Law with Economics

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

Special Entry Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that entrants to this programme should have at least a Grade of H6 in Leaving Certificate Maths (or equivalent).

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Why is this course for me?

This course allows you to obtain a highly respected degree in Irish 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.

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 in Ireland and abroad. 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

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on core Irish 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 may select from the clinical law modules offered by our Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC).

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.

Law with Economics Sample Timetable (.pdf)

For detailed information on subject content click here.

International Study Opportunities

Many students take the opportunity of spending time abroad in their third year,
at partner universities in:

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


“When applying to the CAO, I wanted to pursue law, whilst undertaking a quantitative subject, having enjoyed mathematics at school. Law with Economics offered a perfect combination, offering a rigorous legal education, with a strong understanding of a crucial social science. I didn’t yet appreciate the extent to which the two subjects complement each other, with an explicit overlap in competition and intellectual property law.

While at UCD, I have also been hugely involved in university debating. I spent a year running the L&H, UCD’s largest student society, whilst also traveling to many European countries, along with the United States and India, to debate.

Eoin MacLachlan Student


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