Law with Irish

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time- Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2017: 525 - 615
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?

The BCL (Law with Irish) is a new programme starting in 2017/18. It 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 (including Arthur Cox, Matheson, A&L Goodbody, William Fry, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) 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.

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.

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, Léamh agus Scríobh na Gaeilge.

Third & Fourth Year

In third and fourth year, 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:

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

International Study Opportunities


This programme has set ambitious standards in the Irish language and it may be possible to spend a semester abroad in your third year. Selection will be subject to consultation with the BCL (Law and Language) Programme Coordinator and the Head of School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore.


“Soláthraíonn an cúrsa seo nasc idir Dlí agus Gaeilge le cur chuige nuálaíoch, ilmheán idir theagasc ranga agus mhodúil ar líne. Dírítear ar chruinneas teanga agus ar chúrsaí litríochta ar dtús. Forbraíonn an cúrsa ansin le hoiliúint in ardscileanna teanga i gcomhthéacs dlíthiúil. Ag deireadh na céime beidh mic léinn eolach ar agus ábalta téacsanna dlíthiúla i gcomhthéacs náisiúnta /idirnáisiúnta a aistriú le fócas ar dhlítheangeolaithe / aistritheoirí in institiúidí na hEorpa fosta. Más spéis leat cruinneas teanga i gcomhthéacs dlíthiúil mar aon le cultúr agus litríocht na Gaeilge, soláthróidh an cúrsa rogha fhairsing de dheiseanna fostaíochta do mhic léinn Dlí agus Gaeilge.”

Dr. Regina Uí Chollatáin Ceann na Scoile, UCD Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh agus an Bhéaloidis.

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