Law with Economics

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2018: 522
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 125

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

Law with Economics Sample Timetable (.pdf)

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International Study Opportunities

Many students apply to spend time abroad during their third year at partner universities in locations which include:

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


“I decided to study Law with Economics at UCD because of the flexibility it offered. Choosing law with another subject is a way to really broaden your education and university experience. In addition, UCD provides students with a hands-on approach to legal education. My involvement with the Student Legal Service has allowed me to gain valuable legal skills through its legal clinics and Negotiation Competition. UCD’s global partners provide a wide variety of exchange opportunities and I spent my third year at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.”

Robert Lee Graduate

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