Raising the bar at WIT

Participating in the 2013 National Moot Competition.  Colm Brady, final year LL.B., Deirdre Adams, Programme Leader & Erin O'Hagan studying for the Bar in King's Inns.

Participating in the 2013 National Moot Competition. Colm Brady, final year LL.B., Deirdre Adams, Programme Leader & Erin O'Hagan studying for the Bar in King's Inns.

WIT first Institute of Technology to offer LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws)

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has always been a leader in the development of legal education in Ireland and the Institute is now the first Institute of Technology in the country to offer an ab initio LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) degree programme. This degree is accredited by the Law Society of Ireland and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

According to Dr. Richard Hayes, Head of the School of Humanities at WIT, “The re-designation of our honours law degree as an LL.B. is recognition of the quality of our programme and of our staff and is a great accolade for the School. We have been delivering Law programmes for 40 years and take great pride in the quality of our teaching and of our graduates. The designation also offers significant advantage for WIT students in pursuing their careers both nationally and internationally in that the LL.B. title is universally recognised by employers and legal professionals. Leaving certificate students who aspire to completing a law degree will now have an additional option when completing their CAO applications.”

On completion of the three year degree, students will have a broad-based legal education together with a range of transferable skills which provide a solid foundation for advancement to the legal professions.

Dr. Albert Keating, Barrister and Ireland’s leading academic and author in the field of probate law, observed that “our graduates have made their mark on the legal professions in Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand and Canada over the decades and their advancement has contributed to the reputation of our law programmes. It is fitting that our undergraduates will now obtain a degree which is internationally recognised.”

Opportunities for graduates exist in other fields according to Grainne Callanan, Co-Ordinator of Law Programmes at WIT, stating that “graduates will be highly regarded in other careers where knowledge of law, critical thinking and analytical skills are regarded as necessary. Our graduates have pursued careers in banking, insurance, the IT sector as well as in journalism, broadcasting, and law enforcement.”

Graduates will also be in a position to advance to postgraduate programmes including the LL.M. (Master of Laws) at WIT and equivalent postgraduate programmes at all the leading universities in Ireland and abroad.

Deirdre Adams, Solicitor and Programme Leader of the LL.B, commented, “students are actively encouraged to take part in all aspects of student life, and will have the opportunity to engage in short-term work placements with practicing lawyers, debating, moot competitions and legal essay competitions. They can also participate in the student Law Society which closely engages with members and offers a range of educational, career and social events which enhance the law experience at WIT.”

For more information, please visit [url=http://www.wit.ie/wd140]http://www.wit.ie/wd140[/url] or contact Deirdre Adams, LL.B. Programme Leader at [email protected] or Grainne Callanan, Law Programme Coordinator, at [email protected].

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