LL.M in International and Comparative Law - Trinity College Dublin

With the increased globalisation of the last twenty years and with the rise to prominence of the international human rights movement, there has been a huge impetus for students of all nationalities towards studying areas of law with a broad international and comparative law focus. This LL.M programme offers students the chance to study from a large list of modules with a broad international and comparative law feel, many of which relate to international and regional human rights law.

Trinity College is Ireland’s highest ranked university and one of the world’s top 100. It provides its 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students with a diverse, interdisciplinary, inclusive environment which nurtures ground-breaking research, innovation, and creativity through engaging with issues of global significance.  The School of Law offers four taught postgraduate programmes which have attracted and continue to attract top legal graduates from prestigious universities around the world. 

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Single Diploma

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: information not provided yet

Start Date: September 2016

Duration: 1 year

Application deadline: 31 May 2017

Price/Fee: 9340 EUR (EU students) or 18403 EUR (non-EU)

More information about fees.

Scholarships: LL.M students are offered a number of scholarships opportunities, which can be found here. 

Accommodation: Trinity College offers graduate students accommodation, ranging from older traditional rooms in buildings of character to en-suite rooms in modern complexes. For more information, visit the Accommodation and Catering website. 


Application Process

Applications to this programme are invited from graduates holding a good honours law or law based interdisciplinary degree. Admissions are made based on academic merit, with the objective of ensuring a diverse LL.M class of the highest possible academic calibre. 

Candidates are required to follow Trinity's application process, as it has been described in the Master of Laws LL.M.

Application form.

Programme Structure (90 ECTS)

To complete this LL.M programme, students are required to acquire 60 ECTS worth of taught modules over two semesters (3 modules per semester). Each module on the LL.M. programme awards 10 ECTS. Students can choose from an extensive list of LL.M. modules:

• LL.M Modules (60 ECTS): Advanced Comparative Law: European Legal Systems; African Human Rights Law; The Chinese Legal System In Comparative Perspective; Comparative Constitutional Law and Theory; Comparative Criminal Procedure; Contemporary Issues in International Law; Essential Technologies - International and European Law; International Economic Law; Principles of Delaware Corporate Law; Theoretical and Comparative Criminal Law; Transitional Justice etc

• Research Dissertation (30 ECTS): The research dissertation, of a maximum of 25,000 words, may be on any theme, subject to the approval of the Director of the LL.M. degree programme and the availability of a supervisor. The dissertation counts for 33% of the degree or the equivalent of three modules. It must be submitted by June 30, 2018.

Career Prospects:

This programme offers top quality graduates the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base and enhance their legal qualifications, in a way that would allow them to pursue careers as lawyers of national, European and international law, as well as international and regional human rights law.


LL.M. Course Director: Professor Blanaid Clarke

Mailing Address: School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Tel.: (+ 353) (01) 896 1632

Fax: (+ 353) (01) 677 0449

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LL.M. Course Administrator: Ms Kelley McCabe

Tel.: (+ 353) (01) 679 2392

Fax: (+ 353) (01) 677 0449

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By Angeliki Tsanta


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