Law with History

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

There’s a natural affinity between the disciplines of law and history. Each is shaped by the other. Important historical events are often interlinked with contemporary legal structures. Legal reform may be prompted by the defining events of the past.

This course allows you to acquire a highly respected degree in law, whilst also pursuing a passion for history and acquiring a deeper understanding of past events that have shaped our current legal system.

KEY FACT: UCD Law graduates have been admitted to study for postgraduate degrees at many prestigious universities, including Cambridge, European University Institute, Harvard, Oxford and National University Singapore.

Course Pathways
What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on core law modules, including:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law

In addition, you are introduced to modern European and Irish history.

In second year, you’ll study:

  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

You’ll also engage with international history.

Third & Fourth Year

With a wide choice of law and history modules available, you can pursue your own areas of interest. Modules include:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal History
  • Criminology
  • Fascism
  • Culture & Revolution

You may also be interested in taking modules offered by our Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC), such as Advocacy & Mooting, and Law, Ethics & Legal Practice.

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.

Internship Module

Students on this degree have the opportunity to apply for an internship in the spring trimester of third year. This is credit-bearing module within a range of organisations that the school has partnered with. (Note: this is an alternative to international study)

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International Study Opportunities

As part of your Law with History 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 History) graduates can go on to qualify as solicitors and barristers, and pursue law careers in Ireland or abroad. Graduates are also well placed to pursue careers in:

  • Legal research
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Academia

Relevant graduate study programmes include LLM degrees in:

  • International Human Rights
  • European Law & Public Affairs
  • Legal History
Other Entry Routes

“I have loved every minute of my four years studying Law with History, two disciplines that complement each other especially well. I have been taught subjects such as criminal law, company law, and public international law by some of Ireland’s leading barristers and academics and have had a huge range of choice in the periods and places I studied in history, from early modern Asia to twentieth century Europe. UCD’s extra-curricular opportunities are excellent: in particular, I have made many fond memories and friends for life while being a member of the committee of the UCD Law Society and studying on exchange in Sydney, Australia.”

Helen Brady, Student

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4110

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