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Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the website of the UCD Sutherland School of Law. The School’s teaching and research activities are characterised by successful programmes of international and interdisciplinary engagement at the forefront of contemporary understandings of law. The School’s activities are informed by a belief that a critical understanding is vital both to understanding the significance of law for social and economic life, and for enabling academic staff, students and graduates to contribute to legal and public policy changes. The ambitions and achievements of the School are now fully matched by the first class, purpose-built facilities of the Sutherland School of Law building, completed in 2013.

Since 1911 our educational mission has remained at the heart of our endeavours and today our wide range of high quality undergraduate degree programmes encourage the development of both a critical understanding of law and the enhancement of legal and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Our students enjoy extensive opportunities to study abroad at some of the leading law schools of Europe, North America and Asia and to develop their skills through participation in extracurricular activities such as debating, mooting and provision of legal services to students, alongside the more general range of society activities and events that UCD has to offer.

At graduate level we have a wide variety of study programmes towards Masters and Doctoral degrees and Diplomas. The School offers both general and specialised masters programmes for law and non-law graduates. The new interdisciplinary Masters in International Law and Business, taught jointly with the highly ranked UCD Smurfit School of Business, commences in September. Specialised Masters in Laws (LLM) programmes include those in International Commercial Law, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law and the interdisciplinary programmes in International Human Rights, European Law and Public Affairs and Criminology (LLM or MSc for non-law graduates). LLM students have a study abroad option leading towards the award of a Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL). The School also offers the two year Masters in Common Law (MCL) for non-law graduates seeking to take the appropriate recognised courses for a career in the legal professions. The School attracts many students from all over the world to its structured PhD programmes in Law and in European Law and Governance. The long-standing Diploma programmes in Arbitration and Employment Law offer the possibility of developing new professional expertise as do options to build single level graduate modules for CPD points into diploma and masters awards. These programmes are complemented by our provision of a wide range of shorter CPD activity.

The School’s outstanding reputation for research spans most of the main fields of law. Academic staff and research students in the School routinely publish their research in leading scholarly journals and books published by the main academic presses.  The interdisciplinary and international character of much of the School’s research is reflected in the school’s main research groups in criminology and criminal justice, regulation and governance, constitutional studies, human rights and legal history. The School also contributes to other UCD interdisciplinary centres, such as the Dublin European Institute and the Earth Institute.  Research in the School has a key role both in advancing knowledge and influencing the development of the legal system and in informing public policy, for example in the scrutiny of governmental activities in the field of human rights, employment law reform and the codification of the criminal law. Students have the opportunity to develop experience in writing, publishing and editing through participation in the activities of the UCD Law Review. Academic staff in the School are extensively involved in editing and advising on the publication of scholarly work. The leading Irish law journal, the  Irish Jurist, and Legal Studies, the journal of the Society of Legal Scholars of United Kingdom and Ireland, are both edited in the School.

The inclusive and dynamic environment offered by the Sutherland School of Law building support the School in its quest for academic excellence across its programmes of education and research and facilitates deeper engagement with the legal community and civil society at all levels.

Colin Scott