With the increased globalisation of the last twenty years and, even earlier, with the rise to prominence of the international human rights movement, there has been the impetus for students of all nationalities towards studying areas of law with a broad international and comparative focus. In the LL.M. (International and Comparative Law) we offer students the chance to study from a large range of modules with a broad international and comparative law feel - many of which relate, unsurprisingly to international and regional human rights.
LL.M. (International and Comparative Law) Modules
We offer a very extensive and diverse range of modules on this programme. At least two modules must be chosen from the list of Section A modules set out below each semester (four in total). The remaining two modules may be chosen from either Section A or Section B modules set out below. Each module is worth 10 ECTS credits.
Students must also complete a Research Dissertation (30 ECTS)
*The Law School reserves the right to vary the following list and, in particular, the right to withdraw and add modules. Note that timetabling considerations may also restrict choice.
The LL.M. (International and Comparative Law) is taught over a period of one academic year, commencing in September. The year is divided into two semesters during each of which students are required to take three modules. Each module is offered in one semester only and involves 22 hours of classwork.
Various forms of assessment are utilised in the different modules. Where modules are assessed by way of examination, s the examinations are scheduled at the end of each semester, in January and April/May. Students may be required to take Supplemental examinations in late August/early September. In addition, all students must complete a research dissertation over the academic year on an approved theme under the supervision of a member of the School's academic staff. These dissertations must be submitted on or before the end of June.
Having successfully completed this programme, students should be able to:
- Identify, evaluate and synthesise jurisprudential theories and concepts as they apply to international and comparative law at a level appropriate to masters graduates;
- Use appropriate legal theories, doctrines and concepts to identify, formulate, analyse and solve legal problems within national and international contexts;
- Engage meaningfully in comparative legal research using mature comparative law methodology;
- Critically analyse the interplay between law and social change in a variety of different contexts as they pertain to international and comparative law;
- Conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary in areas pertaining to international and comparative law at both national and international levels at a level appropriate to masters graduates;
- Communicate effectively in oral and written modes in professional and academic settings and work effectively in multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional settings;
- Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing, social, cultural and international environment; and
- Demonstrate the capacity to conduct effective research and to present the fruits of that research in a coherent and compelling manner.
European Credit Transfers (ECTS)
Students reading for any taught masters law degree at Trinity College Dublin must study 90 ECTs over the duration of the year-long programme. Generally, this entails 60 ECTs worth of taught modules and 30 ECTS for the written dissertation. Each module on the LL.M. programmes awards 10 ECTS. The ECTS weighting for a module is a measure of the student input or workload required for that module, based on factors such as the number of contact hours, the number and length of written or verbally presented assessment exercises, class preparation and private study time, classes, and examinations. There is no intrinsic relationship between the credit volume of a module and its level of difficulty.In Trinity College Dublin, 1 ECTS unit is defined as 20-25 hours of student input so a 10-credit module will be designed to require 200-250 hours of student input including class contact time, private study and assessments.
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Last updated November 10, 2017