Law with Chinese

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2021: 566
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 125

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 most welcome.

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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 that 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:

  • International law firms
  • European and international institutions
  • Non-Governmental Organisations

BCL (Law with Chinese) graduates may wish to pursue further studies, including: MSc International Law and Business, 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 the world.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on the core Irish law modules of:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort
  • General Introduction 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

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 undertake a dissertation on Chinese Law (in English). 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 Mandarin. No prior knowledge of Mandarin is required for this degree.

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

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

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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Why I chose Law at UCD


I chose to study Law with Chinese in UCD as the unique subject combination offered a way to balance my love for languages and interest in the law. I find it very refreshing to have a mix between law lectures and smaller more interactive Chinese classes. A degree with such an
international focus also provides endless career options. I have had the opportunity to immerse myself in extra-curricular activities such as serving as Secretary of the UCD Law Society and debating at a national and international level. I also took part in a UCD Volunteers Overseas project, teaching ICT skills in Morogoro, Tanzania. The combination of a high quality legal education and these additional activities has made my time in UCD thoroughly enjoyable.

Emer Nolan, Student

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