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On the LLM in Child and Family Law, you will be exposed to the law and theory on child and family law in Ireland and internationally. At the same time you will get a rare insight into various aspects of the law in action by engaging with social workers, legal professionals and others.

You will work with scholars who have a track record of outstanding scholarship on legal issues relating to children and the family.

You will have the opportunity to become involved in UCC’s innovative Child Law Clinic where you can provide research assistance to lawyers on real cases, helping to make a contribution to the quality of advocacy on children’s issues, and lobbying for the reform of child law and children’s rights. You can also take advantage of two dedicated internships provided exclusively to our LLM students at the Ombudsman for Children's Office.

Applicants for the LLM (Child and Family Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Law. Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Child and Family Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time. Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact v.calnan@ucc.ie or anna.osullivan@ucc.ie for application details.

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000 word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM).

Entry requirements

To be accepted on this course, you must be approved by the School of Law.

You will also normally have:
(a) A law degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1

Or

(b) Have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate to undertake the LLM (Child and Family Law) Degree.

If you are an overseas candidate, you are welcome to apply and your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as above. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email at internationalpostgrad@ucc.ie for application details.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years

Careers or further progression

As the only qualification of its kind in Ireland, graduates are uniquely qualified in the areas of child law and family law. As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in these areas of legal practice, graduates of this degree are well equipped to work anywhere in the children’s sector – with government departments and agencies (in education, child protection, youth justice etc.), with non-governmental organisations (both nationally and internationally), or other bodies who work with children. Few statutory or children’s organisations have staff with legal expertise in the child and family law area and this is a significant gap in the sector.

Further enquiries

Veronica Calnan
Faculty of Law
University College Cork
Tel: 021 490 3995
Email: v.calnan@ucc.ie
Web: http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/

Anna O’Sullivan
Administrator
E: anna.osullivan@ucc.ie
T: +353 (0)21 420 5170

Programme Coordinator
Name: Dr Louise Crowley
Email: l.crowley@ucc.ie
Tel: 353 (0)21 490 3879
Address: Law Faculty, Aras na Laoi, UCC

http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/taughtprogrammes/

Subjects taught

Please visit the School of Law website at http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/taughtprogrammes/ for up to date information on the programme.

Programme regulations are available in the College Calendar.

Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules. (Course webpage link below)

Comment

Unique Aspects of the Course.
The LLM (Child and Family Law) is the first course of its kind in Ireland and it builds on the School’s wide range of expertise and knowledge in the area of child and family law. From this course, you will gain a unique specialisation in legal issues relating to children and the family, including family property, children’s rights and juvenile justice. You will also have the opportunity to work on real cases and to lobby for reform through the Child Law Clinic, which allows you to make contacts and gain practical experience. You can follow the work of the Child Law Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.

Course Practicalities.
LLM classes are in seminar format. This participative and interactive format of teaching is suitable for postgraduate level. You will receive advance reading lists and/or materials for each seminar. Seminars take place in two-hour blocks between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 10 credit modules run for 12 weeks and 5 credit modules run for 6 weeks. Arrangements are made for courtroom observation in the family courts.

Who teaches this course?
The School of Law has many committed lecturers with expertise across a wide range of areas, and has particular strengths in the area of child and family law. For a full list of School members, including details of research interests, publications and postgraduate supervision, see the School of Law.

Assessment method

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year and your dissertation must be submitted in September. To view individual module assessments in the Book of Modules.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

While UCC operates a rounds system for Postgraduate Taught courses (detailed below) we would advise you to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:

For all completed applications received by January 16th 2017 Offers will be made by January 30th 2017

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2017 Offers will be made by March 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2017 Offers will be made by May 15th 2017

For all completed applications received by July 3rd 2017 Offers will be made by July 17th 2017

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €7,000 full-time. The part-time course fee is half the full-time fee in the particular year of study

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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