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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 which seek to harness the transformational power 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 and both national and international levels. 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 its establishment in 1911 the School's 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 also enjoy extensive opportunities to study abroad at some of the leading law schools of Europe, North America and Asia contributing to the development of truly global lawyers. Students have the opportunity to develop experience in writing, publishing and editing through participation in the activities of the UCD Law Review. Student are also encouraged 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 the graduate level we have a wide variety of study programmes towards Masters and Doctoral degrees and Diplomas. The School offers specialised Masters programmes (LLM) in International Commercial Law and Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. Interdisciplinary programmes, which are also open to non-law graduates, are offered in International Human Rights, European Law and Public Affairs, Criminology and Criminal Justice, and International Law and Business. In keeping with the School's global philosophy, Masters students are offered the opportunity to study abroad at our partner universities leading to the award of a Certificate in Comparative, International and European Law (CIEL). The School attracts many students from all over the world to both its Masters programmes and its structured PhD programmes in Law and in European Law and Governance. The Diploma programmes in Arbitration, Adjudication 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.

The School’s outstanding reputation for research spans most of the main fields of law. Research in the School has a key role in advancing knowledge, influencing the development of the legal system and informing public policy debates in areas such as constitutional reform, criminal justice and respect for human rights. Academic staff and doctoral students in the School routinely publish their research in leading scholarly journals and in 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.  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 supports 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.

Joe McMahon