UCC Undergraduate courses

Law (International)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law (International)

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BCL (Hons)

  • Fees

    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7; other language. See Requirements for full details.

Course Outline

The BCL (International) is an exciting and dynamic four-year degree, offering you the opportunity to spend Year 3 at a law school in China, the US, Canada or Europe.

We have a wide variety of prestigious partner institutions and the year abroad can be tailored to suit your interests, both academically and culturally.

Our partner institutions have specialisations in international human rights law, business and commercial law, constitutional law, and health law. They also provide practical exposure to the law via trial advocacy, moot court and law clinics. 

At present, you can study at the following universities:

  • East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai
  • Brooklyn Law School, New York
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Missouri
  • Université de Montréal, Canada
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Leiden, the Netherlands
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Oslo, Norway
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

The BCL (International) will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the international student experience, to explore new cities and countries, to make new friends, and to develop their academic and professional potential. This is in addition to obtaining a law degree, recognised by the professional bodies in Ireland, which may also be tailored to focus on specialised areas of law.

This is a challenging and a rewarding degree course. You will work hard on your year abroad to make the most of this exceptional opportunity to learn about different legal systems and to expand your legal knowledge. You will participate fully in the international student experience, making life-long friends and memories. 

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

You will follow the same course of study as BCL students in Years 1, 2 and final year. This involves a combination of lectures, tutorials/guided study, and reading in the library.

The number of optional subjects available increases as you progress through the course and includes language (European languages and Mandarin) and business options (management and accounting), in addition to law options.

During the study-abroad year, you will follow the course requirements in the host institution and often take courses at graduate level. These vary depending on the host university and your interests.

You are provided with information on the estimated costs of the various study-abroad options during the course of the BCL.

You do not pay fees to the host institution on the study-abroad year, although there may be a small registration charge. 


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

The skills modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis and include group work, presentations and oral advocacy.

During the study-abroad year, you will follow the assessment methods used in your host institution, which can involve open-book exams, course papers, in-class tests, moot court and other practical exercises, and also oral exams. Students find these exciting and rewarding. You must pass all assessments undertaken during the year abroad in order to progress to final year at UCC.

Who teaches this course

BCL (International) students are taught by the expert and dedicated staff of UCC's Law Department. This includes internationally recognised experts in child law, medical law, environmental law, family law, criminal justice and human rights law.

Students also have the opportunity, during the study-abroad year, to be taught through English by highly regarded international experts in our partner institutions in the US, Canada, Europe and China. Students always find this a varied and challenging experience.


Why Choose This Course

...the practical and legal skills I have developed during my time at UCC have provided me with the best possible foundation for my career.

Rachel O'Sullivan

BCL International (2013)

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As part of my degree I spent the last academic year studying at Université de Montréal, Canada... [I learnt] about law from an entirely new standpoint.

Aina Hannisa

Student, Quercus Scholar

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In an era of increasing globalisation, students who have studied abroad are particularly attractive to employers due to their familiarity with other legal systems and cultures, and the depth of experience this brings to the workplace.

The BCL (International) in UCC offers you the opportunity to study abroad, through English, for Year 3 of your degree. The course operates on well-established, strong links with partner law schools around the world including prestigious, internationally ranked law schools like ECUPL in Shanghai, Leiden in the Netherlands and Temple in Philadelphia. 

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The study-abroad year is at the heart of the BCL (International). Our prestigious partner institutions offer you the exciting opportunity to live and study abroad in Year 3. At present, students of the BCL (International) can study in:

  • US (Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Missouri)
  • Canada (Université de Montréal)
  • China (Shanghai)
  • Europe (Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands)

Each of our partner institutions offers a different experience and you can tailor the year abroad to suit your interests both academically and culturally. Students frequently describe the year abroad as a life-changing experience.

Skills and Careers Information

Obtaining an international degree is a direct benefit to students in a competitive employment market. The skills and experience acquired during the year abroad benefits our graduates when they leave UCC and embark on their varied career paths.

BCL (International) students develop a strong foundation in legal research and writing, advocacy, and legal reasoning. These are transferable skills which are attractive to employers in a wide variety of professions and industries.

Our BCL (International) graduates are sought-after by employers who value the breadth of experience, both legal and personal, gained over the four years of the course. 

Students can graduate with a broad-ranging general degree or can opt to tailor subject choices to specialise in areas like international law, business law, human rights law etc. Many graduates are currently working as solicitors in top law firms. Others have chosen to pursue further study abroad, to work with the Human Rights Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs, or to become law lecturers following further study, often internationally based.


Refer to CK301.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Refer to CK301.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

Refer to CK301.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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