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National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway

With more than 16,000 students, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in various fields. The school was established in 1845 (then known as Queen's College Galway) and still remains one of Ireland's best-rated centres of academic excellence.

NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international standard, which provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to pursue successful careers.
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The University's approach to innovative programme development means that courses are developed to reflect the ever-changing needs of the job market and the economy.

The law school

The NUI Galway Faculty of Law is made up of various full-time professors and lecturers. The school also employs numerous part-time teaching specialists, specialising in particular subject-areas. The faculty includes several practising solicitors and barristers.

Nearly 500 law students attend NUI Galway. The school has various connections with other European universities and schools in the United States, which allows students to pursue opportunities abroad.

Students of the Faculty also participate in moot trial competitions at both national and international level, and the student law society is active in organising guest lectures and debates.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally be university graduates in law. Please consult the specifics of each Programme (under the "Programme" tab) to see entry requirements for each individual programme.

The Program

The Masters programme in law (LLM) in NUI, Galway is available either by research and presentation of thesis, or by taught courses. The normal duration for a research masters is two years. Candidates must usually be university graduates in law. The regulations of the University also provide for higher research degrees of Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) in Public Law

The Master of Laws in Public Law is a one year programme of full-time study, comprising two semesters of course work and the preparation of a dissertation. It is designed for graduates who wish to work in the field of Public Law with government and non-governmental organisations at national and international level, as well as in private practice, especially with respect to Public Interest Litigation. This course is now also available part-time over two years.

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) IN INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS

The Law Faculty offers a taught LL.M. in International Human Rights Law which is run under the auspices of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. The programme is designed for human rights practitioners, lawyers, public servants, peacekeepers and others interested in the growing field of human rights. It involves course work and a dissertation, and may be taken as a one-year full-time course, or by part-time study over a longer period.

The programme aims to prepare graduates for work in the field of international human rights, with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates. The course work begins with a general introduction to the systems and documents of international law, and proceeds to a series of specialised courses in such areas as economic and social rights, regional human rights systems, equality rights violations, international labour standards, refugees and asylum seekers and international humanitarian law.

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND PEACE SUPPORT

The Masters in International Peace Support Operations is a one-year programme of full-time study, combining two semesters of course work and the preparation of a dissertation. It may also be completed part-time, over a longer period. It aims to prepare graduates for work in the field of international peace support operations, with international organizations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates.

The course work begins with a general introduction to international peacekeeping and peace support operations, and proceeds to a series of specialized courses in such areas as international relations and international organisations, international humanitarian law, refugee law, conflict and post conflict studies, and international criminal law.

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

From September 2009, the Irish Centre for Human Rights have offered a new Masters programme in International Criminal Law.

Designed and delivered by experts unrivaled in the field, the LL.M. in International Criminal Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights will provide students with an advanced understanding of the history and institutional structures of the various international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court. It will equip students with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of international criminal law and its component crimes and procedural issues, while also allowing them to develop a critical approach to the alternatives in international criminal justice, such as truth commissions.

The LL.M. in International Criminal Law is typically a one-year Masters programme that involves two semesters of courses and the preparation of a dissertation, although it is also available on a part-time basis over two years. The degree of Master of Law in International Criminal Law is awarded by the Faculty of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) IN ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS

The Masters of Law in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is a one-year programme of full-time study, combining two semesters of course work and the preparation of a dissertation. It may also be completed part-time, over a two-year period. It aims to prepare graduates for work in the burgeoning field of economic, social and cultural rights with international organisations, non-governmental organisations and as individual advocates for the rights of the majority.

The programme draws upon the resources of the LLM in International Human Rights, with the addition of specialised courses in the economic, social and cultural rights sphere.The course work begins with a general Introduction to International Human Rights Law, and an introduction to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the first semester as obligatory courses. In the second semester the Right to Development and How to Argue with an Economist are strongly recommended courses. In addition there would be a wide range of optional courses to choose from, such as the Right to Food, Children’s Rights, Business and Human Rights, Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Politics of Human Rights, International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law and Conflict and Post-Conflict. A total of 90 ECTS needs to be completed (75 obligatory plus 15 from a range of optional courses). From time to time, there might be changes in the optional courses offered each year.

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