Law (BCL)

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2017: 521
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 120

Leaving Certificate:
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects
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Why is this course for me?

The UCD Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degree enjoys a proud history and an established reputation at home and abroad. The BCL degree allows you to immerse yourself in
the study of law, to engage with a range of interesting legal perspectives and to acquire a profound understanding of how law works in theory and in practice.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

As a BCL graduate, you are well positioned to pursue a variety of careers, including qualifying as a solicitor or barrister who practise law independently, or work in:

  • Law firms in Ireland or internationally
  • Large corporations as in-house lawyers
  • State bodies or Public Service
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • EU or other international institutions
  • Legal research
  • Academia

BCL graduates can also pursue successful careers other than in legal practice (e.g. as diplomats, journalists, broadcasters, authors or researchers) in Ireland or abroad. Graduates can undertake postgraduate law study programmes such as the LLM and/or PhD in their area of interest.



What Will I Study

First & Second Year

In first year, you’ll explore some foundational areas of law, including:

  • General Introduction to Legal Skills
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • Constitutional Law.

You’ll study modules in civil and criminal procedure.

In second year, you’ll explore EU Law and core areas of Irish law, including:

  • Property Law
  • Company Law
  • Criminal Law.

Third & Fourth Year

You can tailor your BCL by selecting from a wide choice of Law modules, such as:

  • International Human Rights
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Media Law
  • Family Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Employment Law.

In addition, our Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC) offers “clinical” modules, which include Advocacy & Mooting, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Practice and Legal Placement.

You’ll attend lectures and tutorials,
in addition to engaging in study and preparatory work. A sample timetable can be viewed at

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

International Study Opportunities

International Study Opportunities

Third year BCL students are offered the widest range of study abroad opportunities at our partner universities in:

  • Singapore
  • Milan
  • Toulouse
  • Utrecht
  • Connecticut
  • Vienna
  • Miami
  • Uppsala
  • Minnesota
  • Stockholm
  • California
  • Exeter
  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Antwerp
  • Canberra
  • Barcelona.


“Looking back on the past four years of my life in UCD, I am filled with many fond memories. Sutherland School of Law is a place where I have developed as a person, met friends that will last a lifetime and most importantly, studied a variety of legal modules varying from International Human Rights Law to Sports Law. UCD law students are offered the chance to study internationally. I spent my third year studying in Utrecht Universiteit in the Netherlands, which was one of the highlights of my undergraduate degree. The exceptional sporting facilities, clubs and societies in UCD also provide ample opportunity to meet fellow students, fulfilling university life.”

Anne Lavelle Student