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Diploma in Common Law (European)

Course Fact File
DurationFull academic year
Teaching ModeFull-time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
NFQ LevelN/A
Fees€14,400 See Fees and Costs for full details.

Course Outline

The Diploma in Common Law (European) is an excellent one-year, full-time undergraduate course for law students. Core studies covering the legal system here in Ireland, law in the European Union, and legal research and writing combine with a choice of electives including subjects such as criminal law, banking law, IT law and medical law to make this an exciting study choice. This Diploma will not only provide you with a thorough understanding of the common law system as well as law in the EU, but also with a qualification which can be tailored to suit your own personal needs or preferences.

It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate degree students in UCC's non-European partner institutions only.


The Diploma in Common Law (European) is a one-year, full-time course open to students, studying at the Faculty of Law UCC, who would like an introduction to law and to the Irish legal system within the European legal context. During the year, Diploma students experience the wide variety of legal subjects on offer at UCC's dynamic Faculty of Law, and gain a taste of what the study and practice of law has to offer. Those pursuing the Diploma select modules totalling 60 UCC credits.

During this year, students will register for 60 credits, 25 of which will be core and 35 more from a comprehensive list of elective modules of your choice:

Core Modules: 25 credits

  • LW1104 Foundations of the Legal System (5 credits)
  • LW1156 Legal Research and Writing (10 credits)
  • LW2100 Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union (5 credits)
  • LW2102 Economic Law of the European Union (5 credits)

Elective Modules: 35 credits

  • ¹LW1106 Law of Torts I (5 credits)
  • ¹LW1107 Law of Torts II (5 credits)
  • LW1153 Criminal Law (10 credits)
  • LW1154 Law of Contract (10 credits)
  • LW1161 Constitutional Law: Fundamental Rights (5 credits)
  • LW1162 Constitutional Law: Institutions of Government (5 credits)
  • LW2006 The Law of Evidence I (5 credits)
  • LW2007 The Law of Evidence II (5 credits)
  • LW2205 Commercial Law: The Law of Sale and Agency (5 credits)
  • LW2206 Commercial Law: Intellectual Property Law and Finance (5 credits)
  • LW2207 International Human Rights Law (5 credits)
  • LW2208 Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (5 credits)
  • LW2211 Principles of Public International Law (5 credits)
  • LW2212 Public International Law: Application and Selected Issues (5 credits)
  • LW2249 Law of Property I (5 credits) LW2250 Law of Property II (5 credits)
  • LW2254 Commercial Law (10 credits) LW2261 Information Technology Law (10 credits)
  • LW2263 Law of Public Administration (5 credits)
  • LW2264 Administrative Law: Grounds of Judicial Review (5 credits)
  • LW2267 Welfare Law: Social Inclusion and the Law (5 credits)
  • LW2268 Welfare Law: Poverty and the Law (5 credits)
  • LW2275 Family Law: Child Law (5 credits)
  • LW2276 Family Law: Family Relationships (5 credits)
  • LW3301 Employment Law: Contracts, Rights and Termination (5 credits)
  • LW3302 Employment Law: Employee Protection, Equality and Industrial Relations (5 credits)
  • LW3303 Law of Equity: Doctrines and Remedies (5 credits)
  • LW3305 Law of Equity: Trusts (5 credits)
  • LW3316 Financial Services: Law and Regulation (5 credits)
  • LW3317 Banking Law (5 credits)
  • LW3345 Company Law: Fundamental Concepts and Doctrines (5 credits)
  • LW3346 Company Law: Finance, Management and Insolvency (5 credits)
  • LW3347 Contemporary Issues in Corporate Law (5 credits)
  • LW3357 English Land Law (5 credits)
  • LW3358 Landlord and Tenant Law (5 credits)
  • LW3366 Advanced Legal Reasoning (5 credits)
  • LW3368 Principles of Revenue Law (5 credits)
  • LW3369 Income Tax Law (5 credits)
  • LW3370 Sports Law (5 credits)
  • LW3371 Sources and Foundations of Environmental Law (5 credits)
  • LW3372 Environmental Law: Contemporary Issues in Governance, Regulation and Enforcement (5 credits)
  • LW3404 Medical Law and Ethics (5 credits)
  • LW3405 Medical Law: Regulation of Healthcare (5 credits)
  • ²LC2000 English Studies for International Students of Law (10 credits) – only available to non-EU students
  • ²LC2001 Legal English Studies for International Students (10 credits) – only available to non-EU students


  1. LW1106 and LW1107 are co-requisites and must be taken together.
  2. Students wishing to take LC2000 and/or LC2001 must obtain permission from the Head of Department before registration. 

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Lectures / seminars

Course Practicalities

Students can expect to attend lectures for an average of 11 hours per week with additional tutorials and directed reading.

Assessment is largely done by exam but, depending on the module, continuous assessment (e.g. case study, essay, other) may be part or all of the grading process.

This course is taught by staff at the Department of Law. For full staff-profiles, please see the following link: www.ucc.ie/en/lawsite/people/

Why Choose This Course

This course is only available to UCC’s non-EU partner institutions.

Skills and Careers Information

This course will provide non-EU visiting law students with the fundamentals of common law and of European Union law. In just one year, it will give you a good overview of how a common law system works and how it works within the greater context of the European Union. It will enable you to understand the differences between your own civil legal system, and that of the EU. The Diploma is an official award from the National University of Ireland, Cork, and will look great on your CV.


The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for admission to the programme is normally 3.0 out of 4.0

Fees and Costs


How To Apply

See Visiting US and Non-EU Students for how to apply.


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