Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The LLB is a graduate-level primary degree in law. Entry to the programme is restricted to university graduates who have achieved at least second class honours (a grade B average). The programme is designed to prepare graduates to work as legal professionals or in a law-related environment. Students will have the opportunity to study all the traditional core law modules as well as to tailor their programme to their own individual aspirations.

A distinctive feature of the LLB programme at NUI Galway is the emphasis that we place on the development of legal skills. All students are required to take a course on Legal Research and Methods and in their second and third years will be required to produce extended research papers. Further, students have the option of pursuing an independent research project under the close supervision of a faculty member. The School offers senior students the opportunity to participate in a competitive Moot Court competition and also allows final year students to take part in the most well-established clinical legal education programme in Ireland.

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Applications to the LLB programme should be made through the Postgraduate Application Centre. For more information, please visit the LLB course page.

Transferability to Canada

For Canadian students, studying law in Ireland is an attractive option. Canada and Ireland are both are English-speaking countries, and both have legal systems derived from English Common Law. Students at NUI Galway are also well placed to explore the great cities of Europe, including London and Paris - the birthplaces of the dominant legal traditions in Canada. LLB graduates are entitled to seek a Certificate of Qualification from the Canadian legal authorities which will entitle them to sit the bar exam in their desired province (see below). An Irish legal education provides an excellent foundation for Canadian students who wish to qualify as an attorney.

Since 2005, the Law School has welcomed thirteen Canadian students onto the LLB programme. Many of these students, on graduation returned to Canada and have since been called to the bar.

Caitlin Cardill law canadaJessica Cardill law CanadaEmily Tierney law CanadaBrent Meadows law Canada

To read more about their experiences, please visit the graduate testimonials page.

Graduates of the LLB Programme who wish to practice in Canada may seek a Certification of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. For more information, please see the NCA’s policies and guidelines available on their website .

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