Increasingly, technical personnel, administrators, and policy-makers are being required to have an in-depth knowledge of relevant legal advances and to deploy an enormous array of analytical, conceptual, professional, and writing skills. Maynooth University Department of Law’s Higher Diploma in Legal Studies addresses this need by offering students a strong core of legal knowledge to support more advanced specialised legal topics pertinent to many typical non-law careers.
"The Higher Diploma in Legal Studies is an ideal route into law for a student that graduated from another discipline that wants a quick entry route into starting a law career, or for a student with an interest in a specific area of law with a career in mind. There is great choice and variety in choosing the modules and you can choose almost any of the modules from the full three years of undergraduate arts and complete them in one year.”
Graduates from cognate disciplines must have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree. This must be a recognised primary degree that is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. A personal statement of up to 1,000 words outlining why an applicant is suitable for the programme should be included as part of an application. This personal statement will form part of the assessment by the Admissions Committee. These are the minimum entry requirements and meeting these requirements will not guarantee an offer of entry onto the programme. Admission decisions are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
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
Students must complete 60 credits over the course of the year; 30 credits per semester. There is no compulsory element to the programme: students select their 60 credits from a wide variety of taught courses. The availability of modules is subject to timetabling constraints.
Online application only http://www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
The following documents should be uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed.
Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of their birth certificate or valid passport.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.