Each year, Maynooth University Department of Law arranges special work placement schemes for undergraduate and postgraduate students with leading law firms, NGOs, and other organisations.
The Department of Law’s Work Placement Scheme for undergraduate students provides them the opportunity to experience working in a top commercial legal practice. These opportunities allow students to build their skill sets, their confidence, and their effectiveness as team members. A successful placement not only earns our graduates credibility with a particular employer, it shows performance in a workplace environment that other graduates can only promise.
Students on all of our undergraduate programmes are eligible to apply for placement opportunities. Both BCL and LLB students apply to the Department of Law in their second year of study. The application process is competitive and the best candidates are put forward for interview to the relevant firm(s).
For BCL students, the Work Placement year is an additional year between Years 2 and 3. For LLB students, the Work Placement year also takes place during Year 3, but students are required to complete Year 3 modules in their final, fourth year, in lieu of the optional modules ordinarily offered to Year 4 LLB students. Students graduate with either a BCL (with Work Placement) or an LLB (Clinical) degree.
Previous placement partners have included Matheson, A&L Goodbody, McDowell Purcell, McCann Fitzgerald, William Fry, Mason, Hayes & Curran, and The Medical Council.
Congratulations to the following students, who have been selected to spend the next year of their legal studies on work placement in top law firms:
The Department of Law also offers placement opportunities at the postgraduate level.
Students have the chance to apply, on a competitive basis, for an Advocacy placement. This year, placements will be offered, through the Advocacy module, at:
Placements are also offered to postgraduate students through other LLM modules. Last year, through the Public Procurement Law module, LLM (Global Legal Studies) graduates Harry O’Malley and Andrew Farrelly completed placements at specialist commercial law firm Philip Lee. And through the Funds Law module, Ronan Califf (LLM in Global Legal Studies) and Shane O’Callagahan (LLM in International Business Law) completed placements in the Asset Management and Investment Funds Group of Matheson.
Summer Placement Opportunities
The Department also organises a two-week long summer internship with KOD Lyons, a leading Irish Criminal Defence and Human Rights firm. Last summer, Lynn Burtenshaw (LLB) undertook this internship.
Additionally, the Department sends two final-year students on the summer-long Superior Courts Internship Programme each year. Last summer, Rachael Doyle (LLB) and Ross Power (LLB) were selected to complete this internship programme.
Studying abroad as part of your Law degree at Maynooth offers a fantastic opportunity to live in a different country, expand your cultural, social and linguistic horizons, and experience different approaches and methods of university education. Students on any of our undergraduate programmes can take their penultimate year to study in Europe as an Erasmus student (for which Erasmus grants are available), or outside of Europe as an international student. For example, some of our students have studied law at Boston College Law School, alongside graduate students. David Fitzmaurice and Sharon Hickey both studied at Boston and have each gone on to complete LLMs in top US universities since graduating from Maynooth University Department of Law.
The partner universities which currently offer modules in Law are listed below. The majority of these universities offer modules in English. For a full list of the University's general Erasmus partners and also Non-EU partners (ie across all disciplines, not just Law), see the International Office's website. If you have an interest in a particular partner university that is not currently listed as offering Law modules, it may still be possible to check what is available in terms of Law.
For BCL students, the year abroad is an additional year, turning the degree from three years into four years, with the third year spent abroad. Law & Arts or Law & Business students are encouraged to take some law modules as part of their study abroad, but this is not compulsory.
For LLB students, the year abroad is an integrated year of the degree, meaning that the year abroad comes instead of (rather than additional to) one of the years of study in Maynooth. For this reason, LLB students abroad are required to obtain the equivalent credit in Law that they would have obtained in Maynooth. The year abroad is undertaken in the third year of the four year degree. Note that some of the partner universities listed below may not have sufficient Law modules available through English to host students for the LLB integrated year abroad.
|University of Notre Dame (Fremantle/Sydney)
|Université de Strasbourg
|Catholic University of Lyon
|Toulouse 1 Capitole University
|European University Viadrina Frankfurt
|University of Insubria
|University of Trento
|University of Groningen
|Comenius University Bratislava
|University of Ljubljana
||United States of America
At postgraduate level, students undertaking the LLM (International Business Law) have the option of spending a semester in Lyon.
There are many resources available through the Library, both in print and electronic format. To help you get the most from the library service there are a number of Library Information Skills Tutorials (LIST). Sessions last no more than 30 minutes. To attend, meet in the Library five minutes before the start of the session.
LIST timetable September to November 2015
Help offered by the Library will ensure that you can:
- identify appropriate information
- access print and electronic resources
- avoid plagiarism by citing and referencing material correctly
- make the best use of the Library
For further information, see the Library website.
The legal research platform offered by Justis, JustCite, is available to Department of Law students and is very useful for research and study purposes. Students must access the platform either on campus or via off campus login through the Library website.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) through its Academic Advisory Office and Academic Writing Centre endeavours to help students identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote intellectual discovery, and to help students become independent and self-directed learners. CTL seeks to provide an open, welcoming, and inclusive environment that nurtures and empowers all students through its workshops, services, and initiatives.
Other University Resources
For a comprehensive list of the supports offered by the University, see either Moodle or Student Services.
Transferring from first year Arts/BCL into second year LLB/BCL
Transferring into the LLB
Arts (MH101) (15 or 30 ECTS of Law), BCL (Law and Accounting), BCL (Law and Arts), and BCL (Law and Business) students have the option of transferring into year two of the LLB programme, if they successfully complete first year.
Students must obtain at least 400 overall in first year Law (this means maintaining an average of 40 across all first year Law modules) and pass all other first year subjects in order to be eligible to transfer into year two of the LLB programme.
The LLB is four years in total, as opposed to the BCL programmes, which are three year programmes.
Transferring into the BCL
Arts (MH101) students who complete 30 ECTS of Law in first year also have the option of transferring into year two of the BCL (Law and Accounting)*, BCL (Law and Arts), or BCL (Law and Business)** programmes, if they successfully complete first year.
These students must obtain at least 400 overall in first year Law (this means maintaining an average of 40 across the three first year Law modules) and pass all other first year subjects.
*If students wish to transfer into year two of the BCL (Law and Accounting), students must take 30 ECTS of Law, 15 ECTS of Accounting in Semester 1, and must pick up an extra 7.5 ECTS of Accounting in Semester 2. Students considering this route are strongly encouraged to take 15 ECTS of Economics in Semester 1 (in addition to 30 ECTS of Law and 15 ECTS of Accounting).
**If students wish to transfer into year two of BCL (Law and Business), students must take 30 ECTS of Law and 30 ECTS of Business (either stream of Business) in first year.
Students must also meet any additional requirements set out by the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting or by the School of Business, respectively. Students should contact the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting or Business School offices to enquire as to any such requirements.
Arts (MH101) students who complete 15 ECTS of Law in first year may transfer into the BCL (Law and Arts). Such students must major in Law in order to graduate with a BCL (i.e. an accredited Law degree). If students do not major in Law, they will instead undertake a BA Double Major which is not an accredited Law degree.
The Transfer Application Process
Students can decide to transfer during registration for year 2 in September.
NOTE: there is no cap on the number of students permitted to transfer each year. Once a student meets the required grade point (400) and passes his/her other two first year subjects, he/she is automatically entitled to progress into the second year of one of our programmes.
If you do not achieve 400
Students who fall below the 400 threshold, will have the opportunity to improve their marks in the Autumn sitting of examinations.