Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
This course has been designed to allow students the opportunity to choose from a wide range of subjects. You will study alongside Masters (LLM) Students and may consider continuing to study the LLM, subject to meeting LLM entry requirements.
Students applying for this course will benefit from the option to tailor the Diploma to their own specific needs in terms of the modules they will select and the time those particular modules are offered.
The Professional Diploma in Law offers students a choice of modules from our Masters in Law (LLM) programmes, and lectures will be shared with LLM students. In essence, students will 'build' their own unique Professional Diploma in Law, concentrating on the areas of law of most interest or relevance to them, i.e. Human Rights, IP & IT, Criminology & Criminal Justice, etc.
Upon completion of this Diploma, students may apply for the LLM programme, and for those who meet the entrance criteria for the LLM they may then be exempt from some of the LLM modules.
Vision and Values Statement
This 30 credit programme is for professionals with either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in an area of relevance to the subjects they wish to study. The student may tailor the programme to his or her specific professional needs, in terms of the Law modules they select (from among those available in the Masters' programmes offered by the School) at the time at which they are taken.
Students are challenged to think more critically about the social, cultural and political dimensions of the law, as well as the technical aspects of its application. The understanding thereby acquired is relevant to their contribution as citizens in an increasingly wide range of areas, as well as to their chosen careers.
We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others' leadership, teamwork and communication skills, with a special emphasis on the applicability of these in the practice of law.
To these ends, the programme makes intensive use or teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small-group teaching, in class presentations (individual and group) and academic writing.
1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of modules taken
2. Apply that knowledge and understanding in diverse environments
3. Communicate, appropriately, to different audiences