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Law - Graduate Entry

The LLB (Graduate Entry) programme is a two year full-time programme specifically designed to provide a legal education to graduates in disciplines other than law. Graduates from any discipline other than law may apply and no prior legal knowledge is necessary. Entry is competitive and the minimum entry requirement is a 2nd class honours grade 2 undergraduate degree.

The programme is ideally suited to graduates who wish to supplement their primary studies with a legal education or to graduates who are seeking a career change. The programme is also available to graduates who have studied law in a country where the legal system is not a common law system, i.e. the dominant system in countries including Ireland, England and Wales, Australia, and the United States of America.

All law subjects required by the Irish professional bodies, the Law Society and the Kings Inns, are covered in full over the course of this programme.

On successful completion of the programme, candidates are awarded an LLB degree.

Programme Content
In each semester students take five modules; each module is taught through lectures (two per module per week), and generally a tutorial for each module is held every fortnight. Graduate Entry students attend lectures with the undergraduate law students. Five core modules are taken in the first semester of year 1; three core modules are taken in the second semester, together with two electives. In the second year, students choose five elective modules in each semester.

Entry requirements

Primary degree or equivalent in a discipline other than law (Primary Degree: Level 8 - QQI). Places are generally offered to students with a minimum of a 2.2 (2nd class honours grade 2) undergraduate degree, however entry is competitive and depending on the number of applications a higher grade 2.1 (2nd class honours grade1) in the undergraduate degree may be required to secure a place.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based)
• IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5* for Business, Arts, Humanities or Education programmes. Minimum score of 6.0* for Science, Engineering, Informatics or Electronics programmes *with no less than 6 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6


2 years full time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The programme aims to equip students with the substantive knowledge and analytical and transferable skills necessary to pursue a successful career in law. The programme also provides the foundations for further doctoral research in both private and public law.

Further enquiries

Course Director
Laura Donnellan
Tel: +353 (0) 61 213247

Subjects taught

Year 1
Semester 1
LM4330 Constitutional Law 1
LA4310 Law of Torts 1
LA4001 Legal Systems & Methods
LA4111 Contract Law 1
LA4211 Criminal Law 1

Semester 2
LM4440 Constitutional Law 2
LA4122 Contract Law 2
LA4222 Criminal Law 2

Choose 2 Elective Modules:
LA4002 Jurisprudence,
LA4320 Law of Torts 2,
LA4922 Sport and The Law,
LA4039 Comparative Legal Systems,
LA4022 Commercial Law,
LA4042 Administrative Law.

Year 2
Semester 3
Choose 5 electives from the following:
LA4530 Company Law 1
LA4810 Equity and Trusts 1
LA4610 Land Law 1
LA4033 Law of European Union 1
LA4082 Law of Evidence
LA4035 Labour Law
LP4203 Project 1

Semester 4
Choose 5 electives from the following:
LA4002 Jurisprudence
LA4320 Law of Torts 2
LA4922 Sport and the Law
LA4039 Comparative Legal Systems
LA4022 Commercial Law
LA4042 Administrative Law
LA4044 Law of European Union 2
LA4540 Company Law 2
LA4828 Equity and Trusts 2
LA4620 Land Law 2
LP4204 Project 2

(not to include modules already taken in Semester 1)


The LLB (Graduate Entry) is a two-year, full-time programme (level 8, QQI) that provides a legal education for graduates in disciplines other than law. The programme is ideally suited to graduates who wish to supplement their primary studies with a legal education or to graduates who are seeking a career change. The programme is also available to graduates who have studied law in a country where the legal system is not a common law system, i.e. the dominant system in countries including Ireland, England and Wales, Australia, and the United States of America.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

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