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Awards & Scholarships

The School of Law at the University of Limerick offers scholarships and prizes to both undergraduate and postgraduate students as an excellent opportunity and motivation to its Law students. Winning any one of these prizes and scholarships will greatly enhance your CV and we are all very grateful to the sponsors of these prizes for their altruism and generosity. Most of these awards and scholarships have been put in place by former Head of School, Sinead Eaton, and if you have any questions about any of them, do not hesitate to contact her; she is also the liaison with sponsors and co-ordinates selection and prize-giving.

Below are details on all the awards and how to apply for them.

Postgraduate Scholarships

PhD Funding Opportunities

For the 2021/2022 academic year, the School of Law is delighted to offer one Postgraduate Research Fellowship, the 'Honourable Mr. Justice John Murray, PhD Fellowship' for doctoral research students, in any area of law. This scholarship entails an EU fee waiver plus a €5000 stipend for one year initially, up to a maximum of 3 years subject to successful academic progress. 
 The School of Law also offers two fee awards, which, individually, comprise an EU fee waiver in return for up to five hours research support/tutoring per week for ten weeks of each semester.
Full details of these scholarships and fee waivers can be found on the AHSS blog.
Each year funding opportunities are processed by AHSS under the auspices of the Assistant Dean for Research (ADR). 
Both AHSS and the School of Law scholarship applications are processed by AHSS and successful applications are then approved by the AHSS Postgraduate Course Board (which consists of the ADR and the Director of Postgraduate Studies from each School/Department within AHSS).
LLM Funding Opportunities
The School of Law is delighted to offer one half-fee waiver award to one candidate on each of the School's LLM (General) and LLM (International Commercial Law) taught postgraduate degrees for the academic year 2021/2022. In order to be eligible for the award, students must be accepted (or conditionally accepted) onto a Taught Masters in the School of Law at UL, have attained a very good primary degree (level 8) or equivalent. Click the following for the brochure and the application form.

Postgraduate Scholarship LLM International Commercial Law 

Eversheds Sutherland Solicitors, an international corporate law firm, offers a very generous scholarship to the student registering for the LLM in International Commercial Law in September with the highest undergraduate Law degree award.

Prize giving: Autumn semester

Funded by: Eversheds, Solicitors


Further information on how to fund your postgraduate degree can be found here:


Undergraduate Award

                Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP,

 Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP has for many years now offered a very generous award to a UL Law student. This scholarship will be awarded to the Law student on the Access programme who is awarded the highest QCA at the end of the autumn exams for academic year 2021/2022 (and who is not in receipt of any other scholarship).

 A prize of approximately €2,000 to €2,500 will be presented to that Access Law student.

Prize giving Spring semester or as decided by Holmes O’Malley Sexton LL

Funded by  Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP endowment plan plus Holmes O’Malley Sexton LLP cash

Contact Mr. Harry Fehily, Managing Partner or Mr. Donal Creaton, Partner


Judge Catherine McGuinness Prize

An alumnus of the School of Law generously offered an annual prize of €300 to students enrolled on the Law Plus degree programme and honoured the former judge by naming the award after her. 

The prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest marks based on the two clinical skills modules – Introduction to Lawyering I and II.

Prize giving: Autumn semester

Funded by: The School of Law has taken over the funding of this prize at €100 but hopes other alumni will finance it in the future.


Matheson Solicitors 

A premier international firm with headquarters in Dublin, Matheson Solicitors provides a great opportunity for first year law students who can win a monetary amount. There are student prizes for the highest marks over two Contract Law modules; 1st and 2nd prizes are awarded.

Prize giving: Autumn semester

Funded by:  Matheson Solicitors


Arthur Cox Participation Prizes 

Students are eligible to apply for the prizes on the basis of third year end of Autumn exam results in Law and Accounting, or end of second year exam results (Summer) in Law Plus. 

The eligibility criteria are:

  1. QCA 3.3 or higher in Law Plus after the summer second year exams and in Law and Accounting after third year autumn exams AND
  2.  evidence of a significant contribution to UL life. The contribution should have some commercial, organisational, or legacy element.

A shortlist will be compiled of students who achieve the required grade and the Law School Office will contact the eligible candidates in early January  for Law and Accounting and in Autumn for Law Plus. The Selection panel will be made up of an Arthur Cox representative and the Head of School of Law, UL.

Prize giving: Autumn and Spring semesters

Funded by:  Arthur Cox Solicitors 


Mason Hayes & Curran, Solicitors – Company Law Prize 

The student who completes modules LA4530 and LA4540 with the highest grades will win €500 from this business law firm.

Prize giving: Summer / Autumn

Funded by: Mason Hayes & Curran, Solicitors


A & L Goodbody Solicitors Prizes 

The law student who completes first year with the highest academic grades will win an iPad (or similar tablet PC) – very useful and great fun!

The student (from Law Plus or Law and Acc) who finishes second year law with the top marks in Law subjects will win an amount of €500 from this firm.

Prize giving: Autumn semester

Funded by: A&L Goodbody


Bloomsbury Labour Law Prize

Bloomsbury publishing offer a prize of a credit with the publishing company to the student who achieves the highest grade in Labour Law.

Prize giving: Spring semester

Funded by: Bloomsbury Professional


Sweeney McGann Solicitors LLB Evening Programme Award 

Limerick based firm, Sweeney McGann, offered a prize to the first year LLB Evening students. The student who completes the first year of the LLB Evening programme with the highest grades will receive an O’Mahony’s bookshop token to the value of €250 on foot of the generosity of this firm. 

Prize giving: Autumn semester

Funded by: Sweeney McGann, Solicitors


For information regarding all scholarships and awards please contact Sinead Eaton at