2019/2020

LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law)

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

The LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) is a full-time programme running for 12 months or a part-time programme running for 24 months from the date of first registration for the programme. A full-time candidate may not, during the currency of the LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law), simultaneously pursue any other form of education training or employment, without the advance permission of the School of Law.


Candidates must be approved by the School of Law and must normally:
(a) hold a Law Degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1
or
(b) have such other relevant third level educational qualifications and/or professional experience as, in the opinion of the School of Law, qualifies the candidate to undertake the LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) Degree.
or
(c) have passed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Child and Family Law)/Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Children's Rights and Family Law) offered by the School of Law at University College Cork.
or
(d) have passed the Postgraduate Certificate in Child Law/Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law or the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law offered by the School of Law at University College Cork.

Note: Where appropriate, the Academic Programme Director will identify, in consultation with the candidate, certain elective modules to be taken by a candidate admitted under entry criteria (b) or (d) above. The taking of specified modules may be made a condition of acceptance of a candidate's application

The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.

Exemptions - Professional Diplomas
Candidates in the possession of professional diplomas relevant to the LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) may on application make a request for exemption from up to 20 credits of elective modules. This request will be considered by the Programme Director and the Chair of the Postgraduate Committee and decisions regarding exemptions will be made on the basis of the relevance of the professional diploma to the programme. Exemption forms are available from the School of Law. The Programme Director and the Chair of the Postgraduate Committee will also allocate the distribution of exemptions in line with the programme requirements and reflecting a workload balance over the duration of the degree.

Full-time:
Students take 90 credits as follows.

Core Modules – List A:
Students take core modules to the value of 80 credits as follows:

LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
LW6549 International Children's Rights (10 credits)
LW6563 Children's Rights Law in Practice (10 credits)
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6569 LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) Dissertation (30 credits)
LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)

Plus one of the following:

EITHER

LW6614 Family Law Clinic (5 credits)
OR
LW6615 Children's Rights Law Clinic (5 credits)

Note: The other clinic module not chosen here may be taken as an elective see List B below.

Elective Modules – List B¹
Student take modules to the value of 10 credits from the list of elective modules set out below. (The Clinic module chosen from List A may not be chosen again).
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
LW6609 Mental Health Law (5 credits)
LW6614 Family Law Clinic (5 credits)
LW6615 Children's Rights Law Clinic (5 credits)
LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution (5 credits)
LW6634 International Refugee Law (5 credits)

List C: Undergraduate Module²
LW1161 Constitutional Law: Fundamental Rights (5 credits)
LW2275 Family Law: Child Law (5 credits)
LW2276 Family Law: Family Relationships (5 credits)

It may be that not all modules listed above will be offered in any particular session and/or other options may become available.

Notes:
¹ In certain cases, with the permission of the Programme Director, students may elect to take 10 credits from the list available for the LLM Degree (see here) (other than those listed above) in substitution for 10 credits of the elective modules in List B.
² Where appropriate, the Programme Director will identify, in consultation with the candidate, whether these modules should be taken by candidates admitted under entry criterion (b) or (d) above. The taking of a module from List C may be made a condition of acceptance of a candidate's application where a candidate has not previously studied that module. Registration for these modules requires the permission of the Programme Director. Where it is agreed that a student will register for a module from List C, such modules will replace the List B modules otherwise to be taken by the student. The Programme Director may also recommend that students audit other modules, as appropriate to their previous qualifications and experience.

In order to ensure a reasonable distribution of workload, when choosing modules for all programmes, students should take a balance of credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students who wish to deviate from this rule must seek permission from their Programme Director.

Part-time:

List A: Core modules to be taken in either year 1 or year 2 to the value of 50 credits as follows:

LW6507 Comparative Family Property Law (5 credits)
LW6546 Juvenile Justice (10 credits)
LW6549 International Children's Rights (10 credits)
LW6563 Children's Rights Law in Practice (10 credits)
LW6568 The Family and the Law (10 credits)
LW6603 Legal Regulation of Cohabitation and Emerging Family Forms (5 credits)

Plus one of the following:

EITHER

LW6614 Family Law Clinic (5 credits)
OR
LW6615 Children's Rights Law Clinic (5 credits)

Note: The other clinic module not chosen here may be taken as an elective see List B below.

List A: Core Module to be taken year 2

LW6569 LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) Dissertation (30 credits)

Elective Modules to be taken in year 1 or 2 - List B
Student take modules to the value of 10 credits from the list of elective modules set out below. (The Clinic module chosen from List A may not be chosen again)
LW6592 Mental Capacity Law (5 credits)
LW6609 Mental Health Law (5 credits)
LW6614 Family Law Clinic (5 credits)
LW6615 Children's Rights Law Clinic (5 credits)
LW6619 Alternative Dispute Resolution (5 credits)
LW6634 International Refugee Law (5 credits)

List C: Undergraduate Module²
LW1161 Constitutional Law: Fundamental Rights (5 credits)
LW2275 Family Law: Child Law (5 credits)
LW2276 Family Law: Family Relationships (5 credits)

It may be that not all modules listed above will be offered in any particular session and/or other options may become available.

Notes:

¹ In certain cases, with the permission of the Programme Director, students may elect to take 10 credits from the list available for the LLM Degree (see here) (other than those listed above) in substitution for 10 credits of the elective modules in List B.

² Where appropriate, the Programme Director will identify, in consultation with the candidate, whether these modules should be taken by candidates admitted under entry criterion (b) or (d) above. The taking of a module from List C may be made a condition of acceptance of a candidate's application where a candidate has not previously studied that module. Registration for these modules requires the permission of the Programme Director. Where it is agreed that a student will register for a module from List C, such modules will replace the List B modules otherwise to be taken by the student. The Programme Director may also recommend that students audit other modules, as appropriate to their previous qualifications and experience.

In order to ensure a reasonable distribution of workload, when choosing modules for all programmes, students should take a balance of credits between Semester 1 and Semester 2. Students who wish to deviate from this rule must seek permission from their Programme Director.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Examinations
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2019/2020 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2019/2020.

Submission of LLM Dissertation
The LLM dissertation must be submitted for examination at the Winter Board, on a date in September to be specified by the School of Law at the commencement of the programme.

Exit Award - Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law (NFQ Level 9 Minor Award)
Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 30 credits that meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law (see here), students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law.

Exit Award - Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law (NFQ Level 9 Minor Award)
Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 30 credits that meet the requirements of the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law (see here) students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law.

Exit Award - Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Children's Rights and Family Law) (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Upon successful completion of taught modules to the value of 60 credits, registered LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) students may opt not to proceed with the programme and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Children's Rights and Family Law).

Programme Learning Outcomes for LLM (Children's Rights and Family Law) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Child and Family Law) (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Children's Rights Law (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Family Law (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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