Qualification : BACHELOR OF LAWS

Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH501

CAO Points : 473

Closing Date : 01 July 2021

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The Maynooth University LLB (MH501) is accredited by the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns. A four-year degree almost exclusively in law, it will be of particular interest if you wish to study law in depth and detail. MH501 provides you with a wider selection of law modules than MH502, the BCL and is one year longer than the latter degree.

  • Specialise in a single major law programme over four years, opening up excellent employment prospects in both law and non-law careers.
  • Acquire a thorough grounding in the fundamental areas of legal study and a broad range of specialist modules like Transnational Litigation, Civil Liberties, and Criminology.
  • Enhance employability by developing your faculties for argument, reasoning and for the analysis of complicated ideas.
  • Students may apply to complete a work placement year in a law firm (subject to availability) or a year studying abroad at one of our international partner institutions.
  • This is an innovative programme with strong emphasis on the development of verbal and written advocacy skills through applied modules such as legal writing, negotiation, and dispute resolution.
  • Get involved in our numerous student societies: the student Law Society, European Law Students’ Association, or Student FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre) Society.
A year of study is 60 credits.

> You concentrate on the study of Law through a wide range of legal subjects for each of the four years of the programme
> Students take the core modules required for professional legal training, but also choose from a wide range of optional modules
> A number of modules focus on developing critical skills (legal writing, advocacy, and communication skills)
> You can apply for a work placement in a law firm, or for a year studying abroad, during your degree (subject to availability)

Course Duration: 4 years (LLB)

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Students interested in a law career will be in a position to immediately enter professional training, either by sitting the Law Society of Ireland’s FE1 examinations for entry to the solicitors’ profession or the Honorable Society of King’s Inns’ Barrister-at-Law Degree entrance examination for entry to the barristers’ profession.

  • Studying law also opens up a whole range of career options outside of being a lawyer such as journalism; policy development; business and finance; management consulting; the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector; and national and international public administration (such as at the EU or UN).
  • The Department of Law offers a wide range of postgraduate study options from Criminology to International Business Law. Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature student applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on application and/or interview, written assessment.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2021. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2021.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any required written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2021 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2021

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English.
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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