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LLB Degree

LLB Degree

University College Cork, Ireland

About This Program

Considered one of UCC's Conversion Programmes, the LLB degree is a postgraduate law degree offering distinct pathway to two different types of candidates. 

For students who have already been awarded a law degree the LLB degree offers an opportunity to expand or deepen their portfolio of legal knowledge across a wider area of law in preparation for specific practice or for further study.

The one year full-time course includes a wide choice of modules which would allow you to choose a combination that best suits your interests. In particular, it offers you an opportunity to study additional fields of law, such as medical law, environmental law or human rights law, which may not have been available to you at undergraduate level. 

For students who are graduates from a non-law discipline the LLB is a two-year postgraduate law degree which offers you sufficient core and optional law modules to undertake, should you wish, professional legal training at the end of the degree. It is designed to ensure that graduates will have a strong legal training at the end of their two years study (full time) along with suitable critical understanding of core legal issues.

Beyond preparing you for legal professional qualifications, the LLB is also suitable for students who wish to pursue a career in a variety of areas such as business, journalism, the civil service/government and human rights.


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Course Delivery

This course involves a combination of lecture hours, tutorials/guided study, and reading hours in the library. Lectures generally take place between Monday to Friday 9a.m. to 6p.m.   The course offers flexibility in delivery where available, and LLB Students may have the option of attending some of the modules on offer for the Evening Law Degree which take place from 5 – 9 .m. Monday to Thursday.

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.  The skills modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis and include group work, presentations and oral advocacy.


This is a NFQ Level 8 programme and you may apply to remain in Ireland after course completion.  You may also choose to return to your home country with a degree that is recognized globally. 

You are permitted to work part-time during the regular semester while you study in Ireland.

After you graduate, you may apply to stay for one additional year in the country to look for a job under the Third Level Graduate Scheme.  UCC's LLB graduates enter a wide variety of careers including:

  • The legal profession;
  • Academia;
  • Banking and Finance;
  • Public service;
  • The regulatory sector;
  • Management and;
  • Journalism.

The majority of students though, continue from the LLB degree into the legal profession or to more specialised study on one of UCC's LLM programmes and at doctorate level.

Learning Outcomes

This is a challenging and highly rewarding postgraduate degree course which allows graduates from both law or other disciplines to develop strong legal knowledge and skills in a one or two year period.  Upon completion of the LLB Degree programme, you are expected to:

  • Enhance or develop strong legal knowledge;
  • Develop a wide range of generic key transferable skills that may be useful in whatever career path you choose to pursue. These include legal research and writing, analysis, critical evaluation and logical thinking as well as written and verbal communication;
  • If you are a non-law graduate, you are expected to gain the foundational law subjects that will enable you to progress to professional qualifications in Ireland and other common law jurisdictions;
  • Enhance your leadership skills as an international student at University College Cork.


Course Outline

The LLB offers alternative pathways to two different types of candidates.

It offers an opportunity to Law Graduates to further develop and deepen both their knowledge and skills base. As a student with substantial legal knowledge already, you will be required to take 60 credits during your degree. Only LW2252 Law of Property is compulsory leaving you with 50 elective credits. However, if you have already studied Property Law, or an equivalent module, you will be free to take the full 60 credits as electives.  In addition, you may also seek to study up to 10 credits of LLM modules; permission of the Programme Director and relevant LLM Module coordinator will be required.

As a law graduate, if you choose to study for the LLB you will have the opportunity to widen and/deepen your legal knowledge into areas such as:

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Financial Services Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Immigration and Refugee Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Welfare Law
  • Medical Law
  • Employment Law 
  • Environmental Law 

For non-law graduates, the LLB offers an opportunity to convert to a career in law. As a result the two year LLB places an emphasis on developing not just legal knowledge but also your skills base. You will be required to take 60 credits in each academic year, which will include a combination of compulsory and elective modules and a skills module.   

As a non-law graduate, if you choose to study for the LLB you will take core modules which are the foundation topics required for the professional exams – FE1s and Kings Inn exams. These include 

  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • EU Law

In addition you will also have options which would allow you to study subjects such as 

  • Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law 
  • Corporate and Financial Services Law
  • Commercial Law

Course Info

Course Code : CKL13 one-year program CKL44 two-year program

College : Business and Law

Duration : 1 year for Law graduates; 2 years for Non-Law graduates

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 8

Fees :

Please note that all fees listed below are in Euros (€).  Tuition fees will depend on the number of years that you will be studying (one or two years).

Registration Fee


Tuition Fee


Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)


The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable tuition fees Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).  

As expenses are subject to change, tuition fees may be changed at any time without notice by UCC.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.

Intake Dates :

Intake Dates

The  next intake date is 11-September-2017.

IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017.  This 7-month preparation period includes:

  • Review by the School of Law for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

Make sure you apply early!  We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork.  As an international student, your qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis as all applications must be approved by the school of Law.  These are the eligibility requirements:

  • If you meet the initial entry requirements and have a Law Degree (Level 8) with at least Second Class Honours (or have equivalent professional qualification/s and experience in law, as determined by the School of Law), you should apply for the 60 credit route (one year).
    • Applications are also welcome from mature graduates currently employed in co-operatives or other development organisations who can arrange a one year leave of absence to attend the Postgraduate Diploma Courses
  • You must be able to demonstrate competence in the use of the English language.  If English is not your native language, you must meet UCC's minimum standards of English language proficiency.  Results from ANY of the following five English language exams  are accepted:
    • IELTS (Academic Test)
      • 6.5 Overall band score
      • 5.5 Minimum band per individual section
    • TOEFL iBT
      • 90 Overall Score. Minimum scores of
      • 17 For Listening and Writing
      • 18 For Reading
      • 20 For Speaking
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam
      • Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam
      • Grade B
    • Pearson PTE
      • 63 Minimum score
      • No section score below 59

Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.

The Law Faculty uses a system of offer rounds to facilitate decision-making and early notification to applicants. You are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible. New applications will continue to be reviewed at each round if there are still programme places available.

You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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