Students must complete 90 credits in total, completing 35 taught credits in semester 1 and 30 credits in semester 2. A 25 credit dissertation is completed during the summer under the guidance of an assigned supervisor from the Law Department’s academic staff. Professional Development and Public International Law are compulsory modules in the first semester. Outside of these compulsory elements, students may choose any combination of modules they wish.
Please note that not all modules offered will necessarily run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints and may vary slightly, while not affecting the overall focus and scope of the programme.
Course Duration: 1 year Full-time
“The LLM in International Justice is an excellent programme for anyone with an interest in the areas of justice and human rights. The modules are engaging and extremely interesting, and are delivered in small classroom settings by lecturers who are genuinely interested in their students. Although the LLM has a strong legal component, is it extremely accessible to non-law graduates, of which I am one. I would highly recommend the programme, and indeed Maynooth University, to anyone with an interest in this area of study.'' - Jean Molloy, LLM (International Justice)
“It is not just the course content that makes this LLM unique, but also the opportunities which those enrolled are actively encouraged to engage in, such as reporting for the Scholars at Risk programme and placement opportunities with various organisations. This extra element, to me, has been the highlight of the LLM, affording the student experience that is essential to career development, the value of which cannot be underestimated. My work placement at Trócaire gave me a real insight into the global impact NGO's can have regarding certain issues. My particular area focused on gender-based violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, I was introduced to the workings of the organisation and from day one felt as though the work I was doing made a contribution to the organisation. It is a rare opportunity to gain experience such as this while studying, I implore anyone doing the LLM in International Justice to take this opportunity and revel in it.” - Doireann Brennan, LLM (International Justice)
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Applicants must have obtained an honours degree (minimum 2nd class honour) in law or a cognate discipline across the social sciences, arts and humanities, ( such as international relations, social studies, sociology, politics, geography, history, philosophy, anthropology, international development, economics, etc).
The Department will assess applications where the applicants do not reach this minimum level of qualifications in line with the University’s policy on recognition of prior experiential learning. The programme will also be accessible to international students from all jurisdictions, as no prior knowledge of the common law is required.
Minimum English language requirements:
•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Applications can be made online, through PAC (the Postgraduate Applications Centre): http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The PAC codes for this course are MH64J (full-time) and MH65J (part-time).
The following documents should either be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online PAC application form:
- Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed
- Two academic references
- A copy of your birth certificate or valid passport
Dr John Reynolds
Phone (+353) 1 474 7274
Maynooth University Department of Law, New House, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
The programme will prepare students for policy and advocacy work in national, regional, and international organisations with a human rights, humanitarian or social and economic justice mandate. It will provide students considering a career in the legal profession with the tools necessary to pursue work in the field of human rights law, which could also include legal practice in European courts or international criminal tribunals. The programme is also an ideal launchpad for students interesting in a career in further research on legal, policy or philosophical questions of justice. A number of graduates from the LLM programme have proceeded to doctoral studies.