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Thank you for your interest in our postgraduate law programmes!

Approximately 160 students register annually to study for one of the four taught Master in Laws (LL.M.) programmes: LL.M. (General), LL.M. (International and Comparative Law), LL.M. (International and European Business Law), and LL.M. (Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law). These programmes boast an enormous range of modules whether a student wishes to adopt a specialised stream or keep to the general LLM. Whether you wish to learn about aviation law, financial services law, data protection regulation, refugee law, national security law or the legal system of China (and anything in between!) you will find it on our programmes.

In 2019, we introduced a new interdisciplinary programme with Trinity Business School - our MSc Law and Finance offers an advanced qualification to graduates of law, business or economics. It has already ranked 1st (Ireland) and 6th (Western Europe) International Business law programme in 2022 and has witnessed its graduates excel in the legal and financial professional world.

Our postgraduate programmes continue to expand and to grow in profile. Recent academic years have seen a record level of international students hailing from 30 EU and non-EU countries, from Guyana to Uganda, and accounting for nearly 70% of the LL.M and MSc Law and Finance student body. Both students and staff benefit in an intellectually rigorous and culturally diverse environment, which also deepens the sense of community amongst these one-year students.

In addition to the above Postgraduate Taught programmes, we also offer Postgraduate Research Programmes, namely the PhD and MLitt. The PhD is 4-year structured programme: Candidates are supported by a thesis committee and, in addition to completing a thesis under the guidance of their supervisor, they complete certain learning modules on legal research and on academic integrity. Ph.D. candidates are also welcome to take additional modules from the taught masters programmes in the Law School or in another School (with permission). Ph.D. candidates can avail of suites of ongoing training and skills development workshops suited to advanced research run by the Library, Student Learning and Development, and Trinity’s Centre for Academic Practice. Trinity College Dublin has a world-renowned Legal Deposit library and is a special place for advanced research; as its vision statement for postgraduate education puts it:‘A stimulating, inclusive, and sustainable research and learning environment, where curious minds and creative thinkers thrive.’

The Law School prides itself on its close relationship with its student body. We recognise that the student experience is not exclusively classroom based. In addition to supporting the activities of the College’s many societies and student activities, we encourage our students to participate in the many student organisations that focus on law-related activities. Through participation in these societies, along with the other great clubs and societies in College, you will greatly enhance your educational experience.

I hope you will find the information you are need within the postgraduate section of our website. If you require any further information after your review of our website, please feel free to contact our Postgraduate Law office at

Dr David Prendergast - Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, School of Law.