Laws (LL.M.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time
55 Places


Course Overview

Our flagship LL.M. programme also known as LL.M. (General) 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.

This programme will enable students to develop the skills to use appropriate legal theories, doctrines and concepts to identify, formulate, analyse and solve legal problems within national and international contexts and identify, evaluate and synthesise jurisprudential theories and concepts at a level appropriate to Masters graduates.

Is This Course For Me?

If you would like to learn about the world of commercial arbritration or aviation law while at the same time having the opportunity to study Islamic law or refugee law, then this programme is for you.   

It is important to note that students wishing to pursue one on of our specialised LL.M. degrees and gain access to those modules should apply to that particular LLM degree. 

Career Opportunities

This course broadens and deepens students' knowledge of the law, further developing their research skills and significantly enhancing their career prospects both within the legal profession and elsewhere.

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. in Laws is delivered over one academic year. It seeks to promote critical analysis of, and reflection on, different aspects of national, European and international 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 law. 

During their studies, students can choose from an array of modules designed to deepen their knowledge of both public and private law without becoming overly-specialised in one facet of law. 

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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 Law (LL.M.) programmes.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

55 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 Bachelor'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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The eclectic range of modules offered coupled with the opportunity to advance my studies under the supervision of some of Ireland’s leading minds within the most prestigious and established school of law in the country seemed to be the ideal setting for a budding interest in higher academia. The unceasing support and standard of education create an environment where academic excellence is always within grasp, unveiling a pathway to a more rounded form of personal excellence in the process.