Here we present career profiles from our Undergraduate BCL Law & French degree programme
"I graduated from UCC with a BCL (Law and French) Degree in 2008. During my undergraduate studies, I developed a strong interest in international law and international human rights law. I pursued this interest at Leiden University with an LLM (Public International Law), writing my thesis on "The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement and the Law of Self-Determination." During my time in the Netherlands, I also worked as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). This experience helped me to gain a year-long traineeship in the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
During this time I worked on a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the 2010 Review Conference of the International Criminal Court and dealt with issues relating to the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. I commenced my current role at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the OSCE in advance of the 2012 Irish Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE is a regional security organisation based in Vienna comprising 56 participating States and spanning from Vancouver to Vladivostok. My responsibilities encompass both legal and political elements. Specific topics I am working on are the legal status of the OSCE, politico-military elements of security and the resolution of protracted conflicts in the OSCE area."
Owner Operator of PR Boutique, PR Firm. Dublin
Having completed my degree in Law and French in UCC, I went on to achieve a Masters in Marketing from the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. I then worked in marketing for Friends First and Coty and using my varied experience, set up a public relations company specialising in fashion and beauty, The PR Boutique. I currently look after a range of international and Irish clients including Rimmel, Sally Hansen, Sunshimmer, Dublin Festival of Fashion and Trilogy skincare.
My work is very diverse and ranges from managing press launches and organising photoshoots to co-ordinating interviews with celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé Knowles and I find that the skills I learned in law have helped me to succeed in my chosen field. Law gives you an excellent foundation that will benefit you in any career path, it is a highly regarded discipline which gives you the edge in an increasingly competitive job market.
Journalist and News Reader, France 24, Paris.
James works for the international News TV station France24 as a news reader and journalist and is based in Paris. James hosts the popular daily reviews of the French and International press each morning as well as contributing to the website.
“Having a degree in Law and French has proved invaluable to me as a journalist. I am able to apply my legal education to breaking news stories as well as being in a position to use my french every day.”