New degree in 2024
Students undertake all of the required modules needed for Law and a full suite of modules in their chosen European language.
There are additional opportunities to continue the study of other modern languages in first year and/or take up a new language as a beginner in second year. Students receive an excellent grounding in core law subjects, while also developing their linguistic competence and intercultural awareness.
Why choose this degree?
- Choose from a range of European languages to match your interests.
- The BCL (Law and Languages) is a four-year degree in Law combined with French, German, Irish or Spanish, opening up a range of employment prospects within and beyond Ireland.
- The degree includes modules in French, German and Spanish Law or specialised modules relating to law and the Irish language, as well as classes in legal translation and vocabulary.
- Students will have an opportunity to gain international experience through an integrated study abroad programme at one of our European or international partner institutions.
- Students taking Irish will be expected to combine a Gaeltacht placement or Irish-language work placement of one semester with an Erasmus study placement abroad of one semester in third year.
- Students interested in gaining intersectoral experience will be supported to undertake a work placement in a country where their chosen language is spoken.
- Students are encouraged to source their own work placements, which are subject to approval and registration with the Careers and Employability Service.
- Graduates of this programme will develop a strong capacity for analytical and critical thinking as well as strong linguistic skills and a keen sense of cultural awareness.
- 30 credits of Law
- 30 credits of language study
- Students can choose from French, German, Irish or Spanish. French, German and Spanish can be taken at beginners or post Leaving Certificate-level.
- Continue in 2nd year with at least 30 credits of Law and 30 credits of your chosen language.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to continue studying a second European language or to begin a new language via the option of a 10 credit Elective.
- All students undertake a study abroad programme after 2nd year.
- Students can opt to spend their year studying abroad or a combination of both study abroad and work placement in a country/region where the language they are studying is spoken (subject to approval).
After spending a year studying or on work placement abroad, students qualify with a 4-year 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 applicants 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. MH503 Round 1 Points 2023: New degree in 2024
Students who wish to take Irish as part of their degree must have a H4 in Irish.
HEAR and DARE
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.
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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