Our flagship LL.M programme offers students the opportunity for postgraduate study where they can select modules from a substantial list of modules covering the disparate branches of law. Students can focus on public law or private law modules or may take a selection of both. A student might thus decide to learn about Information Technology Law, Financial Services Law, Aviation Law or International Arbitration while at the same time availing of the opportunity to study Islamic Law, the Chinese Legal System, Corporate Governance or International Humanitarian Law.
Students must select six such modules and must also complete a 25,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. This is the perfect programme for students who wish to design their own programme or for students who do not wish to be overly specialised in their postgraduate studies preferring instead to broaden their knowledge base and to enhance their legal qualifications.
The LL.M. degree 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 utilized in the different modules. Where modules are assessed by way of examination, as 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 end of June.
Having successfully completed this programme, students should be able to:
- Identify, evaluate and synthesise jurisprudential theories and concepts 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;
- Critically analyse the interplay between law and social change in a variety of different contexts;
- Conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary at both national and international levels at a level appropriate to masters graduates;
- Demonstrate the capacity to conduct effective research and to present the fruits of that research in a coherent and compelling manner.
- Discuss and debate different perspectives on legal problems, theories and doctrines;
- Communicate effectively in oral and written modes in professional and academic settings and work effectively in multi-disciplinary settings;
- Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing social, cultural and technological environment;
- Have the capacity to engage in life-long learning, including vocational training for the legal profession.
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 award 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