Here we present career profiles from our Undergraduate BCL International degree programme
My time as a UCC BCL (International) student incorporated a year at Charles University in Prague which was certainly the highlight of my degree. Upon realising that I was not interested in pursuing a professional legal qualification, and given that I had my own Irish radio show on Cork Campus Radio, I decided upon the slightly alternative career path of broadcasting. I discovered a course in Broadcasting in Irish, run by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge (NUIG), based in Carraroe Co Galway. I had a great year and studied Media Law as one of my subjects which was a nice continuation of my law studies! I am now about to commence a training scheme in Belfast in TV Production in Irish, and will be based with the BBC NI. My UCC law degree has contributed greatly to my knowledge of current affairs and international issues, both of which are hugely relevant to broadcasting. The year abroad particularly helped me to decide upon my future plans and undoubtedly, the extra year as an undergraduate was of great benefit to me. Beir bua éinne atá ag smaoineamh faoi chéim sa dlí.
"In 2005, I began a BCL degree in UCC. In my second year, however, I had the opportunity to transfer into the BCL (International) programme and spent an Erasmus year studying at Charles University in Prague. Following my undergraduate degree, I returned to UCC to complete a general LL.M and authored a thesis on European Contract Law. Throughout my studies at UCC and Charles University, I was always interested in public international law and my subject choices reflected this. Currently, I am undertaking a one-year traineeship as a legal attaché/liaison officer at the Irish Embassy in The Hague where I have the opportunity to work with many international legal institutions such as the ICC, ICTY, ICJ, PCA and OPCW. (International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). The work is highly fascinating and allows me to experience international justice and multilateralism first-hand."
Liam Thornton is a graduate of UCC (BCL (International), PhD) and is currently a lecturer in law at University College Dublin. Liam was previously a lecturer in Univeristy of Ulster and, prior to this, the research and policy officer in the Irish Human Rights Commission.
"My BCL (International) degree provided a firm foundation to begin my doctoral thesis entitled “Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers in Ireland and the United Kingdom: Between Rights and Control” under the supervision of Prof. Siobhan Mullally. My BCL (International) degree ensured that I had the key research and writing skills needed to undertake PhD research. Lecturers were approachable and dedicated to their subject areas and instilled in me a need to further examine law in its social context. My BCL (International) degree also provided me with the opportunity to study law in Bilbao, and I was able to focus on my interests in international law and human rights law. The Faculty of Law’s placement programmes assisted me greatly in building core employment based skills in the Refugee Legal Service in Cork and the Dublin office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The focus on academic excellence and practical knowledge of the law gives UCC law students the edge in an ever competitive job market."