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St Mary's University, Strawberry Hill, launches new law school

The launch of the new law school

ST Mary's University in Strawberry Hill has launched a new law school by announcing a degree which will also see students gain awards from the Catholic University of Paris (ICP).

The school will offer the Masters in International and European Business Law together with a new masters degree in International Business Law from September 2019.

St Mary's was founded in 1850 by the Catholic Poor Schools Committee to meet the need for teachers to provide an education for the growing number of poor Catholic children.

Its ethos derives from the philosophy of Cardinal Newman, the architect of the modern understanding of a university.

The new Masters degree in International and European Business Law will see students spending one semester in Strawberry Hill and a second semester in Paris at ICP, a historic French university renowned for its excellence in its core academic fields of law, education and theology.

The LLMs offer a distinctive focus on current and future changes in the global and regional legal order. These features will form a crucial part of the courses through the focus that will be placed on international commercial and business operations, and will be aligned with the international and ethical orientation of both St Mary's and ICP.

The school will offer three undergraduate programmes alongside its new LLM degrees. It will also take an active role in the university's research output through its Centre for Law and Culture and through its close links other centres in the faculty, such as the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery.

St Mary's Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Campbell is from Co Down.

"The new law school and the LLMs underline our commitment to innovation, partnership and providing the best educational, social and ethical platform, from which our students can enter the legal community and make a tangible difference," he said.

"We firmly believe that through our partnership with ICP and the academic and external professional expertise at our disposal, we can offer our students an experience that will bring their courses to life and help them realise their potential before they leave us and enter the legal sector."

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