Law with Chinese

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2017: 525 - 615
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 120

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects

Note: Students entering this course are not required to have a prior knowledge of Mandarin. Those with prior knowledge of Mandarin are, of course, welcome, and will be offered Mandarin at a more advanced level than beginners.

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Why is this course for me?

Law with Chinese allows you to undertake a degree in Irish law, whilst simultaneously acquiring a broad knowledge of Chinese society and a very high level of competence in Mandarin. During this degree, you’ll gain comparative insights which inform an enhanced critical perspective on Irish law. Your third year is spent at a leading university in China.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates obtain a recognised degree in Irish law and are also particularly well placed to pursue legal careers with:

  • Internationallawfirms
  • European and international institutions
  • Non-Governmental Organisations

BCL (Law with Chinese) graduates may wish to pursue further studies, including: LLM (International Human Rights), LLM (International Commercial Law) or LLM (Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law), all in UCD Sutherland School of Law. Both Renmin and CUPL have excellent graduate programmes and are among the best law schools in China.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on the core Irish law modules of:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort
  • Legal Skills
  • General Inrtroduction to Irish legal System

This is combined with intensive Chinese language training and an introduction to Chinese culture and society. In second year, you’ll continue to build your knowledge of the foundations of Irish law, covering:

  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

You’ll also advance your Chinese language skills and deepen your knowledge of Chinese society.

Third Year

You’ll spend your third year at a partner university in Beijing, China (Renmin University or the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)), where you’ll take some modules through Mandarin.

Fourth Year

On your return to UCD for the last year of your degree, you will continue your Chinese language training. You’ll also choose modules, from the full range of Irish law modules including clinical modules from the School’s Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC).

Note: Some modules on this degree are taught through Chinese.

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

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

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“Studying Law with Chinese offers me the opportunity to learn about the fascinating Chinese culture and language along with my Law degree. Studying Chinese is hugely beneficial as it is the most widely spoken language in the world. I like that the Chinese Studies classes are small, meaning you get more of a chance to interact with the lecturer. Sutherland School of Law is a fantastic place to study Law, as the lecturers are excellent and the lecture content is fascinating. UCD has so much to offer by way of extracurricular activities, both related to law (such as the Student Legal Service) and non-related to law (for example, Musical Society).”

Chloe Shortall Student


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