BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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.
First & Second Year
First year focuses on core law modules, including:
In addition, you are introduced to modern European and Irish history.
In second year, you’ll study:
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:
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.
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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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.
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:
Relevant graduate study programmes include LLM degrees in:
“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
UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 4110