I distinctly remember my first day on campus at UL, attending one of the rites of passage, an open day.
was trying to make up my mind about where I wanted to study law. The campus is awe-inspiring, and the Law School’s reputation precedes it. What pulled me here was the 8-month cooperative education opportunity in the 3rd year that UL has to offer, alongside employment opportunities for law graduates. UL also offers Erasmus and exchange programmes, with more than 40 destinations to choose from, and options as varied as Belgium and Australia. The daunting next step of choosing a university suddenly seemed like a world of opportunity. If I hadn’t needed persuasion beforehand, I certainly didn’t need it afterwards; UL’s opportunities were unparalleled and it was where I was going to go!
Undertaking my Law Plus programme, at UL, I was convinced that I made the right choice of career path to acquire professional legal skills.
I was impressed with the overall academic content and the diverse variety of modules the programme has to offer. The modules not only deepened my knowledge in law but assisted me in furthering my professional career as a lawyer in the commercial world and in my entrepreneurial ventures. Completing the programme assisted me in developing my academic and research credentials alongside my practice of law. It was a great platform to build on my existing economics knowledge from my graduate degree, which will be invaluable to my future career.
The Law Plus programme allowed me to choose elective subjects like economics, politics and history that allowed me to tailor the programme to my own interests. The course also offered various lawyering oriented skill modules that helped me to acquire written and practical legal skills. The Advanced Lawyering module helped me to understand the alternative mechanisms for solving disputes outside the legal system (ADR), which is an increasingly important area in the modern legal profession.
I appreciate how the programme focused both on domestic and international law, specifically, the International Legal Systems module that introduced me to legal systems from all over the world. The class structure was refreshing and the lecturers never made learning seem like a chore. My classes facilitated regular interaction between professors and students, which often led to lively debates on relevant legal issues.
In order to motivate law students, the university offers various scholarships and awards. The Law School has a wide range of connections with reputed law firms like A & L Goodbody Solicitors and Arthur Cox Law Chambers, who offer various awards and prizes to law students for their excellence. In support of international students, the School of Law offers a number of free lectures, introducing students to fundamental areas of the law in Ireland. Further, UL law degrees are internationally recognised. Graduates of Bachelor of Laws (Law Plus) and Bachelor of Arts in Law and Accounting are qualified for admittance to a number of international bar associations including the Indian Bar and New York Bar.
The First 7 weeks’ programme initiated by UL provides strong, enhanced and targeted support to students from the beginning of their university experience. This, combined with the welcome and Induction week helps international students to get introduced to the services on campus. The UL Student Union is a student organisation that also represents and helps students with any problems or issues they might have during their time in college.
The Glucksman Law Library was one of my favourite places to work during my studies at UL – the online databases are incredible and it’s a comfortable place to study. The academic staff and the lecturers are absolute professionals and are very supportive of the students.
The university prides itself on its ability to create employment for graduates. The Cooperative Education and Careers Division, with a network of 1,600 employers, helps more than 2,000 students to secure employment. There is an exceptionally high employment rate for students graduating from the School of Law. For instance, students of Law & Accounting, have an almost perfect 100% employment rate over a 5-year period. The International Division also assists students with their visa application and financial planning.
As a whole, I can say that UL has a student-friendly environment, where students are provided with opportunities and encouragement to explore, learn and grow in their fields of interest. I recommend the Law Plus programme at the UL School of Law to anyone interested in a legal career and deepening their legal knowledge.