Law with Economics

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

This course allows you to obtain a highly respected degree in law, whilst simultaneously acquiring a broad knowledge of economics. Certain areas of law (e.g. competition regulation and intellectual property) are heavily influenced by economic theory. BCL (Law with Economics) graduates are uniquely equipped to understand these regulatory frameworks in all of their conceptual complexity. On this degree, you’ll embark on a field of cross-disciplinary study which is intellectually very demanding, but also tremendously enriching and of immense practical importance.

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What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on core law modules, including:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law

In addition, you will study quantitative economics and macroeconomics for business.

In second year, you will study:

  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

At the same time, you’ll also develop your understanding of economics and statistics.

Third & Fourth Year

With a wide choice of law and economics modules, you can choose to pursue your own areas of particular interest and tailor your degree through modules, including:

  • Revenue Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trusts Law
  • Employment Law
  • Competition Law in Practice
  • Commercial Law
  • International Monetary Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Macro-Economics

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

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

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International Study Opportunities

As part of your Law with Economics degree you may apply to spend time abroad during your third year at one of our partner universities. Students from this programme have chosen to undertake study in universities in Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, North America and Asia.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

BCL (Law with Economics) graduates have an attractive skill-set, which is of undisputed relevance to commercial legal practices and to businesses. Recent graduates have found employment with leading law firms and businesses.

Graduates are also eligible to pursue further study in the fields of:

  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Economics
  • Law & Finance
  • Insolvency Law
Other Entry Routes

“I chose Law with Economics as I wanted an excellent legal education with an additional understanding of businesses and people in the economy. I have studied exceptional modules which are in equal parts rewarding, challenging and exciting. Studying complementary areas like competition and finance through both disciplines has been particularly worthwhile. Outside of class, I have presented mock court appeals to leading Irish judges, debated across Europe and organised debates and speakers for nearly 1,000 students at a time with the UCD Law Society. UCD’s Law with Economics students have countless opportunities during their degree and into the future. (Conor is now a Trainee Solicitor in a major Dublin Law Firm).”

Conor White, Graduate

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4110

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