Law with History

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

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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 Irish 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 abroad, including Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Berkeley and European University Institute.

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

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 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. A sample timetable can be viewed at

Assessment is through a combination
of end-of-semester examinations, essays and group work projects.

For detailed information on subject content click here.

International Study Opportunities

You can apply to study abroad during third year at one of our partner universities in:

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


“Choosing Law with History is one of the most rewarding decisions I have made. UCD’s unique opportunity to study both areas truly stands out, and students can take courses in complementary modules, such as Human Rights Law and the History of Stalin’s Russia, just to name a few. The course also offers the opportunity to study abroad in third year and my semester spent in Utrecht, the Netherlands, stands as a highlight of my degree as it opened the door to a whole new culture and the chance to meet fellow law students from around the world.”

Sadhbh Browne Student


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