LLM Advanced Legal Practice

Start Date 28 September 2019 at 10:00 am
Assessment Assessment: Dissertation of between 15,000 and 17,000 words
Delivery Method

Distance Learning 



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Application information

The closing date for applications for this course was Friday 13 September 2019. We are happy to announce that the deadline has been extended. Late applications are accepted but confirmation of course registration may take a number of days as the deadline has passed. Thank you for bearing with us. 

Uniquely the LLM provides you with the opportunity of using your solicitor qualification as a building block to achieve recognised academic qualifications.

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    Programme overview

    Our LLM Advanced Legal Practice 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 further 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.

    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 starts with an induction day, followed by one-to-one research supervision. Supervisors are drawn from a panel of subject-matter experts, comprising both internal Law Society staff and senior external practitioners/academics. The programme lasts for up to two years, with early exit points – a timescale designed to allow students the 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 on-site 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. You do not need to have identified your chosen area of research before joining the master’s, as the first few weeks of the course are designed to give you time to consider your research question. The possibility also exists of you choosing a topic relating to international jurisdictions if there is internal expertise to supervise the topic. 


    Please note: If the programme is not completed within the 2 year timeframe an extension fee will apply. Note: Discounts do not apply to Masters and doctoral level programmes offered in partnership with Northumbria University and fees are due in full on registration.


    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.

    Hear from our graduates

    “I would recommend the Northumbria University/Law Society of Ireland master’s to practitioners who would like to undertake additional studies on a particular area of interest to them and who would like the flexibility to continue to work and maintain a life outside their studies. The successful completion of the master’s can open doors to the student within their careers and career progression and to additional studies. From my perspective, the qualification allowed me to commence a PhD in law.”

    James Meighan
     (graduate of the LLM Advanced Legal Practice 2018)

    Thank you for your interest in the LLM. The selection criteria will be based on a combination of when the application was received and whether or not there is sufficient capacity within the Law Society at this time to supervise the proposed topic. Please note the course is in high demand and if your application is not successful for this offering, you will be added to a waiting list for the next offering.

    For further information please contact the Programme Co-ordinator (Ireland), Rory O’Boyle - Tel: +353 (0)1 8815774 or Email: r.oboyle@lawsociety.ie.

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