Law with Irish

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

The BCL (Law with Irish) course allows undergraduate law students to access a cohesive set of Irish language modules which are relevant to the study and practice of law. This programme offers you the opportunity to acquire a highly respected BCL degree, whilst additionally deepening your competence in the Irish language in the context of law. Your Irish language communication skills will be developed by the resources provided by a modern multi-media language laboratory (An Teanglann) and the advanced language skills training in Lárionad de Bhaldraithe.


Many leading Irish and UK Law firms host recruitment presentations on campus in UCD. Practical experience gained in clinical law modules may give you a competitive edge when applying for internships or traineeships.

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What Will I Study

First & Second Year

In first and second years, your studies in law comprise core modules such as:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law
  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

Your Irish language modules in first and second year focus specifically on language grammar, accuracy, fluency and writing skills. These include Forbairt na Gaeilge Acadúla, Teanga na Gaeilge.

Third & Fourth Year

Students will study abroad at Concordia University (Montreal) for a trimester in their third year. Whilst in UCD you may choose from the full menu of law modules and thereby pursue your particular areas of interest. Modules include:

  • Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family & Child Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Jurisprudence
  • Media Law

You may select from the clinical law modules, including Advocacy & Mooting.

You will undertake specific advanced language skills training; analysis and research in the development of legislation in Irish language usage; and training in translation and terminology for legal translation. Some modules will be delivered online. Modules include:

  • Aistriúchán Dlíthiúil
  • Aistriúchán agus Dlí
  • Iriseoireacht na Gaeilge.

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International Study Opportunities


UCD has agreed a bespoke exchange programme with Concordia University (Montreal). Concordia offers one of the leading Irish Studies programmes in the world. Students will experience life in a vibrant bilingual city, and will have the opportunity (optional) of taking a French language course.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates of this programme will have experience in interpreting and using legal information in the context of either the Irish or English language. Their high level of competence in law and in Irish makes them well placed to pursue careers in law or other related careers such as lawyer/linguist, legal translation, or diplomatic service. Careers in media, legal research and academia are also possible career paths.

Relevant graduate study opportunities include LLM degrees.

Other Entry Routes

“Is mór an buntáiste dom é mar mhac léinn ar an gcúrsa Dlí le Gaeilge a bheith ceangailte le dhá scoil anseo in UCD. Dá thairbhe sin táim an-chairdiúil le mic léinn ón Dlí agus ón nGaeilge, go háirithe leis na Gaeil toisc go bhfuilim ar choiste an Chumainn Ghaelaigh i mbliana. Níor thuig mé ach a dtáinig mé chuig UCD an réimse leathan deiseanna atá ann do chéimithe i réimsí na Gaeilge agus an Dlí. Is é mo mhian bheith i mo dhlíodóir nó i m’aistritheoir dlíthiúil. Ach faoi láthair, táim i mbun eagrúcháin do mo sheimeastar thar lear in Montréal, Ceanada agus táim ag tnúth leis an gCúrsa Gaeltachta i nGaoth Dobhair le mic léinn na Gaeilge. Mholfainn an cúrsa seo d’éinne le spéis sa Ghaeilge atá ag iarraidh triail a bhaint as ábhar nua.”

– Gearóid Dardis, Student

Contact Information

UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4
+353 1 716 4110


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