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Irish-language stream for NUI Galway law students
Mr Justice Peter Charleton Pic:RollingNews.ie

17 Jun 2020 / education Print

Irish-language stream for NUI Galway law students

NUI Galway’s School of Law has a new postgraduate two-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) which will allow students to fast track to a career in law.

The School of Law has also introduced an Irish-language stream for undergraduate law students and appointed four adjunct professors.

The two-year LLB is a full law degree, open to graduates from any discipline.

Rapid route

Director Dr Rónán Kennedy said “The LLB is an excellent conversion course for those who want to enhance their existing career, transfer to a career in law or develop their knowledge of the law for personal reasons.

“It provides a rapid route towards training for the legal professions in Ireland, offering all the subjects currently required for the solicitor and barrister entrance examinations in Ireland.”

The new optional Irish-language stream as part of the four-year law degree has been developed in response to the increased demand for Irish-speaking lawyer linguists in the EU.

Gaeltacht campus 

In year three, students will spend one semester studying at NUI Galway’s Gaeltacht campus in An Cheathrú Rua and one semester of professional work placement in an Irish-speaking legal environment.

NUI Galway have also appointed adjunct professors including:  

  • Justice Peter Charleton, Judge of the Supreme Court, who has been appointed adjunct professor in conjunction with the School’s undergraduate course Law (BCL) criminology and criminal justice.
  • Professor Brendan Edgeworth, a Professor at University of New South Wales Law School and a distinguished property and housing law expert. Dr Guénaël Mettraux, Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Member of the EU’s Human Rights Review Panel,
  • Emily Hogan, formerly of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
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