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Law - Advanced Family Law

On the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law, you will be exposed to law and theory in Ireland and internationally. At the same time you will get valuable insights 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 families.

Course Practicalities
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 may be made for courtroom observation in the family courts.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally:
(a) hold 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 Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law.

The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.

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 see course webpage (link below) to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.


1 year part-time
Taught during weekday working hours over 1 yr.

Number of credits

30 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in this area of legal practice, graduates of the Certificate are well equipped to work across the family law sector – with government departments and agencies, with non-governmental organisations (both nationally and internationally), or other bodies who work with families.

Further enquiries

Anna O’Sullivan - Administrator
T: +353 (0)21 420 5170

E: Veronica Calnan
P: + 353 21 490 3995

Subjects taught

Students take modules to the value of 30 credits from the following:

LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)
LW6561 Comparative Family Property Law (10 credits)
LW6593 Contemporary Issues in ECHR Law (5 credits)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)


Unique Aspects of the Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law builds on the Faculty’s wide range of expertise and knowledge in the area of family law. From this course, you will gain a unique specialisation in legal issues relating to the family, including family property and emerging family forms. You can advance your studies in Family Law by building on the Certificate to complete a Diploma in Child and Family Law or an LLM in Child and Family Law (provided you get an honours mark in your Certificate).

Assessment method

You will be examined by continuous assessment throughout the year. Individual module assessments can be viewed 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

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €2,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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