skills. We offer critical insights from a range of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics and sociology. Students will be exposed to the operation of the law in practice, through engagement with legal firms, public and private sector organisations and community and voluntary groups.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date : 30 June 2019

PAC Code:

MH65J

The following documents should be uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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