We have a number of full-time courses in law here, both single honours and joint honours degrees.  Brief synopses are given below.  Please click on the links for more detailed information.

BCL (Pathways) – incorporating BCL, BCL (Clinical), BCL (International)

All students commence as BCL (Pathways) students and upon completion of their first year of studies, can apply to transfer to their preferred path i.e. BCL, BCL (Clinical) and BCL (International) for the remainder of their degree. Entry to Law Pathways provides students with a gateway to the study of law and allows each student to shape his or her own period of study. At the core of each degree is a world class learning experience facilitated by experts in many specialised areas of law, with students developing a critical understanding of key law and policy issues. This uniquely structured capacity for each student to tailor their law degree highlights the breadth of choice offered by the Law School and maximises the potential and opportunities of every student.  

Director: Dr Maria Cahill (maria.cahill@ucc.ie) / Administrator: Anne-Marie Curtin (am.curtin@ucc.ie)

The BCL is a three year programme providing a comprehensive law degree that ensures a critical understanding of the fundamentals of Irish and International law, together with exposure to a range of interesting elective areas of legal study. BCL Director: Dr Maria Cahill (maria.cahill@ucc.ie) Administrator: Anne-Marie Curtin (am.curtin@ucc.ie)

The BCL (Clinical) is a four-year degree that incorporates a unique opportunity to work within the Irish legal system and facilitates students’ development of professional, organisational and interpersonal workplace skills. BCL (Clincal) Director: Dorothy Appelbe (d.appelbe@ucc.ie)  Administrator: Noreen Delea (n.delea@ucc.ie)  For details of possible placement partners, click here.

The BCL (International) is an exciting and dynamic four-year degree, offering the opportunity to study at a law school in China, India, the US, Canada or Europe; each study-abroad option offers a unique experience to our students and the programme director aims to match your interests with those of our partners to ensure you have the best possible learning experience during your semester abroad.  BCL (International) Director (Acting): Professor Deirdre Madden (d.madden@ucc.ie)  Administrator: Aislinn Collins (aislinn.collins@ucc.ie)  For details of placement universities, click here.

 

FAQ:  BCL (Pathways)

Q. If I choose BCL (Pathways), to what exactly is it a pathway?

A. BCL (Pathways) is a gateway to three distinct undergraduate law degree programmes currently offered by the School of Law, UCC:

BCL (three years)

BCL (Clinical) (four years with a work placement of one or two semesters)

BCL (International) (four years with a study abroad placement of one or two semesters)

All student start as BCL students in first year.

Once you pass first year, you then apply for your preferred path for the remainder of your degree.  You can request to a) transfer to BCL Clinical, b) transfer to BCL International or c) remain in the BCL. 

Q. What do I need in order to be eligible for consideration for transfer into BCL Clinical?

A. Places on the BCL (Clinical) will be allocated on a competitive basis, which will include an interview.  Academic results will also be a consideration.

Q. What do I need to be eligible to transfer into BCL International?

A. To transfer into the BCL (International), students must achieve at least a 2H2 in their first year exams.  Where students do not achieve a 2H2 and if there are places available, there will be an interview process.

Q. What are the entry requirements for BCL (Pathways)?

Leaving certificate requirements: HC3 in two subjects, and passes in four other subjects at H or O level from English, Irish, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO and will be required to sit an assessment test and may be called for interview. Approximately 18 places are available on this programme for mature applicants.

FETAC applicants: There are 5 places available for suitably qualified FETAC graduates.

Q. What kind of career or job could I look to after graduation? 

Many graduates are currently working as solicitors in top law firms or as barristers. Others (more than half of UCC law graduates) choose to pursue postgraduate study or to work with the Human Rights Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs, or work within academia, many being internationally based, or pursue careers in accountancy, broadcasting/journalism, humanitarian work, IT and the security forces, including within the services of An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces and the Irish Navy, as some examples.

BCL (Law and Business)

The BCL (Law and Business) is a new joint honours degree combining the related disciplines of law and business.  This exciting four year programme

  • explores the relationship between law and business, in areas such as business organisation, finance, and market regulation; 
  • gives students an advanced understanding of the business world, and the legal and regulatory framework within which it operates; and
  • provides a solid foundation for a career in either discipline, in Ireland and internationally.

For more course details click here

A key feature of this programme is that it allows students to uniquely shape their studies and to equip them for a world of career opportunities; in Law, Business or indeed both!  Students will be exposed to a wide array of stimulating and challenging modules that inform and address important contemporary legal and business issues.

During the first three years of this programme, students take an equal amount of credits in law and business.  Law modules include contract law, commercial law; and company law; while business modules covers topics in accounting, business information systems, economics, management and marketing. There is a work placement opportunity in a legal or business environment during the summer months at the end of third year.  In the final year of the programme, students can specialise in law or business with over 60 optional modules from which to choose. 

BCL (Law and Business) Director: Dr Fidelma White (f.white@ucc.ie)

BCL Law and Business Adminisrtative Support: Noreen Delea (+353-21-4903220 / n.delea@ucc.ie)

 

FAQ - BCL (Law and Business) CK 307

Q. What is BCL (Law and Business)?

A. The BCL (Law and Business) programme is a new joint honours degree combining the related disciplines of law and business. 
This exciting four year programme explores the relationship between law and business, in areas such as business organisation, finance, and market regulation; gives students an advanced understanding of the business world, and the legal and regulatory framework within which it operates; and provides a solid foundation for a career in either discipline, in Ireland and internationally. 
A key feature of this programme is that it allows students to uniquely shape their studies and to equip them for a world of career opportunities in Law or in Business or both! 
 

Q. Is this a Law degree with Business added or a ‘Law and Business’ degree?

A. During the first three years of this programme, you will study law and business equally.  
In the final year of the programme, you can choose to specialise, if you wish, in either law or business, and you will have a long list optional modules from which to choose.  Through-out the four years of the programme there is a focus on developing transferable skills with compulsory modules in legal and business writing involving group work and presentation skills.  
 

Q.  What are the entry requirements for the BCL (Law and Business)?

A. Leaving certificate requirements: Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO and will be required to sit an assessment test and may be called for interview. Approximately five places are available on this programme for mature applicants. 
FETAC applicants: There are two places available for suitably qualified FETAC graduates.
 

Q. How is the course delivered?  Do different modules have different modes of delivery?

 
A. Students must take 60 credits (6-12 modules) per academic year.  As well as scheduled lectures each week, selected modules also include fortnightly tutorials and students are expected to engage in self-directed learning which involves independent research and study in the library or online; this type of work can be undertaken individually or in a group settling.
 

Q. What kinds of assessment are there? 

 
A. Law and Business modules are assessed by a variety of methods including written assignment, end of semester examinations, oral presentations and group work.  Different modules will have different requirements and assessments; each module is described in full in the Book of Modules.
 

Q. Will there be a work placement as part of this degree? 

 
A. The BCL (Business and Law) includes the option of a work placement in a legal or business environment during the summer months preceding the final year of study.  If you wish to go on work placement, simply choose that module for final year. 
 

Q. What skills will I learn and what kind of career could I aim for with this degree? 

 
A. The broad knowledge base and skills you will have as a graduate of the BCL (Law and Business) degree will afford you a wide range of career opportunities in Ireland and abroad. The School of Law at UCC places a huge emphasis upon the development of transferable skills through dedicated modules, which develop legal and business writing skills, research and presentation skills. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in many sectors including: 
• The Legal Profession (including being a solicitor; barrister, or in-house legal counsel), 
• Accountancy and Taxation, 
• Business Information Systems, 
• Financial Services, 
• Food Business.
Graduates may also choose to pursue postgraduate and/or professional studies in law or business from a wide range of academic and industry graduate programmes.

A Law and Language degree will offer you the opportunity to study something new and exciting, law, and something familiar and therefore old, a language you have studied in secondary school. A combined Law and Language degree offers you a step into a new world and improves your footing in an old one.

In order to study one of the languages as part of your Law and Language degree you will have to have studied it at Higher Level in secondary school. You will therefore be familiar with the subject and, if you are interested in pursuing it to third level, enjoy it. The Language part of your Law and Language degree will enhance your language skills through the study of French, German or Irish literature and culture and through the development of advanced oral and written skills in that language. We live in an increasingly global world, a world in which fluency in two or more languages is a significant asset.

Knowledge of the law is an asset in our ever-more complex world. Law is a diverse and exciting subject that touches on our everyday lives in many ways. It regulates our relationships with one another, with society and with the government. It also governs Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the world. Because law has an important role to play at all these levels it is a fascinating, challenging and often controversial subject to study.

BCL (Law and French) (CAO code CK302)

The BCL (Law and French) is a four year degree, jointly taught by the Law School and the French department. Your time at UCC will involve the study of law together with the study of French literature, language and French legal institutions. The year abroad provides you with the invaluable opportunity to study and experience the legal system of another jurisdiction and will strengthen your command of the French language.  For details of placement partners, click here.

BCL (Law and French) Director: Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller (b.sage@ucc.ie)

Administrator: Aislinn Collins (aislinn.collins@ucc.ie)

BCL (Law and Irish) (CAO code CK304)

The BCL (Law and Irish) is unique to UCC and is a four year degree. It is jointly taught by the Law School and the Irish department. In addition to studying legal subjects, you will study Irish literature, language and the interaction between Irish law, history and culture. The third year is spent on placement working with one of the following:

Irish-based institutions including the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Courts Service, RTÉ, Údarás na GaeltachtaInstitutions including the Welsh National Assembly and the European ParliamentThe District Court of Montana and the University of Montana, USA.  For more details and testimonials, click here.

BCL (Law and Irish) Director: Dr Seán Ó Conaill (s.oconaill@ucc.ie)

Administrator: Noreen Delea (n.delea@ucc.ie)

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