Study Abroad Options for UCC Students

International Placements

The BCL (International), BCL (Clinical), BCL (Law &Irish) and BCL (Law & French)  are exciting and dynamic four year degrees offering students the opportunity to spend the third year on work (clinical) or study placement in Ireland, India, China, Canada, the US or Europe.  We have a wide variety of prestigious partners, and students can tailor their year abroad to suit their interests, both academically and culturally. Our partner institutions have specialisations in international human rights law, business and commercial law, constitutional law, health law and provide practical exposure to the law via trial advocacy, moot court and law clinics. The BCL (International), BCL (Law &Irish) and BCL (Law & French) provide students with the opportunity in particular to immerse themselves 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 well-regarded law degree, recognised by the professional bodies in Ireland, which students can keep general or which can be tailored to focus on specialised areas of law.


If you are lucky enough to be awarded a place on one of these programmes, we are delighted to have you and we recognise that study abroad is only part-prepared for through the heady heights of academic study; part of the experience is also of a more down-to-earth practical nature and to help you prepare for this aspect, we provide you with a Study Abroad Guide, with which you might familiarise yourself before you travel.

International Placements

Programmes with placement abroad options

Please see the following programme details for more information on the nature of the placement/s involved:

BCL (Law & 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.  Third year is spent abroad at either a French or Canadian university, studying through French.  This 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.

BCL (Law and French) Director: Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller (

BCL (Law & 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 either Irish-based institutions including the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Courts Service, RTÉ, Údarás na Gaeltachta), European Institutions including the Welsh National Assembly and the European Parliament or, in the US, the District Court of Montana and the University of Montana.

BCL (Law and Irish) Director: Seán Ó Conaill (

BCL (Clinical) (CAO code CK305)

The BCL (Clinical) degree is a four year degree, with third year spent on placement within the legal system. This degree will allow you to gain an understanding of the law in practice; develop your professional, organisational and interpersonal skills; and ultimately add immense value to your CV.  Placements abroad are relatively rare, but if you are interested in this programme and there is somewhere or some company for which you wish to work, please contact the programme director directly to discuss it.

BCL (Clinical) Director: Dorothy Appelbe (

BCL (International) (CAO code CK306)

The BCL (International) is a four year degree incorporating a year of study abroad at a top Asian, North American or European law school. You will return from your year abroad with your horizons broadened, your CV enhanced and an ability to give your best to your final year at UCC.

BCL (International) Director: Dr Claire Murray (

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