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
Why is this course for me?
Law and politics are inextricably linked by the legislative process. This course allows you to obtain a highly respected law degree, whilst also acquiring a deeper understanding of political theory and the political process. Many UCD law graduates have progressed to political careers. Others have become high- profile political commentators.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
BCL (Law with Politics) graduates are well equipped to pursue careers in:
- Legal practice
- Legislative drafting(e.g.in Office of Parliamentary Counsel)
- Non-Governmental Organisations
- Public Service
Relevant graduate study programmes include:
- International Human Rights
- European Law & Public Affairs
- International Relations
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’re introduced to political theory and Irish and international political systems.
In second year, you’ll study:
- EU Law
- Property Law
- Criminal Law
You’ll also take modules that engage with political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
Third & Fourth Year
With a wide choice of law and politics modules, you can choose to pursue your own areas of interest. These include:
- Media Law
- Human Rights Law
- Contemporary Issues in Law & Politics
- Foreign Policy
- Political Economy
- Middle East Politics
Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC) modules are also available, including Advocacy & Mooting, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Law, Ethics & Legal Practice.
Law students are often very active in university politics and in the Students’ Union. As a BCL (Law with Politics) student, you may be interested in developing your practical skills through participation in the legal information clinics of the UCD Student Legal Service.
You’ll attend lectures and tutorials, in addition to engaging in study and preparatory work. A sample timetable can be viewed at www.ucd.ie/myucd/law.
Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester examinations, essays and group work projects.
International Study Opportunities
Many students apply to spend time abroad during their third year at partner universities including
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- The Netherlands
“I was always interested in politics and current affairs, and I liked the idea of studying law. For me, Law with Politics in UCD was the perfect fit as the subjects overlap and intersect so much. For example, when I studied constitutional law, I also took a module on the Irish political system which really helped to contextualise my understanding of the constitution. This is also the case with areas such as human rights and EU law and politics. As part of my degree, I got the chance to study abroad in the US and beyond the purely academic, I spent six weeks of my summer after second year volunteering with UCDVO in Haiti.”
Jamie McLoughlin Student