Taught course

Global Legal Studies

Maynooth University · Department of Law

Entry requirements

Candidates should have obtained an honours (Level 8) degree (minimum second class honours) in Law. Candidates must hold a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. Admissions decisions are at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Prospective applicants who do not meet these entry requirements can apply to have prior learning and experience recognised for the purposes of admission. For details on how to apply, see the Department of Law's Policy for Assessment of Non-Standard Entrants' Applications for Postgraduate Programmes. The Admissions Committee will assess such applications in line with the University’s policy on recognition of prior experiential learning.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM in Global Legal Studies is an innovative programme that provides students with a world-class legal education, which is grounded in an appreciation of global social, economic, and cultural contexts and challenges. The increased potential for international elements to any legal issue – from trade and business, to crime, to migration, to information technology, to privacy – has meant that legal graduates need to possess skills that transcend one national jurisdiction.

The LLM in Global Legal Studies imparts just those skills. By taking the LLM in Global Legal Studies, students will be exposed to a range of areas of legal regulation in a manner that goes far beyond one jurisdiction and will gain critical insights from a range of other disciplines, including politics, psychology, economics, and sociology. The programme facilitates career pathways in law, business, politics, non-governmental organisations, and policymaking bodies at the national and international levels. In addition, certain modules on the programme are run in partnership with leading law firms, offering students the opportunity to apply for work placements at the end of their studies.

Modules focus on three areas:

  • Global Business (including International Investment Law; World Trade Law; Funds Law);
  • Social Justice and Human Rights (including International Human Rights Law; Disability Law & Policy; Gender, Sexuality and the Law);
  • Transnational Regulation (including Information Privacy Law; Information Technology Law; Globalisation, Migration and the Law).

Students may specialise in a particular area or choose modules from different areas.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants. National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Fees and funding

International students

For funding and scholarship opportunities see here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Law