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Law - Research

School Description:
Trinity College Law School, founded in 1740, is Ireland's oldest and most internationally renowned Law School. It has a distinguished team of professors and lecturers and, with the most academically demanding undergraduate admission requirements of any law school in the Republic of Ireland, a student population of over 510 undergraduates and approximately 200 postgraduates of the highest calibre.

The Law School is strongly committed to maintaining and further developing its reputation for rigorous legal scholarship and research, both in a national and international context. In summary it seeks to serve society through education, research and public service and to promote standards of excellence in all its activities. Many staff and student members are heavily involved with the governmental, commercial and voluntary sectors both nationally and internationally, in areas such as children's rights, constitutional law reform, environmental policy, legal aid, law reform, minority rights, public interest and pro bono litigation, social welfare policy and women's rights.

The School also values research that contributes to public policy debate and reform. This is an essential part of the Law School's engagement with the wider community. Staff at the Law School have research-based expertise in a wide range of areas, including: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property Law, Equity, Torts, Contract Law, European Union Law, International Law and Human Rights. The Law School is responsible for the Dublin University Law Journal (DULJ), one of Ireland's leading peer-reviewed legal journals.

Students accepted for research degrees at the School of Law will have an excellent academic background and a strong research proposal. The first step in the MLitt or Ph.D application process is to submit a complete research proposal and CV so that your proposal can be informally reviewed and it can be ascertained if a suitable supervisor is available. Please submit your research proposal and CV to law.postgraduate@tcd.ie for review. If a supervisor is available, you can then submit an official application to Trinity College via https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/research/schools/law.php
Please note that the Law School's preference is for research students to begin in September so that they can undertake the compulsory Postgraduate Legal Research module offered in the first semester. Permission for entry other than in September is only permitted in exceptional circumstances. Advice on this should be sought by prospective applicants by emailing law.postgraduate@tcd.ie before a formal application is submitted.

It is required that students should complete an M.Litt. in two years and a Ph.D. in four years. Students intending to complete a Ph.D. thesis may apply for admission directly to the Ph.D. register, but must be confirmed on the register following a confirmation hearing and submission of a confirmation report typically in their second year on the register. Alternatively a student who is admitted onto the M.Litt. register may apply (typically in the second year of study) to be transferred to the Ph.D. register and may be transferred on foot of such application following a transfer hearing and submission of a transfer report.

Students commencing the M. Litt or Ph.D. programme undertake a 10 ECTS taught module on Postgraduate Legal Research provided by the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning of the School in the first semester of their studies, This, in addition to direct supervision helps to provide a solid foundation and to introduce new students to one another. A series of seminars for postgraduate research students is organised each semester to enhance students academic and social experience at the Law School. The seminars cover a range of topics relating to research and scholarship and also provide a forum for students to present and discuss their work.

LL.D
Applications may also be made by graduates of the University of not less than eight years standing for the degree of Doctor in Laws (LL.D.). This degree may be awarded to candidates who are judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge as evidenced by the publication of their work of high academic distinction. The level of attainment required for such a higher doctorate is substantially higher than that required for the degree of Ph.D.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally have an excellent primary degree, and / or professional qualification, in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution. In addition, PhD applicants should have an excellent Masters degree from a reputable institution. All applicants must have a fluent command of the English language. Since the demand for places is extremely high, these minimum requirements do not guarantee admission. Preference is given to the strongest academic applicants.

Terms of Admission
Please note that the Law School's preference is for research students to begin in September and on a full-time basis so that they can undertake the compulsory Postgraduate Legal Research module offered in the first semester. Permission for March and/or part-time registration is only permitted in exceptional circumstances. Advice on this should be sought by prospective applicants by emailing law.postgraduate@tcd.ie before a formal application is submitted.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie
The Ph.D./M.Litt Programme

It is required that students should complete an MLitt in two years and a Ph.D. in four years. Students intending to complete a Ph.D. thesis may apply for admission directly to the Ph.D. register, but must be confirmed on the register following a confirmation hearing and submission of a confirmation report typically in their second year on the register. Alternatively a student who is admitted onto the MLitt register may apply (typically in the second year of study) to be transferred to the Ph.D. register and may be transferred on foot of such application following a transfer hearing and submission of a transfer report.

Postgraduate Research Module - Students commencing the MLitt or Ph.D. programme undertake a 10 ECTS taught module on Postgraduate Legal Research provided by the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning of the School in the first semester of their studies, This, in addition to direct supervision helps to provide a solid foundation and to introduce new students to one another.

Research Seminar Series - A series of seminars for postgraduate research students is organised each semester to enhance students academic and social experience at the Law School. The seminars cover a range of topics relating to research and scholarship and also provide a forum for students to present and discuss their work.

LERU European Exchange Programme - The School of Law, Trinity College Dublin has joined with a number of select partner universities and law faculties within the prestigious League of European Research Universities to offer an exchange scheme for doctoral students. The exchange scheme is aimed specifically at permitting PhD candidates to spend up to eight weeks abroad at certain partner LERU institutions within Europe. It enrichs the doctoral studies experience and facilitates the international mobility of PhD candidates.

Duration

It is required that students should complete an MLitt in two years and a Ph.D. in four years.

Further enquiries

School of Law
•Head of School: Professor Mark Bell
•Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate): Professor Deirdre Ahern
•Telephone: + 353-1-896 8449
•Fax: +353-1-677 0449
•Email: law.postgradute@tcd.ie
•Url: www.tcd.ie/Law

Application date

Before You Apply

You are encouraged to read carefully the wide range of information about pursuing a higher degree by research at Trinity College Dublin provided by the Graduate Studies Office. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the specific regulations relating to higher degrees by research set out in the Trinity College Calendar Part III.

It is important to be aware that preference is generally given to students who want to work in areas of research in which a potential supervisor has an existing research interest. Please review the information on finding a supervisor and the research interests of our supervising faculty members.

When to Apply

You may apply at any point between the application being opened in the autumn and the closing deadline of 30th June. Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible as supervisor capacity may be limited.

If you intend to study full-time and also intend applying for either Postgraduate Ussher Fellowships or Postgraduate Studentships you are required to submit your formal application for the Doctoral Programme no later than 30th April. These awards are highly competitive and you are advised to start preparing a high-quality application well in advance of this deadline.

If you envisage that your research will involve the collection and analysis of larger amounts of quantitative data you may wish to enrol for the Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. The closing date to apply for this course is 30th June.

How to Apply

Applications should be made via our online application system. Go the the 'Application Weblink' below to choose the relevant degree and submit an application:

Please ensure that you provide all the documents required when making your online application. This must include:

•Two academic references;

•Academic transcripts which must be certified by the issuing body;

•A certified copy of degree certificate(s);

•A certified certificate of English Language Competency if English is not your first language (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS);

•Your research proposal

Applicants who have already been successful during a research grant interview or screening process (e.g. IRCSET, IRCHSS, Funded Research Positions, etc.) should provide relevant details as part of the application process. The online application process is mandatory even if your funding has been secured.

There is an online application fee of €55.

If you encounter difficulties in filing the relevant documentation you should direct your query to the Research Admissions Office . Please note that applications that are deemed incomplete due to the absence of key supporting documents will not proceed to the Doctoral Programme Committee for review.

Once you have submitted an online application you will be sent an acknowledgement email to the email address you provided when setting up your user account on the application system. The applicant portal will allow you to send and receive communications in respect of your application to Trinity College Dublin. You will be able to track the progress of your application at every stage of the admissions process, update your personal information, view decisions made on your application(s) and accept any offers you receive. For further information see: https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Research areas

School Description:

Trinity College Law School, founded in 1740, is Ireland's oldest and most internationally renowned Law School. It has a distinguished team of professors and lecturers and, with the most academically demanding undergraduate admission requirements of any law school in the Republic of Ireland, a student population of over 510 undergraduates and approximately 200 postgraduates of the highest calibre.

The Law School is strongly committed to maintaining and further developing its reputation for rigorous legal scholarship and research, both in a national and international context. Vibrant research is at the heart of the Law School's culture. Staff are engaged in scholarship that focuses on Irish, European, and International legal developments, as well as the relationship between law and society. This includes rigorous theoretical engagement and critical analysis leading to research outputs published by leading national and international academic presses. The Law School hosts a number of dedicated research groups: Constitutional Governance and Social Change; Corporate Law, Governance and Capital Markets; Crime and Punishment; Private Law; and Technologies and Society.
The School also values research that contributes to public policy debate and reform. This is an essential part of the Law School's engagement with the wider community. Staff at the Law School have research-based expertise in a wide range of areas, including: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, Financial Services Law, Intellectual Property Law, Equity, Torts, Contract Law, European Union Law, International Law, Human Rights and Technology Law. The Law School is responsible for the Dublin University Law Journal (DULJ), one of Ireland's leading peer-reviewed legal journals.

Research Programmes
The Law School offers two postgraduate research degrees, the Master in Letters (MLitt) and the Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D). It has a vibrant population of postgraduate research students and currently has around 70 students registered for MLitt/Ph.D. degrees who are engaged in research across a wide range of law subjects. Each student is guided in his or her research by an academic supervisor who has expertise in the relevant research area. A central dedicated shared workspace is exclusively available for a limited full-time postgraduate research students which is adjoined by a seminar room.

Students accepted for research degrees at the School of Law will have an excellent academic background and a strong research proposal. The first step in the MLitt or Ph.D application process is to submit a complete research proposal and CV so that your proposal can be informally reviewed and it can be ascertained if a suitable supervisor is available. Please submit your research proposal and CV to law.postgraduate@tcd.ie for review. If a supervisor is available, you can then submit an official application to Trinity College via the application links below.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Full-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Full-Time)

September 2020 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Law (Full-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Part-Time)
Master in Letters in School of Law (Full-Time)

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