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Law - International & Comparative Disability Law & Policy

Your Course
The introduction of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has resulted in significant changes in the area of disability law and policy. Our LLM addresses that, and graduates from this programme will be among the first to be skilled in this growing area of law and policy. Students are required to take one mandatory subject: Foundational Theoretical Framework for Disability Law and Policy. Thereafter students may choose five optional modules from the following: Irish Disability Law and Policy; Regional Disability Law and Policy; Law and Policy on Independent Living; Legal Capacity Law and Policy; Mental Health Law and Policy; Inclusive Education Law and Policy; Advocacy and Access to Justice; Contemporary Challenges in Disability Law and Policy; Law, Regulation and Policy; Equality Law: Principles and Thematic Application; Universal Environments; Advanced Legal Research and Method. Finally, over the summer months, students complete a dissertation on a subject of their choosing.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. Internships: there are two very prestigious internships exclusively available to students on the LLM in International and Comparative Disability Law and Policy. They are based in Geneva with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability. The interns will achieve unique access to the UN system.

2. International experts: the benefit of studying this Master's lies in its uniqueness. Students will benefit from unprecedented access to international experts who participate in the programme throughout the year.

3. Centre for Disability Law: the programme is affiliated with the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), which is part of the Lifecourse Institute. The CDLP is dedicated to producing research that informs the debate on national and international disability law reform and policy, and holds many conferences, seminars and other events which students of the LLM are invited to attend.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must hold a Second Class Honours Grade 1 degree either in law or in an interdisciplinary area which includes a significant component of law. In exceptional circumstances, applicants holding a degree in another discipline or a degree of less than a Second Class Honours Grade 1 standard may be considered where they have relevant professional experience in law or disability rights.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment in a variety of areas, including work in the UN, senior legal appointments, as lecturers, solicitors, and barristers, on the national advocacy board and human rights commissions, as government advisors and with non-governmental organisations. Many of our graduates are leading change and law reform in disability law throughout the world.

Further enquiries

Dr. Eilionóir Flynn
T: +353 91 494 010

Application date

1ML17, full-time; 1ML18, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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