Law (BCL)

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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.

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What Will I Study

First & Second Year

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

  • Legal and Professional Skills
  • General Introduction to the Irish Legal System
  • 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.

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

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.

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

Assessment includes end-of-trimester examinations, essays and group projects.

In third year, students will have the opportunity to undertake an internship or apply to study abroad. (Note an internship place is not guaranteed for all applicants).

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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Why I chose Law at UCD & Why go on exchange during your law degree.

International Study Opportunities

Third year BCL students are offered the widest range of study abroad opportunities at our 50+ partner universities in locations that include:

• Australia
• Austria
• Belgium
• Canada
• China
• Czech Republic
• France
• Germany
• Hong Kong
• Italy
• New Zealand
• Singapore
• Spain
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• The Netherlands
• UK
• USA.


If you are interested in later qualifying as a lawyer in the USA, the BCL programme is the recommended choice.

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 working in:

  • Law firms in Ireland or internationally
  • Large corporations as in-house lawyers
  • Professional service firms
  • 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 a PhD in their area of interest.



Other Entry Routes

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCD and would recommend this course to anyone who is considering studying law. I have been able to study a variety of law modules that interest me such as international law, economic law, and criminal law and to use electives to pursue other interests of mine, such as Chinese language, economy, and culture. The opportunity to go on Erasmus to Austria for a trimester, meet various firms and organisations and get involved with student societies has allowed me to meet new people, explore my interests and gain invaluable practical experience.”

Odhran Stynes, Student

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4110

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