Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH502

CAO Points : 413

For a more flexible study and career path, this programme combines the study of law with other subjects. Law is taken with two Arts subjects in first year and with one of those subjects in second and third year. Upon graduation you will be in a position to immediately enter professional training, either by sitting the Law Society FE1 examinations for entry to the solicitors’ profession or the King’s Inns Barrister-at-Law Degree entrance examination for entry to the barristers’ profession

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Choose this degree if you are interested in:
  • Exploring the legal relationships that pervade society, affecting individuals, families, corporations, and the State;
  • Foundational legal principles; legal systems; and the role of Irish, European, and international law;
  • Applying for a one-year placement in a law firm (subject to availability);
  • The option of studying abroad for a year;
  • Developing your skills for argument and reasoning, for clear thinking, and for the analysis of complicated ideas;
  • Continuing the study of law with other subjects you have an interest in, one of which you can pursue to degree level.


1st year
  • 30 credits of Law with 2 Arts subjects (or Critical Skills)
2nd - final year
  • Continue in 2nd and 3rd year with at least 30 credits of Law and 30 credits of your chosen subject from 1st year (excluding Critical Skills). A Major in Law is possible from 2nd year.
  • You may apply to complete a work placement year, or a study abroad year, after 2nd year, and graduate after 4 years 
  • Students who successfully complete the first year of the programme have the option of transferring into the second year of the LLB programme
Course Duration: 3 years (Bachelor of Civil Law) or 4 years (BCL International)

  • Professional training – immediately sit the Law Society of Ireland’s FE1 examinations for entry to the solicitors’ profession. Graduates of our LLB and BCL programmes may also sit the Honorable Society of King’s Inns’ Barrister-at-Law Degree entrance examination for entry to the barristers’ profession;
  • Business and finance, management consulting, journalism, policy development, the Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector, and national and international public administration (such as at the EU or UN);
  • Postgraduate study options: we have a strong international focus to reflect the increasingly global nature of law and legal practice. Graduates have completed postgraduate programmes in top US universities.
This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes O6 H7
English Yes O6 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math No N/A N/A
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

A mature student is 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. Admission is based on your application and/or interview. Written assessment.
Apply to the CAO by February 1st 2018. Late applications from mature students may be accepted after this date - consult the Undergraduate Studies website for updates. Application may not be made to the CAO after May 1st 2018.
Mature students must complete the CAO section for mature applicants fully, indicating clearly past or current studies, and outlining educational goals and objectives. Applicants are assessed on the basis of the information provided on their CAO application form. All questions should be answered in full.

Mature student applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for the written tests, please submit supporting documentation by 1 March 2018 to the Access Office. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

Additional Information

Leaving Certificate applicants are required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English.
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Click here for details about 1st year optional Critical Skills courses and 2nd year optional Electives and degree pathways. 
DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.
HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.


The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students


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