Business & Law

BBL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

The Business & Law (BBL) degree is a popular choice for many students and is extremely well regarded by employers across the legal and financial communities. The degree is a ‘double major’ which means it combines law and business in a single degree, providing an ideal skill-set for the commercial world and offering valuable career flexibility. If you choose this degree, you will undertake business and law modules in equal measure for your first three years in both the UCD Sutherland School of Law and the UCD Quinn School of Business. This allows you to gain a deep understanding of both disciplines while offering you the opportunity to choose in final year which area interests you most for your career progression.

Whether you choose to focus on law or on business, as a BBL graduate you will be uniquely equipped with the analytical and advocacy skills that arise from legal training, combined with the numeracy and financial literacy of a business degree.

Key Fact You will study your business modules at the UCD Quinn School of Business, one of the world’s leading business schools. UCD Quinn is ranked in the top 0.5% of Business Schools globally and has been a triple accredited business school for over 20 years by both AACSB (principal American accreditation) and EQUIS (leading European accreditation). The UCD Quinn School and the Law School are located side-by-side on the UCD Campus.

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What Will I Study

First, Second & Third Year

During your first three years you’ll study both business and law modules in equal measure and you’ll learn how these two disciplines interrelate. In addition to studying core Law degree subjects, such as Contract Law, Tort Law and EU Law, you may choose from a large variety of other law modules including:

  • Revenue Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Employment Law

During these years, students will also study core business modules including:

  • Business in Society
  • Principles of Finance
  • Economics
  • Business Analytics
  • Global Business & Business Strategy

Students can also explore their own interests in business areas through their ‘Business Option Modules’.

Fourth Year

According to your preference and career plans, you can choose to concentrate on mainly Law or Business subjects.

BBL students may choose clinical legal education modules offered at the Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC), including Competition Law in Practice, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Advocacy & Mooting.

Note: The intensive nature of the BBL degree means that you will not have time to take extra modules as part of UCD Horizons.

You’ll attend lectures and tutorials, in addition to engaging in study and preparatory work.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester examinations, essays and group work projects.

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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: A day in the life of a Business & Law student.

International Study Opportunities

BBL students can apply to spend a trimester of third year on exchange in partner universities in Europe, Australia and the USA.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

UCD Business & Law alumni have achieved remarkable success in a wide range of careers in Ireland and internationally. The degree allows students select the modules necessary for legal professional recognition, which will allow them to go on to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, and work in legal practices in Ireland or abroad. Alternatively, those students who are interested in business can choose to pursue careers in Accountancy, Finance, Tax Consultancy, Corporate Banking, Business Analytics, Business Development, Marketing and Journalism, as well as the NGO sector. The Business & Law degree is also an excellent foundation for individuals who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs, offering as it does an invaluable understanding of legal and financial affairs.

BBL graduates also have the option of pursuing postgraduate qualifications in either Law or Business.

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“This dual degree provides a practical understanding of the core subjects of both faculties. The modules are led by professional and engaging academics who are experts in their fields of study. This flexible degree provides us students with exposure to an equal number of business and law modules before allowing us to major in either subject during our final year. My involvement with the UCD Student Legal Service played a fundamental role in my decision to major in law and was a highlight of my time at UCD. The UCD SLS is a society that gives you the opportunity to get involved in a variety of law-related events including the negotiation competition, an annual publication, free legal aid clinics and much more.”

Emily McCarthy, Student

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4110

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