Course Description

LLM Advanced Legal Practice

Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre

The Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre offers an innovative LLM Advanced Legal Practice in partnership with the Leeds Law School at Leeds Beckett University.

Building upon the solicitor qualification, the programme provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialised area of law. Candidates undertake in-depth study of an agreed legal topic under individual tutor supervision. The programme starts with an induction day, followed by one-to-one research supervision. Supervisors are drawn from a panel of subject-matter experts, comprising both internal Law Society staff and senior external practitioners/academics. The programme lasts for one year and is designed to allow students the flexibility to complete the LLM in keeping with their work commitments.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. You will begin by attending a course induction day online, during which the Legal Research and Study Skills unit of the programme will be introduced. This unit is not assessed, but is designed to update your writing and research skills. For the remainder of the programme, you will complete a dissertation of between 15,000 to 17,000 words.

The project is the sole assessed element of the programme. The topic of study is of your choosing, but generally must relate to an area of Irish law, and there must be an appropriate tutor available to support you. You do not need to have identified your chosen area of research before joining the master’s, as the first few weeks of the course are designed to give you time to consider your research question. The possibility also exists of you choosing a topic relating to international jurisdictions if there is internal expertise to supervise the topic.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Formulate and execute a plan for practice based legal research in an independently identified topic and investigate a question capable of sustaining a substantial piece of academic writing;
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the knowledge and important arguments at the forefront of legal practice and/or scholarship by identifying, evaluating and synthesizing primary and secondary research material relevant to a chosen area of enquiry;
  • Show originality and critical insight in the use of knowledge and the application of theory to produce a work of independent scholarship;
  • Evaluate various research methodologies and adopt, with justification, a methodological approach appropriate to the question being investigated;
  • Develop an ethical approach to the application of legal principles in their field of enquiry.

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College Name Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre
Course Category Law
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Professional Qualification
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 7
Course Start Date 19th February 2022
Course End Date 18th February 2023
Course Fee 3,400
Course Duration 1 year
Course Times Online delivery. Also available to view on-demand.
Awarding Body Law Society of Ireland
Title of Awarding LLM Advanced Legal Practice
Entry Requirements This course is suitable for the following: - Qualified as a solicitor in this jurisdiction, or - Enrolled on the PPC at the same time as they enrol to the LLM Advanced Legal Practice. - Any student enrolled on the PPC at the same time as the LLM must satisfactorily complete the PPC before they can be awarded the LLM.
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The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

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