New Masters' Degrees

The Diploma Centre's New Year programme of Masters' degrees comprises the well-received LLM Advanced Legal Practice as well as a new LLM Employment Law in Practice.

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LLM in Experiential Learning and Practice

The Law Society of Ireland will join with Charles University and Palacký University on this dynamic LLM in Experiential Learning and Practice programme targeted at lawyers, learning and development professions and legal educators who would benefit from a deeper understanding of innovative and effective experiential learning and teaching methods. This unique collaboration brings together an international teaching faculty and a number of well-respected institutions. Charles University in the heart of Europe combines solid tradition with modern innovations.

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This course has been postponed and will run in September 2020.

Programme structure

The first part of the programme focuses on effective, interactive learning and teaching with an emphasis, depending on the background and needs of programme participants, on legal education but covering broader experiential earning theory that even non-lawyers may find instructive. The second part looks at a range of options that should enable aspirant, or current, lawyers to learn, teach and practice to optimum effect in a legal context. At the end of the first semester all students on this course will have studied and put into practice the key elements of ‘clinical’ education.

Audience

This course is suitable for qualified lawyers including solicitors, barristers, and trainees. It will also benefit law firm learning and developing practitioners, new or more senior academics, lecturers, instructors, tutors or anyone with an active, guiding, role in education.

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LLM Advanced Legal Practice 

Our LLM Advanced Legal Practice is offered in association with the Northumbria Law School and is specifically designed for those who are qualified solicitors.  Uniquely the LLM provides you with the opportunity of using your solicitor qualification as a building block to achieve recognised academic qualifications.  In summary, the award requires 180 credits and your solicitor qualification already provides 120 points towards this.  A research based dissertation then makes up the remaining 60 points required.  

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Programme structure 

Building upon your solicitor qualification, the programme provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialised area of law. Candidates undertake in-depth study of an agreed legal topic under individual tutor supervision. The programme will start with an Induction day  and is taught primarily through distance learning, with supervisors predominantly based in the Law Society. The programme lasts for up to two years, a timescale designed to allow students flexibility to complete the LLM in keeping with their work commitments.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. You will begin by attending a course induction day onsite in the Law Society, during which the Legal Research and Study Skills unit of the programme will be introduced.  This unit is not assessed but is designed to update your writing and research skills. For the remainder of the programme, you will complete a dissertation of between 15,000-17,000 words. The project is the sole assessed element of the programme.  The topic of study is of your choosing, but generally must relate to an area of Irish law and there must be an appropriate tutor available to support you. The possibility also exists of you choosing a topic relating to international jurisdictions if there is internal expertise to supervise the topic.

Audience

Applicants must either be:

  • qualified as a solicitor in this jurisdiction, or  
  • enrolled on the PPC at the same time as they enrol to the LLM Advanced Legal Practice and be expected to complete their training within the academic year.  Any student enrolled on the PPC at the same time as the LLM must satisfactorily complete the PPC before they can be awarded the LLM.

LLM Employment Law in Practice 

Programme overview

Our new LLM Employment Law in Practice is offered in association with the Northumbria Law School and is specifically designed for those who have completed our Diploma in Employment Law. Uniquely the LLM provides you with the opportunity of using the Diploma in Employment Law as a building block to achieve a further recognised academic qualification. In summary, the award requires 180 credits and the Diploma in Employment Law already provides 120 points towards this. A research based dissertation then makes up the remaining 60 points required.

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Programme structure

Building upon the Diploma in Employment Law, the programme provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialised area of employment law. Candidates undertake in-depth study of an agreed legal topic under individual tutor supervision. The programme is taught primarily through distance learning, with supervisors predominantly based in the Law Society. The programme lasts for one year, a timescale designed to allow students flexibility to complete the LLM in keeping with their work commitments.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. You will begin by attending a course induction day onsite in the Law Society, during which the Legal Research and Study Skills unit of the programme will be introduced. This unit is not assessed but is designed to update your writing and research skills. For the remainder of the programme you will complete a dissertation of between 15,000-17,000 words. The project is the sole assessed element of the programme. The topic of study is of your choosing, but generally must relate to an area of Irish employment law and there must be an appropriate tutor available to support you. The possibility also exists of you choosing an employment law topic relating to international jurisdictions if there is internal expertise to supervise the topic.

Who should attend

Those who have completed the Diploma Centre’s Diploma in Employment Law are eligible to apply for the LLM Employment Law in Practice. 

Why complete a Masters programme?

Apart from the personal satisfaction of gaining a Masters, the programme provides career benefits through focus on skills that are directly relevant to the needs of a modern work setting, including

  • The development of existing expertise and knowledge;
  • The opportunity to gain expertise in a new area;
  • Enhancement of skills in research and legal analysis; and
  • Enhanced understanding of the wider context in which the law is developed and is implemented.

Contact us

For further information please contact the Masters Programme Leader, Rory O’Boyle at r.oboyle@lawsociety.ie.