This law degree is accredited by the Honorable Society of Kings Inns. The BCL is a three-year degree in law combined with one other subject. While the BCL covers all the core modules of law, you cover less law than on the LLB (MH501), giving you more time to develop expertise in another subject. The main advantage is that it allows you to combine the study of law with study of another discipline.
- Law is taken jointly with one Arts subject for the final two years of the programme. Students can choose from a wide range of Arts subjects including languages and other areas within the humanities and social sciences.
- Students receive an excellent grounding in core law subjects, while also retaining the flexibility to customise their own academic path.
- Flexibility and choice: BCL students who successfully complete the first year of the programme have the option of transferring into the second year of the LLB programme (MH501).
- Students may apply to complete a work placement year in a law firm (subject to availability) or a year studying abroad at one of our international partner institutions.
Duration: 3 years (4 years with optional placement or Erasmus/Study Abroad)
Law is taken jointly with one Arts subject for the final two years of the programme. Students can choose from a wide range of Arts subjects including languages and other areas within the humanities and social sciences.
30 credits of Law with 2 Bachelor of Arts subjects which may include Critical Skills. See BA subject groups table.
2nd and 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)
- 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 1st year of the programme have the option of transferring into the 2nd year of the LLB programme. The University will support you in the search for a placement job; however, the process is competitive.
- Students who opt to spend a year studying abroad are awarded a BCL (International) degree
Department of Law
Department of Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Fundamental Rights
Department of Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
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International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements
Mature aplicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time/flexible degrees the mature age is 21.
Mature applicants who have a disability
If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 to the Access Office.
Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline.
01 February 2024
Leaving Certificate Applicants
Required to present (as a minimum): 2H5 & 4O6/H7, O6/H7 in Irish, English. MH502 Round 1 Points 2023: 432
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- School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
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- EU/EFTA/UK students
- International students (outside the EU)
- QQI (Further Education) students
- Transferring students
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