LLM Public Law

NUI Galway

Course Overview

The LLM in Public Law examines emerging and topical issues in public law from a comparative and international perspective.

The programme will be of interest to students who have completed their primary law degree as well as legal practitioners, public servants and others seeking to develop or update their knowledge of public law and legal research skills.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?


What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants must have a Level 8 degree in law (Honors 2.1 or higher) or an interdisciplinary degree which includes a substantial law component (Honors 2:1 or equivalent). In exceptional circumstances, applicants who hold a degree other than a law degree and who have relevant education and/or professional experience in law may be considered.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

The LL.M in Public Law favorably situates students to pursue careers as solicitors or barristers or to pursue a variety of alternative careers in law. Graduates go on to work in private practice in large commercial law firms or working in the public sector. Graduates of the LL.M in Pubic Law have secured positions as legal researchers with the Law Reform Commission, Attorney General’s Office, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Court Service. Graduates also secure positions with leading national and international law firms and a range of other employers. The LL.M in Public Law is also a good option for students interested in a career in academia. Graduates of the programme have secured funding to pursue Ph.D. research in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US and are now working in universities around the world.


Work Placements: One of the unique aspects of the LLM in Public Law is that students on the programme have the opportunity to take up funded international internships during the summer. The scholarships are open to all students enrolled on the LLM in Public Law and are awarded on the basis of an application and interview. Students have completed internships with the Mental Disability Advocacy Center in Budapest, JUSTICE in London and the Court of Appeal in the Seychelles. In addition, students of the LLM in Public Law have been successful in securing national internships with the Courts Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, PILA, FLAC and solicitors’ firms.r