BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2018: 522
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 125
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
- 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. Assessment includes end-of-semester examinations, essays and group projects.
International Study Opportunities
Many students apply to spend time abroad during their third year at partner universities in locations which include
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- The Netherlands
“As well as being interested in the law and how it governs our society, I have always been passionate about the social issues and injustices aﬀecting our world. As a result, Law with Social Justice in UCD has turned out to be the perfect ﬁt for me. The course allows you to study purely legal modules but also to learn about pressing social justice issues such as racism, feminism and global inequality. Studying this degree has given me the opportunity to meet many like-minded people who are passionate about the same things as I am. Outside of class, the clubs and societies give you opportunities to meet many people who enjoy the same things as you. UCD has something for everyone, and Law with Social Justice is a great example of this.”
Siobhan Akeke Student