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Master your future in law

Master of Laws (General) LLM

What does your law career look like? You might want to go into practice as a solicitor or barrister, or dream of becoming a legal researcher – but what if you are not ready to choose the precise branch of law you will specialise in? 

The Master of Laws (General) LLM could be the perfect postgraduate course for you. The course will give you the best of both worlds with the freedom to design your own programme and the ability to specialise in niche areas. With a vast range of electives to choose from, the LLM (General) puts the power in your hands.

Electives include International Criminal Law, International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, Advanced Family Law and Regulatory Crime. UL’s School of Law has an unparalleled standard of teaching – the school was crowned the ‘AIB Irish Law School of the Year 2017’, while the LLM (General) itself was named the ‘GradIreland Postgraduate Course of the Year in Law for 2018’.

The UL School of Law has also been awarded  a DELTA award from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning which  recognises the value of teaching at a national level.

“Students can tailor the content of their course from a range of modules –there is no area of law missing. They can also design their own timetables to fit around work or family commitments.”

Course Director
Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan

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Flexible course model

Students have the flexibility to design their own Masters programme and to trial the different fields of law, while still specialising and studying at a higher level. With a focus on problem-solving, decision-making, communication, teamwork, planning, critical thinking and human relations skills, graduates will gain all the soft and hard skills they’ll need to work in the field.

Hanagh Byrne, 2017 graduate and PwC Trainee, found the flexibility to be invaluable to her development: “I really appreciated the flexibility of the module choice, which enabled me to pursue my strengths and interests.”

Award-winning lecturers

UL take a hands-on, engaged approach to teaching, as the University experience should reflect real-life practice.

Barrister and 2017 graduate, Kevin Bowen, says: “The striking features of this programme is the great care given to self-development, coupled with the excellent quality of lecturing. Classes are interactive and involve the right mix of lecturing and class discussion that heightens effective learning.”

To enhance learning, high-profile legal experts and practitioners are invited to the school to provide guest lectures, including, among others, US Attorney Dean Strang (of Making a Murderer fame) and Mr Justice John Edwards (Irish Court of Appeal). On top of that, lecturers from the School of Law have been consistently shortlisted for UL’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Focus on employability

UL has consistently maintained its position as number one for employability in Ireland, and is one of three Irish universities to make it into the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017.

The School of Law regularly works with the legal stakeholders including practitioners, government departments, NGOs, and other bodies. In conjunction with the UL Careers Division it has also designed a bespoke ‘Mastering your Employability’ workshop for the LLM (General) course. Students are trained on psychometric testing and CV development, and are given mock interviews with the biggest law firms in Ireland.

It’s no surprise then that UL’s Law graduates have ended up as partners in major law firms, in the EU, at the Bar, in senior roles in government, in NGOs, and in academia. A recent study of 2015 graduates of the LLM revealed that 100 percent of graduates were in professional employment.

International reputation 

The LLM (General) course has strong international links and is hugely popular with international students, which is a credit to UL’s reputation abroad. Every year, students enjoy international education and work placements in Europe, the USA, Canada and China.

Plus, students on the LLM (General) are regularly given the opportunity to complete a two-week immersion programme in Asia, where they study in a top-10 Chinese University, Sichuan University, along with students and lecturers from a range of prestigious institutions including MIT, Harvard and many more.

Whether you want a national or international focus, UL’s LLM (General) will give you the hands-on experience you need to get ahead in your career.  

Talk to Kathryn

For academic queries on this programme contact:

Course Director, Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan
School of Law,

Tel: 353 61 202533
Email:  kathryn.osullivan@ul.ie

Graduate Profiles

Hanagh Byrne, LLM General, Class of 2016/2017

“I recently completed the LLM (General) at the School of Law, University of Limerick. Having received my undergraduate BCL degree from University College Cork, I was eager to reap the benefits which a different third level institution would be able to offer for my postgraduate studies. The University of Limerick was highly recommended by both my peers and family members and I therefore decided to pursue my studies as a student of UL. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the LLM (General) course. I appreciated the flexibility of module choice and the breadth of the course which enabled me to pursue my strengths and interests in different areas of law. The faculty remained enthusiastic and attentive throughout the year and always made the time to provide both academic and personal support as needed. The course also offered extra professional development modules on Mastering your Employability. These modules helped ensure that we remained focused throughout the year as to our future career goals and provided a valuable insight for students on many aspects of career development.

I am now undertaking a tax traineeship with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and will be forever grateful for the contribution which the LLM (General) and the School of Law, University of Limerick, have made to my academic career”.

Abdlwahab Al Mobayed, LLM General, Class of 2016/2017

“Studying a Master of Laws at the University of Limerick was one of the best chances I have ever had. It was honestly greater than I expected. It built the skills I need to succeed in my future career, not to mention the self-confidence I have gained. The LLM General course has given me the skills and knowledge for a successful career and has increased my ability to present myself, my skills, my knowledge and my experience effectively. I found the Professional Development modules which focused on developing students’ employability to be especially helpful. However, more than anything, the School of Law School is the perfect, friendly, environment for international students. I felt there were no barriers between lecturers and students. I can't forget the warm welcome we received in the first week and the meetings we had with Professor Kilcommins and Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan. I had a wonderful experience!’

Programme Content

This degree can be taken on a full time or a part time basis. Full time students complete the programme over a period of 12 months by taking four modules in both the autumn and spring semesters, before completing a dissertation during the summer semester.  Part- time students complete the programme over a 24 month period by taking two modules in both the autumn and spring semesters of each year, before completing a dissertation in the summer semester of the second year. The module selection for each semester will be by agreement with the Course Director.

The topic for a student’s dissertation is determined during the spring semester, supervised by a faculty member, and submitted at the end of the summer semester.

Autumn Semester  Spring Semester Summer Semester
LA6001 Advanced Legal Research Skills

Three Electives From*

LA6031 Law of International Trade Organisations

LA6021 Law of International Business Associations

LA5153 Comparative International Protection of Human Rights Law

LA6011 International Business Transactions

LA6111 Criminal Justice Processes and Sentencing

LA6121 Law of the European Convention of Human Rights

LA6051 Penology and Victimology

LM6162 Regulatory Crime

LA6061 Contemporary Challenges in Medical Law and Ethics

LA6002 Dissertation Methodology

Three Electives From*

LA6022 Counter Terrorism Law and International Business

LA6032 Global Competition Law

LA6042 International Labour Law

LA6062 Comparative & European Criminal Justice

LA6102 Law of Credit and Security

LA6112 International Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

LA6132 International Criminal Law

LA6142 Policing and Human Rights

LA4052 Criminology

LA6082 International Perspectives on Property Law

LA 6072 International Tort Law and Business 

LA6172 Advanced Family Law: Standpoint and Rights-Based Perspectives


Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Entry Requirements

A second class honours in an undergraduate law degree or in another primary degree in which the legal component accounts for at least 50% of the whole programme (Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) will be required for enrolment on this Masters programme. In exceptional circumstances an applicant who cannot satisfy the undergraduate requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice. 

Course Title

Law (General) LLM


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