Bar Council of India recognition for UL Law degrees

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Brilliant news for our Law students – the School of Law at the University of Limerick has secured recognition of UL Law programmes by the Bar Council of India.

UL’s School of Law is only the second law school in Ireland to achieve such recognition. The approval process saw a week-long visit of a high level delegation of the Bar Council of India to Limerick in August 2017. During this visit, the delegation meet with staff and students of the School of Law as well as with key stakeholders and representatives of the wider University, including the President of UL and senior staff from the Library, Language Centre, International Education Division, Writing Centre etc. The recognition process was co-ordinated by Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan, School of Law.

This is another great endorsement – at an international level –  of the law programmes delivered by the School of Law and will ensure…

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How To Keep In Touch With Friends From Home

By Sarah Talty, 4th year Journalism and New Media

You meet so many amazing new people in college, between groups and societies, housemates and course-mates, you will end up making a whole group of new friends! This is great but we don’t want to lose our old friends from home too.

A lot of people worry about keeping in touch with their friends from home when they go off to college. Although it isn’t just when people first head to college that they lose contact with old friends, it can happen gradually throughout college.

Long distance friendships are work and usually it won’t take much to keep in contact. We all have social media platforms now that make us feel like we know exactly what’s going on in people’s lives and our friends are just a tap away. But nothing beats meeting in person and sometimes college life gets so busy that we forget to make time to see people at home.

Here are some tips to ensure you don’t drift apart from your good home friends:

Communicate Often

This seems really simple and it is! With our phones, the Internet and social media we can’t make any excuses for not keeping in contact with people. College life is exciting and busy but make sure to check in with each other often. A phone call is a great way of staying up to date with each other’s news. You can also leave each other voice messages on Whatsapp or Facebook, this way you can leave them and listen to them and reply to them when you have a free ten minutes.

Visit Each Other

Invite your friend to come stay at your college house and visa versa. Whether you go out to a club, for drinks, for dinner, a walk or watch a movie at home, it doesn’t matter. Visiting the place your friend calls home for 5 days a week will help you grow closer. Now when they complain about their messy housemate you have a face to put with the name.  It will help  You will no doubt be excited to share this new part of your life with each other.

Plan Meet Ups

Often we don’t have a lot of free time at the weekends. If you have a job at home you’ll be lucky to have time to see your family. Then your commute back to college could take up half your Sunday. It’s important to make time to plan your time in advance to see friends. It could be a late movie night when you’re both finished your split shifts or a breakfast date before you set off to college. You’ll be surprised as well at how even a short meeting with your best friend at the weekend can set you up for a good week.

Plan Something Fun In The Future To Do Together

This is really effective at making sure you keep in touch! Plan to do something in the future that you both love. This could be anything from the cinema to see a movie you’re excited about, a concert, a holiday or a nice dinner out. Having something planned to do will keep you connected to each other, it gives you something to talk about and get excited about together. Also if you can’t meet up as often as you’d like it means that when you finally do you will be doing something that you both really enjoy.

‘Making A Murderer’ attorney to lecture UL law students

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The defence lawyer at the centre of the 2015 Netflix documentary series ‘Making A Murderer’ will take up a position this month as guest lecturer on University of Limerick’s law programmes.

American attorney Dean Strang will deliver lectures over six weeks at UL’s School of Law starting on February 10, 2018.

Mr Strang provided legal representation for Steven Avery, twice convicted of murder in Wisconsin, who came to public attention in the Netflix series documenting the overturning of his first conviction and the procedural details of his second. The series drew global audiences and shone a light on the US legal system.

Commenting on the announcement Mr Strang said:

“The University of Limerick has given me the chance of a lifetime: to immerse myself in an Irish law school for nearly two months, and to learn about how law is taught and lived in Ireland. I will have chances to…

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Brazilian students complete Winter School in Family Law at UL

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The School of Law, UL, was delighted to host a group of visiting students from Brazil in January 2018 for a four week “Winter School in Family Law”. The students, who are all studying Law in Maringá, Brazil, studied a wide range of Family Law issues including marriage, divorce, domestic violence, surrogacy, children’s rights and cohabitants’ rights. Lectures were delivered by Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan, Dr Lydia Bracken, Dr Susan Leahy and Ms Dara O’Dwyer, School of Law. The students also undertook English classes each morning with the Language Centre, UL.

The Winter School – which was co-ordinated by Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan from the School of Law along with colleagues in the Language Centre – arose from collaborations between the School of Law, UL and the School of Law, UniCesumar. The visiting students were led by their lecturer, Mr Luiz Geraldo do Carmo Gomes, a former visiting Family Law…

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UL Postgraduate Study Open Evening


Join us on Thursday the 22nd of February, from 17.30 to 19.30, at the University of Limerick Postgrad Open Evening, in The Pavilion on the University’s North Campus.

The University of Limerick offers a suite of taught postgraduate programmes and invites you to meet UL Faculty and current postgraduates to learn more about the opportunities that await you for 2018 and beyond.

UL is committed to delivering an exceptional student experience that is designed to match the drive and ambition of our students. Register now for UL Postgraduate Open Evening 2018 by clicking here and signing up

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Housing Law and Policy Students Graduate from School of Law

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mm Photographed with their certificates of completion are Lorraine Heffernan, Anne Cronin and Collette Collins, along with Professor Shane Kilcommins and Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan (UL) and Caroline Keane and Roz Palmer (Community Law & Mediation)

On Thursday 25th January, 2018 the School of Law was delighted to welcome back some of its students who undertook its Housing Law and Policy online programme in Autumn/Winter 2017.

In a combined initiative between the School of Law, UL and Community Law and Mediation, the programme addressed a range of legal and policy issues in the area of housing.


The programme, which was worth 6 ECTS credits and received a full complement of CPD points from the Law Society of Ireland, was co-taught by Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan (UL) and Ms Caroline Keane (Solicitor with Community Law and Mediation). Students who graduated from the programme included representatives from Novas, the Peter McVerry Trust, Citizens Information…

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International Study Exchange Experience at the School of Law, UL

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The School of Law was delighted to welcome four Study Exchange students from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to the University of Limerick for the autumn/winter semester 2017/18. The law students (Brooke Haberstock, Kaitlin Kuefler, Matthew Janssen and Meaghan Partridge) studied a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules delivered by the School of Law and, in addition to their studies, also took the opportunity to discover Ireland.


One of the visiting students, Kaitlin Kuefler, had the following to say about her experience:

“I had a wonderful experience the University of Limerick’s School of Law. As a visiting law student from Canada, studying at UL allowed me to familiarize myself with the law of the European Union and the legal traditions of Ireland, topics of which I would not otherwise have been exposed.

I took both masters and undergraduate courses and found the course selection and quality of instruction…

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Tales from the student village

By Simran Kapur


Living with seven boys, has its perks. No I most certainly am not referring to Friends with Benefits here. They aren’t the bickering kind and occasionally help me with carrying my bags home from Aldi. Plus wherever you go, you’ll always have Z+ security, walking you back safely.

We are however the chaotic kind, you’d see us all in our tiny living room trying to make dinner and occasionally breaking a few glasses in the process. On some days, you’d find us screaming our lungs out and playing absolutely meaningless games, which they won’t admit but I always win at.

In our tiny little house, we’ve had many fun-filled evenings. Singing, dancing and watching trashy films became our little tradition. However one November evening, snuggled up in our respective rooms, we were in a rush to finish our assignments. The Wifi had been down (it was our neighbour’s fault) and to top it all off, house inspection was round the corner. I was just about the edit the most crucial part of my radio podcast when this loud noise almost made me deaf and shook me off my seat.

I ran into the kitchen to see if our cooking experiments had caused the fire alarm to go off. By now the sound was unbearable, yet I didn’t find any funny business in the kitchen. I quickly grabbed my keys and phone and was about the run down the stairs, when I saw all my boys staring at the fire alarm box, puzzled. I expected them to have a more worried reaction, or the urge to run out and call for help, but they stood there transfixed. Unable to bear the noise anymore I pushed them aside and stepped out in a rush, when one of them called out to me and said, ‘Could you call someone from the reception?’

By the time I came back with a Resident Assistant, the noise had subsided. My extremely capable flatmates, figured out a way to make the noise bearable. Staring at the box, did help after all. However, before I could rejoice the fact that this would all be over soon, the alarm went off again. Forcing us to stand out in the rain, shivering.

With Campus Security on their way, we were absolutely curious why the alarm went off in the first place. Turns out, in his quest to make our house tidy and clean, the broom which my flatmate was using to clean the corridor with fell on the Fire Alarm glass causing all the ruckus. Even when we were being responsible, it nearly cost us our hearing capacity. You’ll be happy to know, we now maintain a 4ft distance from the alarm, lest it goes off again, scarred are our minds.

Warning: Do not try this at home!


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Minding your mental heath at the University of Limerick

By Roisin O’Donoghue

University is wonderful, but it can also be rather terrifying. You’re thrown into a world of study, experiments and debating all of which can totally overwhelm you even if you enjoy it. University is also a place where you learn not just about the world but also about who you are as a person. You discover new interests, new friends, what type of person you want to be and what your place in the world really is. Some of these revelations may not be what you expected or even what you like.

My own experience of this was rough. In school I had no particular identity and nothing stood out about me, not that standing out is that important. However, I felt that I didn’t have a personality, people skills or a life in general. Coming to UL changed all that. Starting my course I found what I was passionate about, what kind of person I was and I began to see that there is a place in the world for me. However, my self-image still had not improved much and I harboured a lot of resentment and bitterness from the years before. Meeting new people and learning about how much there was to be achieved in life didn’t excite me but rather paralysed me. Insecurity and confusion about the right way to be infiltrated my brain and I couldn’t see any aspect of myself that was worth acknowledging. I knew I was not behaving rationally but the fog wouldn’t lift.

All hope was not lost though as UL has an amazing attitude towards mental health and caring for the students. I was advised to seek help from the free counselling service which provided me with a safe way of airing my grievances without being told I was overreacting or that my problem wasn’t bad enough to care about. I explained how I was feeling and it helped a lot. Although your mental health is something that can be both strong and fragile and this means that it takes looking after. Even now I still have moments, days and weeks of greyness and because I’ve got used to it it’s almost become a comfort but I can’t stay trapped in it forever.

Coming to university means exposing yourself to the world and this will likely lead you to take on a new perspective of it and yourself. If you are struggling with your mental or emotional health I would strongly urge you to seek help from someone. As I’ve said UL is brilliant in how helpful it can be to its student body so don’t be afraid to get the help you need.


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Why You Shouldn’t Worry If You’re Going Into College Alone

By Sarah Talty, 4th year Journalism and New Media


There were roughly 1,200 students in my year at secondary school and only about 16 of us went to the University of Limerick.

None of my friends were going to UL and anybody I did vaguely know going to UL was commuting. Essentially I was starting over at UL alone. My dad reminded me that I was as nervous going into primary school where I knew nobody at all and I was fine. Then again he reminisced I was nervous going into secondary school alone too, when all of my other friends went to another all girls secondary school in town and I was fine. I reassured myself with the thought that I had made a lot of great friends on both occasions but it didn’t stop me from feeling any less nervous.

My poor mother. I was so incredibly nervous going to UL, to move into my new Plassey house full of strangers, that I did not speak to her the entire car journey. Any attempts at conversation were met with a tight-lipped grunt. She drove me into the car park in the middle of Plassey Village where my little house was located. Students were already walking around in pairs and groups and I felt utterly alone. I looked up at the windows of my house ablaze with light, indicating some of my housemates were already there. I had dropped off most of my things a few days ago with my parents and sister in tow. We met two other girls who were living with me who were lovely but also best friends from home. I knew they wouldn’t be down that night anyways, they had told me that. Suddenly I couldn’t talk to my mother enough, I just wanted to stay in that car

I need not have worried. I tentatively opened the door to my house and a tall boy appeared before me. He informed me he was one of my housemates and they were all going to Stables and I had to join them. No I couldn’t, I told him. I wasn’t really planning on going out with orientation the next day, I had nothing to drink or to wear, but my excuses fell on deaf ears and I was swept upstairs to my room. I met a new housemate, a girl this time, who promptly lent me shoes and swapped makeup tips. Some of my nerves dissolved as I was swept up into the giddy excitement at my first taste of proper freedom. My parents never would have allowed me to go out when I had something as important at orientation at 9am the next morning. But I was in college and all of my decisions, good and bad, were now my own.

Over the next few days, through housemates and orientation and nights out and meeting all the kind, interesting people in my course, I made lots of friends. Just like my dad knew I would.

Bottom line is please don’t worry if you’re going to college alone. Okay I won’t tell you not to worry because of course you will, just as I did. I will tell you just know that you will be fine and standing on your own two feet and starting fresh and having to lean how to make new friends just like you did when you were 5 and 12 is just as exciting and rewarding at 18. Hopefully you will make as an amazing and solid group of friends as I did and can count them as friends for years to come.