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
O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects
Special Entry Recommendations: Students will need a minimum grade H3 in Leaving Certificate French (or equivalent) to take the BCL (Law with French Law) course.
Why is this course for me?
This degree is one of two French Law Programmes oﬀered by Sutherland School of Law, the other being the BCL/Maîtrise on the opposite page. All students interested in the French Law Programmes enter the BCL [Law with French Law] in ﬁrst year. Both degrees oﬀer the exciting opportunity for immersion in two of the world’s major legal systems, the common law and the civil law.
The BCL (Law with French Law) degree provides you with a qualiﬁcation in Irish law, while acquiring a broad knowledge of French law and a very high level of competence in French language and French legal terminology. Students gain valuable comparative insights, which inform an enhanced critical perspective on Irish law.
One year (third) is spent at a leading law school in France.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
This degree ensures that graduates are well placed to pursue careers with international law ﬁrms, EU and international organisations, diplomacy and government departments, or Non-Governmental Organisations. Past graduates have progressed to study at prestigious institutions in the EU and internationally and others have obtained scholarships to the renowned College of Europe in Bruges.
What Will I Study
Most French law modules studied at UCD are taught through French.
First year focuses on the core Irish law modules of
- Constitutional Law
- Contract Law
- Tort Law
This is combined with intensive French language training and an introduction to French Public Law and French Private Law, General Introduction to Legal Studies and General Introduction to Legal Skills.
In second year, you will study other core Irish law modules
- EU Law
- Property Law
- Criminal Law
You will also advance your French language training and continue to study French Private Law and French Public Law.
Third & Fourth Year
You will spend your third year at a partner university in Aix-Marseille, Lyon, Paris, Strasbourg or Toulouse. You will return to UCD for the ﬁnal year of your BCL degree (where some modules are taught through French) and will be required to complete a dissertation in French on French law.
Every June, we hold a one-day Summer School which gives 5th year pupils a taste of how we teach law. We also host a Law Open Evening every October for secondary school pupils and their parents to meet law students and law faculty. Here you will have a chance to sample short lectures, listen to careers talks and hear about student experiences, including international exchanges.
“Choosing Law with French Law was the best decision I’ve made. It oﬀers an unparalleled opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the two major legal traditions of the common and civil law, while acquiring a high level of proﬁciency in French. The Sutherland School provides innovative world class teaching by leading experts who are approachable and student-focused. I had the opportunity to act as delegate to the National Model United Nations in NY, sit on the board of editors of the UCD Law Review and volunteer in South India with UCDVO. I can only heartily encourage anyone who wants a degree that will open doors to them, to apply!”
Margaret Ann Gallagher Student