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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 Photograph of a trophy with the team holding it reflected on the 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

Each year the School of Law offers one scholarship (comprising an annual €5,000 stipend plus fee waiver) and two fee waivers for PhD students. School funding is for three years.

Valid and available in respect of academic year 2017/18 save where * appears.

The School of Law also offers two half-fee waiver scholarships for each of the three LLM programmes (i.e. two for LLM general, two for LLM International Commercial Law, and two for LLM MA Human Rights in Criminal Justice). This is the first year these scholarships have been awarded.

Each year funding opportunities are processed by AHSS under the auspices of the Assistant Dean for Research (ADR). 

A call for Research/PhD applications for scholarships is issued each spring with a detailed email including application instructions; applicants must submit their completed online application form to AHSS. 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).

Each year there will be five Law scholarships as follows:

School of Law:

1 x Stipend (€5,000 annual maintenance payment) plus EU Fee Waiver

2 x EU Fee Waiver 


1 x Fee Waiver

1 x .6 Fee Waiver (i.e. the applicant will need to pay the remaining .4 fees.)


Postgraduate Scholarship LLM International Commercial Law Logo for Eversheds Sutherland

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 degree award.

Prize giving: Autumn semester

Funded by: Eversheds, Solicitors


Undergraduate Awards

Holmes O’Logo for Holmes O'Malley Sexton SolicitorsMalley Sexton, Solicitors 

The Limerick based firm of Holmes O’Malley Sexton has for many years now offered a very generous award to the final year law student who begins their final year with the highest marks.  A prize of approximately €2,500 is presented to that final year law student.

Prize giving: Autumn semester or as decided by Holmes O’Malley Sexton

Funded by:  HOMS endowment plan plus HOMS cash


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 alumnus funded this for 3 years.

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 but hopes other alumni will finance it for a year.


Matheson Solicitors Matheson solicitors logo.

A premier firm, 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. 

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 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 

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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!

A&L Goodbody logo

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

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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 

Sweeney McGann logo

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 

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