BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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The BCL with Social Justice course, the ﬁrst of its kind in Ireland, combines the study of Law with rigorous analysis of social injustice, its causes and remedies. It will appeal to students who are interested in issues of equality, diversity and disadvantage, and who want to look in-depth at the social context in which law operates. On completion, you’ll be uniquely equipped to oﬀer a critical perspective on issues such as the adequacy of our criminal justice system, the legal treatment of women and minority groups, and the underlying causes of social and economic injustice.
First & Second Year
First year focuses on core law modules, including:
It combines this focus with an introduction to key themes and concepts in social justice and a choice of modules addressing gender; global justice; and inequality in Irish society.
In second year, you’ll study:
At the same time, you’ll also take modules to develop your understanding of human rights and social justice; political economy; racism; and gender, power and politics.
Third & Fourth Year
With a wide choice of law and social justice modules, you can tailor your studies by choosing modules that reﬂect your areas of interest. Modules include:
Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC) modules are also available, including Advocacy & Mooting, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Law, Ethics & Legal Practice.
Throughout the four years of the degree you will have the opportunity to further your understanding of key social justice issues in a stimulating and supportive learning environment. You may get involved in UCD’s Student Legal Service, which offers legal information clinics to students.
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.
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This degree will provide an ideal platform for careers in:
Relevant graduate study programmes include:
“I have always been passionate about equality and human rights, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to study Law with Social Justice in UCD. This programme allows students to see the logic and reasoning behind the law while also showing its impact on people’s daily lives. One of the best parts of studying law in UCD is that it allows students to extend their legal knowledge beyond the curriculum. My experience as Editor-in-Chief of the Student Law Journal has played a pivotal role in my legal education. Additionally, being involved in the Choir and Tennis Club over the years has added immensely to my UCD experience.”
– Sarah McGee, Student
UCD Sutherland School of Law
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 4110