International and Comparative Law (LL.M.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time
30 Places


Course Overview

In an era of globalisation, it is no longer possible to understand law in a purely national context. As globalisation not only intensifies but also comes under challenge, it has never been more important for lawyers to develop an in-depth understanding of law in its wider international context.
The LL.M. programme in International and Comparative Law offers students a valuable opportunity to develop this understanding. The programme offers a rich and diverse array of modules taught by experts in the fields of international and comparative law which can be tailored according to students’ interests. Students develop their legal knowledge and advanced legal skills in these fields but also gain a deeper insight into law and legal practice in its evolving international context.

Is This Course For Me?

This course is designed for law students interested in international and regional human rights, as well as freedom of expression and intellectual property law. The LL.M. in International and Comparative Law provides graduates with the knowledge and tools to meet the demands of our sophisticated knowledge economy.

Career Opportunities

This course equips students with the expertise, skills and attributes which are valuable across a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the legal profession, nationally and internationally. Graduates have pursued careers in International and European Human Rights Law, International Economic Law, International Aviation Law, Intellectual Property Law, among others.

Course Structure

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. In addition, all students must complete a research dissertation over the academic year on an approved theme.

Course Content

The LL.M. International and Comparative Law is delivered over one academic year. It seeks to promote critical analysis of, and reflection on, different aspects of international law and comparative law.
Students on this programme are examined in six modules and will also complete a research dissertation on a topic approved by the Dissertation Director and related to some aspect of international and comparative law.
The LL.M International and Comparative Law offers students the chance to study from a large range of modules with a broad international and comparative law feel, many of which relate to international and regional human rights. Module offerings may include International and European Human Rights Law; International Humanitarian Law; International Economic Law; Islamic Law; Refugee Law; as well as comparative modules relating to International Aviation Law; Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property Law. Students may also choose up to two modules from the wide array offered on the general LL.M.
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Study a postgraduate Law (LL.M) programme at Trinity

Overview of the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin and its postgraduate LL.M. programmes.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

30 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Professor Desmond Ryan

Closing Date

31st May 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applications are invited from graduates who hold a Bachlor's in Law or a law-based interdisciplinary programme. Applications will also be considered from exceptional graduates in related disciplines in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who can demonstrate their studies have fully prepared them for the LL.M.

Admission to Trinity's LL.M. programmes is at the absolute discretion of the School of Law, which will decide on admissions with regard to a range of academic criteria, including the quality of the individual application and the objectives of ensuring a diverse LL.M. class of the highest possible academic calibre.

We advise students to apply for the course as early as possible as admission is competitive. The programme is subject to early closure.

Course Fees

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Register Your Interest

I hope to pursue a career in human rights law. The skills I gained through the course placed me in a position to apply for jobs I wasn’t able to before. Studying at Trinity also opened other opportunities for me. Through the guidance of Trinity’s lecturers, I am now looking into publishing articles in academic journals. Through Trinity’s mentoring programme I was able to connect with an experienced international criminal lawyer who provided me with ongoing career mentoring.