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Posted March 19, 2020

5 of the best LLM programs in Ireland

Ireland is a great place to undertake an LLM program as the legal education is conducted in English and the country is a great a link between the EU and the English-speaking world.

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However, the Irish language does play a significant role in the law of Ireland even if the law is not usually taught in Irish.

The easy connections to the UK and the rest of the world, particularly North America, not to mention a selection of great universities, make Ireland a brilliant choice for international students – so let’s take a look at five of the best LLM programs on offer in Ireland* and how much they cost.

LLM – Trinity College Dublin

Duration: One year full time
Cost: €10,402 for Irish / UK and EU students or €20,204 for international students
What You Will Study: Trinity College Dublin describes the General LLM program as their 'flagship' LLM course and modules include Business and Human Rights, National Security Law, and Regulation of Cyber Speech.

LLM – University College Dublin

Duration: One year full time or two years part time
Cost: €9,320 total cost of Irish, UK and EU students / €19,900 total cost for all international students.
What You Will Study: There are a four specialisation for this LLM program; Immigration and Asylum Law, Comparative International and European Law, Corporate Governance, and Environmental Law and Policy. Those students who undertake the Comparative International and European Law focus can undertake an exchange trip to partner law schools based in Europe.

LLM – University College Cork

Duration: One year full time or two years part time
Cost: €7,000 total cost for Irish, UK and EU students or €17,000 total cost for international students
What You Will Study: This is a general LLM with a large number of modules to select from. These include topics such as Environmental Law, Mental Capacity Law, Global Maritime Security Law, and International Refugee Law.

LLM – National University of Ireland, Galway

Duration: One year full time or two years part time
Cost: €7,300 total cost for Irish, UK and EU students or €16,500 total cost for international students
What You Will Study: Students can choose to focus on one of four legal areas of either International Criminal Law, International Migration and Refugee Law, Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict, and International Human Rights. NUI Galway is home to The Irish Centre for Human Rights giving students access to some of the top professionals in the field.

LLM – University of Limerick

Duration: One year full time or two years part time
Cost: €5,912 total cost for Irish, UK and EU students or €12,884 total cost for international students
What You Will Study: The General LLM program at the University of Limerick allows students to tailor the course to their career aims and interests. Modules include Law of International Trade Organisations, Penology and Victimology, International Perspectives on Property Law, and Policing and Human Rights.

How many students does each university have?

This table shows how many students these featured Irish universities have and how many of these are international students.

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PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.

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