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UCD Sutherland School of Law offers a wide programme of Professional Development which include Professional Diplomas, Single Masters-Level Courses and CPD Conferences and Seminars as a means of further deepening your legal knowledge. (CPD Events are listed on our Events Calender here). The following Professional Diplomas specialise in areas of Law that are of interest to Professionals from a legal background or from a related area where a deeper specific knowledge is required.

Professional Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

Apply now for January 2024. Full details are available here.

This is an innovative part-time Level 9 Online Diploma for professionals who wish to upskill in the area of dispute resolution and mediation. Applications are open on a rolling basis for this Diploma. The interactive programme has many innovative features and includes contributions from Irish, UK and overseas experts giving participants an unrivalled perspective into the growing and increasingly important area of dispute resolution on a global level. Recent participant have said: 

"As a transactional lawyer with a background in Real Estate Law, I found the course to be particularly beneficial. …this course is not just relevant to those involved in litigation/dispute resolution but to almost all practitioners and indeed to non lawyers who operate in the commercial world." (Mark Barr, Independent Director and Consultant).

"The course offers the opportunity to acquire all the mediation techniques, tools, and frameworks that are critical to evolving your own knowledge and skills." (Eamonn Hunt, Barrister at Law).

"It has been an enriching time from day one and tailored by the team to draw out our best in a relaxed and frankly fun atmosphere. I unreservedly recommend this programme and encourage you to give it a go!” (Jean Anglin, HR Professional, Geneva).

"I would highly recommend this course as it provides an in-depth, comprehensive analysis of mediation theory and practice, together with learnings from voices from the "real world" of mediation. To have access to these leading mediation experts from around the world is a huge plus." (Barrister at Law, working in-house)

Read the testimonials in full here

All course content including fees and how to apply are available at this link, additional queries can be emailed to (opens in a new window)lawdiplomas@ucd.ie

The Diploma prospectus is also available to download here an introductory video can be viewed below.

Professional Diploma in Employment Law 

Note: This Diploma is not running in January 2024.

(opens in a new window)Professional Diploma in Arbitration

Apply now for January 2024: Full details available here.

Qualify as an Arbitrator - gain internationally recognised credentials and the skills to make a real difference in dispute resolution. Arbitration is increasingly used as an alternative to litigation before the Courts.  The Diploma is the only one of its kind in Ireland and will equip participants with the competence required to conduct or participate in arbitrations.

Professional Diploma in Data Protection and Governance

Apply now for January 2024: Full details available here.

This 24 week Diploma is designed to supply training for Data Protection Officers and others involved in the compliance role in organisations.  It will also be of relevance to any legal practitioners involved in this area.  For further information see.

(opens in a new window)Professional Diploma in Law (General)

This 30 credit Professional Diploma in Law offers professionals an opportunity to study a choice of legal modules from our Masters in Law (LLM) programmes. There are many subject areas to choose from, ranging from Human Rights to Intellectual Property and Criminology & Criminal Justice, etc. On completion of this Diploma, graduates may wish to continue their studies with a 90 credit LLM programme (Masters degree in Law). 

Apply now for January 2024: Full details available here

(opens in a new window)Professional Certificate in Law (Single Masters Level Modules)

This 10 credit certificate course has been designed to allow students the opportunity to choose from a wide range of legal subject areas. You will study alongside Masters (LLM) Students and may consider continuing to study the LLM, subject to meeting LLM entry requirements.

Apply now for January 2024: Full details available here

Dignity and Respect in the Sutherland School of Law: see more information here

UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.