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Law - Child Law

Overview
On the Postgraduate Certificate in Child Law, you will be exposed to the law and theory on child 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.

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

Duration

1 year part-time. The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 1 year.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Graduates of the Certificate are uniquely qualified in the areas of child law. As well as allowing legal professionals to specialise in this area of legal practice, graduates of the Certificate 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.

Further enquiries

Anna O’Sullivan - Administrator
E: anna.osullivan@ucc.ie
T: +353 (0)21 420 5170
W: http://www.ucc.ie/en/law-postgrad/
E: Veronica Calnan
T: + 353 21 490 3995

Subjects taught

Students take core modules to the value of 30 credits as follows:

LW6549 Children’s Rights (10 credits)
LW6563 Child Law (Clinical) (10 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)

Comment

Unique Aspects of the Course
The Postgraduate Certificate in Child Law builds on the Faculty’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 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. You can advance your studies in Child 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 a 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 http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee €2,500

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 11th September 2017

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