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International Recognition of UL Law Degrees

Our University of Limerick law degrees are recognised by key professional bodies, nationally and internationally.

Ireland

In Ireland, our degrees 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). For further information on qualifying as a solicitor you can visit the Law Society or our page on qualifying as a barrister or solicitor

Our degrees are approved degrees for the purpose of Rule 4 of the Education Rules of the Honorable Society of Kings Inns, Dublin, Ireland. Applicants for this degree must also have passed certain core subjects in their law degrees and must pass an entrance examination. For more information on the entry requirements, examinations, and details on becoming a Barrister-at-Law in Ireland, students should visit the Honorable Society of King's Inns website. 

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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 websiteIndia Bar Council

Read about Pavan Ramaswamy's experience as one of our Law graduates, now pursuing a career in Law in India. 

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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.

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As per part 520 of the rules and regulations for the admission of attorneys and counsellors at law to the New York Bar (22 CRR-NY 520.3), in order to apply for the New York Bar exams, students must ensure that they have sufficient credits in scheduled classroom courses in Law  (currently this requires 64 US credits which roughly translates to 120 ECTS credits) and a  minimum of 83 credit hours (US)  is required for graduation, including substantial instruction in substantive and procedural law and professional skills (this would equate with 166 ECTS).  Credit may be granted toward the US 83 credit hours required for graduation for field placement programmes or externships but such credit may not be counted toward the 64 US credits in scheduled classroom courses.  Any coop placement should be a relevant legal placement. These rules are current through February 28, 2019. They are, however, subject to change, and students/graduates are advised to check for updates/amendments on New York Bar exam website. Applications are made on a case by case basis. If you have any questions about how the Rules affect your particular situation, you should visit their website, www.nybarexam.org or write to New York State Board of Law Examiners, Corporate Plaza - Building 3, 254 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY  12203-5195.

Read about Lisa Collins' experience of pursuing a career in New York.

Note, Irish qualified solicitors are also eligible to apply to sit the California State Bar Examination

 

Canada

The School of Law welcomes students from Canada each year. In addition, a number of Irish students also chose to practice in Canada on graduation. The National Committee on Accreditation (the NCA) is the body tasked with assessing the legal education credentials of individuals trained outside of Canada who intend to apply for admission to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction.

The NCA applies a uniform standard on a national basis so that applicants with common law qualifications obtained outside of Canada do not need to satisfy different entrance standards to practise law in the different common law provinces and territories of Canada. When the NCA assessment is complete, a letter is sent to each applicant describing any further legal education that may be required. Most applicants are required to demonstrate competence in a number of subjects. Applicants may demonstrate competence by applying to a law school in Canada to complete the remaining courses or they can complete self-study using the syllabus provided by the NCA. The tests are organized 4 times a year on a pass/fail basis.

Every Law graduate who has studied outside of Canada must complete the 5 exams of Canadian content: Foundations of Canadian Law; Canadian Constitutional Law; Canadian Criminal Law; Canadian Administrative Law; Canadian Professional Responsibility.

Subject to limited qualifications, the following general guidelines apply:

  • If a student completes the 2 year Graduate Entry LLB programme at the University of Limerick and achieves a 2:2 degree, they will have to complete the 5 mandatory exams listed above, plus another 2 assigned by the NCA.
  • If a student completes one of our 4 year law programmes (Law Plus or Law and Accounting) and achieves a 2:2 degree and
    • they already had at least 2 years at university before entering Law School, they will only have to do the 5 mandatory exams; or
    • they have less than 2 years at university before entering Law School, they will have to do the 5 mandatory exams, plus another 2 assigned by the NCA.

Once the applicant has successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification. Students are advised to contact the NCA for the most up to date information.

If you require any assistance in making an application to practice in any of the above jurisdictions, the School of Law, University of Limerick, is happy to help.

Other International Options

It is important to also remember that many law graduates use their degree internationally to pursue highly successful careers in a range of diverse fields, from diplomacy to research, advocacy to financial services. Read about Raymond Holian’s experience of pursuing a career as an Investment Compliance Officer with an international hedge fund company in New York.


Did You Know?

International students have recently voted UL as providing the best student experience, best student support and best welcome. Votes were from more than 5,000 international students currently studying across Ireland’s seven universities.