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Institution / Waterford Institute of Technology

Law

The LL.M. (Master of Laws) is an advanced qualification for law graduates and legal professionals. The programme has been designed in consultation with law professionals in the South-East and beyond to develop specialist legal knowledge which is vital to an evolving legal landscape.

The inclusion of cutting-edge modules including social network law, mediation, media law, financial regulation, and insolvency law together with advanced modules on probate law, medical malpractice law and white collar crime will contribute to both the academic and professional development of the participant in an increasingly competitive market.

Professional lawyers operating in the South-East region will have the opportunity to earn Continuous Professional Development points.

Unique Features

Most LL.M. programmes in Ireland have tended to be academically driven as opposed to being influenced by developments in practice. The LLM at WIT is different and takes cognizance of developments within the profession and the larger legal context. The modules on offer therefore include contemporary topics such as social network law, competition law, cyber crime, insolvency, financial regulation, media law and mediation.

These are combined with advanced modules in Probate Law and Practice, the Law and Practice of Personal Representatives and Medical Law. All modules are both academic and of practical importance.

Modules such as Financial Regulation, Social Network Law, Probate Law and Practice and the Law and Practice of Personal Representatives are unique modules to this LL.M. programme and are not delivered on other general LL.M. programmes in the Republic of Ireland.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

•The standard entry requirement for admission to the LL.M programme will be an undergraduate level 8 recognised law degree with applicants holding at least a Second Class Honours (Grade 1) degree being given priority. Candidates holding a Second Class Honours (Grade 2) may be admitted on a sui generis basis.

•Candidates presenting without these qualifications but with relevant and substantial experience may be considered for entry via the Institute’s RPL process on a case-by-case basis.

•The Institute welcomes applications from suitably qualified international applicants.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details, in addition to the appropriate Law qualification.

Duration

1 year Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

The programme has been designed for Law degree graduates, for those working within the legal profession or for those with a professional background in Law. It is anticipated that the additional expertise accumulated through the LLM will make graduates more employable within the profession.

Follow On Study / Personal Development

Graduates may wish to pursue research programmes at Masters and PhD level in Law and related areas.

Further enquiries

Ms. Grainne Callanan
Lecturer in Company and Insolvency Law
Tel: 051 302 265
Email: GCALLANAN@wit.ie

Subjects taught

The LL.M is a 90 credit Masters programme consisting of 60 credits of taught modules and a 30 credit dissertation. The course is available full time. Elements of the course may be taken as stand-alone awards with separate accreditation. These are indicated below.

Legal Research Methodology/Advanced Methodology
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law (Advanced Legal Research Methodology)

Corporate Insolvency Law
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law Corporate Insolvency Law)

Mediation

Probate Law and Practice
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law (Probate Law and Practice

White Collar Crime

Cyber Crime / Social Network Law
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law (Cyber Crime)

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Rights of the Accused

Media Law and Freedom of Expression
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law (Media Law and Freedom of Expression)

Medical Malpractice Law and related Ethical Issues
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law (Medical Malpractice and related Ethical Issues)

Financial Regulation
Available also as a stand-alone award, Certificate in Law (Financial Regulation)

Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Desistance

Rights of Crime Victims

Dissertation

Not all modules will be offered every year.

Students who complete 60 credits on the programme may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Law.

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