Dear Alumni and Friends,. I am delighted to welcome you to the 2003 edition of the Law Faculty newsletter. The newsletter highlights major activities in the Faculty during the past year. Staff of the Faculty have been exceptionally active this year in terms of research and we are pleased to be able to report on a number of major staff publications and presentations at conferences and on a significant increase in Law Faculty involvement in funded research. The development of new programmes particularly at postgraduate level continues and this year saw the launch of the LL.M. in e-Law and Commercial law. This new degree complements the wide variety of information technology law initiatives run from the Faculty, details of which are provided inside. A further new specialised LL.M. degree, the LL.M. in Criminal Justice, will commence next October and this innovative programme will draw on the considerable strengths of the Faculty in this area. The Faculty is also pleased that another cycle of the successful Evening Law degree will commence in October. The Faculty’s commitment to the wider legal community is bolstered by the announcement of a series of regular seminars on topics of interest to legal practitioners and other professionals. This year’s alumni section concentrates on graduates of the Law Faculty who have built careers for themselves outside of the traditional area of legal practice. The calibre of our students continues to be reflected in the very wide range of activities reported on, such as the Law Students Conference, Cork Online Law Review, the Annual Gala Moot, and the winning by recent UCC law graduates of significant scholarships against stiff competition. The main goal of the Faculty at this time is to put in place a Law Building which will provide an appropriate setting for the extensive range of activities undertaken by UCC Law Faculty as a modern and innovative Law School. Details of the planned new Law School building are set out in the newsletter and we will be actively seeking the support of our graduates and friends in realising this goal over the coming year. Finally, I wish to acknowledge the excellent work of the editorial committee under the supervision of the editor of the newsletter, Dr Darius Whelan.
Maeve McDonagh Dean of the Faculty and Head of the Department of Law, University College Cork.