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Postgraduate Programmes

Welcome from the Director of Postgraduate Studies 

Choosing where to undertake postgraduate studies can be a life-changing decision that profoundly influences the rest of your academic life and, indeed, your career.

If you choose to do so with the School of Law, UL, you will have the support of our large and vibrant community of postgraduate students (64 LLM students and 27 PhD students were registered in November 2017) and outstanding faculty who are international experts in their fields. The School of Law houses three very active centres of research, creating a stimulating research environment: the Centre for Crime, Justice, and Victim Studies, the International Commercial and Economic Law Group (ICEL), and the Research Cluster for Understanding Emotions in Society (CUES). For more information see the following links on how to apply and an expression of interest form.

Our unique Taught LLM programmes are structured to meet industry demands.As a result, UL can boast an exceptional employment rate that has been higher than the national average for third-level institutions for over 10 years.

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This award-wining LLM (Postgraduate Course of the Year in Law at the GradIreland Higher Education Awards) will enhance your transferrable skills and knowledge in a variety of legal subjects. The range of subject choice allows you to develop your unique career profile. The GradIreland judges said this LLM is an "Excellent course with fantastic stakeholder collaborations and a strong focus on employability."

Master of Laws/Master of Arts in Human Rights in Criminal Justice

This programme will give you an understanding of the interaction between human rights and criminal justice in the 21st century with an emphasis on studying the legal actors, supervisory bodies, and institutions central to the field. 

Master of Laws in International Commercial Law

A very successful programme, the LLM in International Commercial Law allows law graduates to specialise in commercial law in multi-jurisdictional scenarios. The programme offers core commercial law modules and guest lectures by practitioners to compliment your academic experience. 

The School of Law provides excellent resources for those undertaking an LLM or a PhD by Research.

To get an idea of the research topics you can read about our current LLM students. Each research student is entitled to a desk and computer in a dedicated Postgraduate Centre with an administrator and access to world-class library facilities. There are valuable scholarship opportunities and students also have access to a fund for travel to conferences and/or fieldwork (max €800). Throughout the year research seminars, workshops, and winter and summer schools are run providing postgraduate students with essential research skills. Download the Research Brochure. The application process is outlined on the How to Apply page and you can also download an expression of interest form.

If you want to get a first-hand account of what it is like to do a PhD in the School of Law, follow the link to listen to Hope Davidson speak about her experience of doing a PhD in the University of Limerick. We also have a brochure on some of the postgraduate courses available here at the School of Law. 

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Dr Alan Cusack
Lecturer Below the Bar
Director of Postgraduate Studies


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