Our law degrees (LLB Bachelor of Laws (Law Plus), BA Bachelor of Arts in Law & Accounting, LLB Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), and LLB Bachelor of Laws (Evening Degree)) are recognised by key professional bodies including the Law Society of Ireland and the Honourable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, Ireland. All law degree programmes offered by the School of Law cover the core subjects required for the Law Society of Ireland Final Examination, Part 1, (the entrance exams for the professional practice course required to qualify as a solicitor in Ireland) and are approved degrees for the purpose of Rule 4 of the Education Rules of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. See the page on qualifying as a barrister or a solicitor for more information.
The degrees are, moreover, internationally recognised as qualifying a candidate for admittance to a number of international bar associations including the New York Bar. Students wishing to practice as a solicitor in Northern Ireland or England and Wales are eligible to complete a postgraduate qualification making them eligible to practice in those jurisdictions. Irish qualified solicitors are also eligible to apply to sit the California State Bar Examination.
Legal Practice in Northern Ireland
If students are interested in pursuing a legal career on graduation from the School of Law, University of Limerick, they must complete vocational training in the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, part of Queen's University in Belfast. Our law degrees (LLB Bachelor of Laws (Law Plus), BA Bachelor of Arts in Law & Accounting, LLB Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry), and LLB Bachelor of Laws (Evening Degree)) are recognised law degrees for the purposes of admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and qualification for the legal profession in Northern Ireland. For full details please see https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/becoming-a-solicitor.
Legal Practice in England and Wales
If students are interested in pursuing a legal career in England and Wales on graduation from the School of Law, University of Limerick, they must apply to one of the colleges offering a Legal Practice Course (LPC). Each LPC/CPE course provider will adjudicate to what extent your law degree will receive exemptions. This is traditionally a popular route for UL law graduates with a number going into practice in the England and Wales each year. For Legal Practice Course providers see the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.
Legal Practice in India
In January 2018, the Bar Council of India, adopting resolution No 222/2017, recognised, under section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act 1961, law degrees awarded by the School of Law, University of Limerick, for the purpose of enrolment as an advocate in India subject to Bar Council of India rules. Internationally, the School of Law, University of Limerick has secured recognition of UL Law programmes (specifically Law Plus and Law and Accounting) by the Bar Council of India thereby allowing UL law graduates to practice law in India. The University of Limerick is one of only two Law Schools in Ireland to offer this recognition. For more information on practicing law in India, students should visit the Bar Council of India website.
Legal Practice in New York
Students who complete their law degree in UL are eligible to apply to sit the New York Bar exam, which entitles candidates to practise as an attorney in New York upon successful completion. Details on the application process is available here: The New York State Board of Law Examiners.