Law with Social Justice

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2017: 521
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 with Social Justice programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, combines the study of Law with the study of social exclusion, 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.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This degree will provide an ideal platform for careers in:

  • National and international Non- Governmental Organisations as legal advisors or researchers
  • Public policy

Relevant graduate study programmes include:

  • International Human Rights
  • Criminology
  • Equality Studies.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on core Irish law modules, including:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law

It combines this focus with an introduction to normative theory on human rights, inequality and global justice.

In second year, you’ll study:

  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

At the same time, you’ll also take modules to develop your understanding of gender theory and social justice movements.

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:

  • Criminological Theory
  • Environmental Law
  • Public International Law
  • Employment Law
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Family & Child Law
  • Childhood Inequalities

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’ll participate in a specially designed Law and Social Justice Seminar. 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. A sample timetable can be viewed at

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester examinations, essays and group work projects.

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International Study Opportunities

Many students apply to spend time abroad during their third year at partner universities in:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • UK
  • USA


“Combining the two disciplines of Law and Social Justice has allowed me to understand the impact that our legal system, and the legal systems around the globe, have on the most critical social quagmires of our time. This has allowed me engage with issues such as feminism, global inequality, racism and environmental sustainability, while simultaneously studying for a Bachelor of Law degree.

I’m also proud to be an Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholar, which means that I was able to combine my love of theatre with studying for the BCL. Additionally, the club and society facilities in UCD are beyond compare, helping to create an incredibly fun and exciting atmosphere on campus.

Ause Abdelhaq Student

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