The LLM (International Justice) provides students with critical insights into the international legal system and how it operates to promote and secure justice. It analyses how the international legal order works and how it seeks to protect vulnerable groups, including minorities, migrants and peoples with disabilities. The programme draws on law and other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology and politics, to provide students with a comprehensive examination of the challenges facing international justice mechanisms today.
Work placement opportunities are available as part of the programme with partner civil society organisations including the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Transparency International, the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Trócaire and Oxfam.
Teaching is delivered by means of small class lectures, in-class simulations and workshops. Students will also benefit from guest lectures delivered by international speakers. The programme is very attractive to law graduates who wish to specialise in the fields of international law and human rights, and to non-law graduates who are interested in questions of social justice and in acquiring legal tools and skills for future careers.
“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)
Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) undergraduate degree in law or a cognate discipline, such as international relations, social studies, sociology, politics, etc). 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. Applications by applicants with other types of diplomas or who do not reach this minimum level of qualifications will be determined by the Admissions Committee 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.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Minimum English language requirements:
•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62
National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850
Department of Law
Department of Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Fundamental Rights
Department of Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
Students must complete 90 credits in total: 35 credits of coursework in Year 1, 30 credits of coursework in Year 2 and a 25-credit dissertation.
Professional Development and Public International Law are compulsory modules. Outside of these compulsory elements, students may choose any combination of modules they wish.
Students also have the option of graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma instead of an LLM. The structure of the Postgraduate Diploma follows that of the LLM’s structure, but students do not complete a dissertation.
Not all modules offered will run every year; offerings are dependent upon demand and other potential constraints.
Online application only 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 are required to submit a personal statement not exceeding 1,000 words explaining why they should be considered.