ProfDip Law

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

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



  • Students applying for this course will benefit from the option to tailor the Diploma to their own specific needs in terms of the modules they will select and the time those particular modules are offered. 
  • The Professional Diploma in Law offers students a choice of modules from our Masters in Law (LLM) programmes, and lectures will be shared with LLM students.  In essence, students will ‘build’ their own unique Professional Diploma in Law, concentrating on the areas of law of most interest or relevance to them, i.e. Human Rights, IP & IT, Criminology & Criminal Justice, etc.

Careers & Employability

The Programme is for Professionals. You will be expected to have either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in an area of relevance to the subjects you wish to study, Applications are accepted from 

  • Practising barristers or solicitors
  • Barristers or solicitors actively engaged in legally connected employment,
  • Graduates holding an approved university degree or law-based interdisciplinary university degree,
  • Persons with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or such experiences as would satisfy the School that they are able to participate on this course.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff, Dr. Oonagh Breen, and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Applications for admission to the Programme are invited from practising barristers or solicitors, graduates holding an approved university law degree or law-based inter disciplinary university degree or equivalent.

Applications will also be considered from the holders of academic and/or professional qualifications and/or proof of such experience as satisfy the School of Law that they are able to participate fully in the course and will be required to study the Introduction to Law module in advance of being admitted to the course.

This 30 credit programme is for professionals with either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in an area of relevance to the subjects they wish to study. The student may tailor the programme to his or her specific professional needs, in terms of the Law modules they select (from among those available in the Masters' programmes offered by the School) at the time at which they are taken.

Students are challenged to think more critically about the social, cultural and political dimensions of the law, as well as the technical aspects of its application. The understanding thereby acquired is relevant to their contribution as citizens in an increasingly wide range of areas, as well as to their chosen careers.

We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others' leadership, teamwork and communication skills, with a special emphasis on the applicability of these in the practice of law.

To these ends, the programme makes intensive use or teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as small-group teaching, in class presentations (individual and group) and academic writing.

  • 1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of modules taken 2. Apply that knowledge and understanding in diverse environments 3. Communicate, appropriately, to different audiences

ProfDip Law (B389) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 4270
nonEU    fee per year - € 6840

***Fees are subject to change

Applicants should take careful note of the following

  • Official references must be submitted as proof of work experience by all applicants or Official Transcripts can be submitted as proof of examination results, where relevant.  Students of UCD applying for the Diploma do not need to supply Transcripts but should submit relevant professional references.
  • The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. Thus, you should detail your relevant professional and practical experience.
  • Applicants must nominate two academic referees unless the applicant has been in employment for more than two years, in which case one of the named referees must be an employer. Applicants are required to submit the name, position held, postal address, email address and contact number for the two academic referees.

For Further Details Contact:

Áine Ahern 

UCD Sutherland School of Law, 
University College Dublin, 
Dublin 4 

Telephone (01) 716 4112

The following entry routes are available:

Prof Dip Law Jan PT (B408)
1 Years
Part Time
Prof Dip Law PT (B389)
1 Years
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised