For centuries, if not millennia, Law has been one of the most popular and widely respected courses to study at university. Over the years, the respectability and esteem with which a Law degree is held has not wavered. Law graduates around the world remain highly valued by employers not only in the legal sphere but in a wide range of diverse fields including banking and finance, commerce, politics, civil service, social work, journalism, and management to name but a few.
The School of Law at the University of Limerick delivers three flagship interdisciplinary undergraduate Law programmes: Law Plus, Criminal Justice and Law and Accounting. All programmes, which run over four years, are specifically designed to ensure students gain the maximum from their Law degree. Conscious of the ever-evolving role of Law and lawyers, Law Plus, Criminal Justice and Law and Accounting adopt an interdisciplinary approach that allows students to combine the benefits of a traditional law degree with an understanding of other disciplines. "How exactly does this work?" you might ask. Well, in addition to gaining an insight into a range of core Law modules including Criminal Law, Property Law, Contract Law, and Constitutional Law, from academic staff who are internationally recognised as experts in their fields, students are able to study Accounting as part of the dual Law and Accounting degree or, alternatively, may choose from a range of minor subjects as part of Law Plus and Criminal Justice. This exposure to key concepts and principles of another discipline helps to contextualise the study of Law for our students and refine their knowledge of the wider world.
Yet, in an increasingly competitive labour market, it is equally clear that mere knowledge alone is no longer enough to secure employment. With this in mind, we have a long and sustained commitment to "Law in action" which has ensured our students get vital clinical legal experience with prestigious employers such as A&L Goodbody, HOMS Solicitors, Matheson Solicitors, Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors, Arthur Cox Solicitors, LK Shields Solicitors, William Fry Solicitors, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Maples FS, Grant Thornton, EY, Glanbia, Vistakon, Allianz Ireland, Legal Aid Board, and GECAS.
We also strongly encourage our students to undertake an international education experience during the completion of their degree. Many of our students travel to our international partner Law Schools for either one or two semesters. In Europe, students may choose to study in countries such as Germany, France, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, and the Netherlands while they may also undertake study in our North American partner Law Schools in Texas, Massachusetts, and British Columbia.
Such clinical and international education experiences, when combined with our commitment to developing students’ transferrable skills though project work, mooting, and innovative assessments, contribute significantly to the educational journey of our students and maximise their employability. In this context, it is not surprising therefore that we count among our graduates, partners in prestigious law firms, partners in major accounting firms, barristers, senior government officials, EU officials, internationally well-respected academics, and leaders in private industry. So, whether you are keen to pursue a traditional law career as a solicitor or barrister or wish to secure a strong qualification on which you can build a career of your choice, a Law degree may be just for you.
The transferable problem-solving, decision-making, communication, teamwork, planning, and critical thinking skills that you develop in the completion of your degree will be highly valued by a range of employers and ensure you give yourself the best possible springboard for a successful career in life.
Dr John Lombard, Lecturer, School of Law
Please see our new video on the benefits of studying Law at UL.
For further information please contact Dr Lombard by email at John.email@example.com.
The following video gives a 15-minute overview of the three undergraduate programmes offered by the School of Law at UL: Law Plus, Law and Accounting, and Criminal Justice.
The second video shows the benefits of studying a law degree at UL.
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