Why Study Law?
Law is a vast and exciting subject that has an impact upon all of life’s choices. UCC presents an array of stimulating and incredibly current degree program's which both inform and engage the students of the School. The UCC law degree programmes put the student first and are structured to provide scope for each student to tailor their degree content to match their individual needs and interests. The combination of an understanding of the law and the multiple transferable skills provided by a UCC law degree encourages UCC law students to embrace ever-varying and exciting career opportunities. The School of Law at UCC comprises many internationally renowned scholars who continuously influence national and international law and policy. This experience forms the basis of superb research-led teaching and results in an exciting dynamic in the classroom. Legal Skills
The study of law will introduce you to topical and controversial issues. The skills that you will develop through analysing these issues and through taking our specially designed legal skills modules will equip you for success in any professional career. These skills include the ability to synthesis complex arguments, to propose solutions to difficult problems and to persuasively present your ideas in written and oral form.
“The UCC Law School consistently produces graduates of an outstanding calibre with impressive personal, academic and work-place abilities. This is reflected in our annual recruitment of trainee solicitors from this exceptional pool of graduates. We at Ronan Daly Jermyn place immense value on a law degree from UCC.”
John Dwyer, Managing Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn Life at UCC
At UCC you will study in a friendly and supportive atmosphere with the country's best lecturers and tutors to guide you through your subjects. A Personal Tutor will be assigned to assist you during your time at UCC and you will also have the opportunity to get involved in the student Law Society (http://ucclawsociety.com/wp/), which organises debates, the annual conference and publishes the Cork Online Law Review (COLR) (http://corkonlinelawreview.com/). There are also numerous other clubs and societies that students can join.
The study of law encourages independent thought, and with that comes the desire to test new-found knowledge and skills. UCC Law School encourages students to speak up and participate in topical discussion and debate. To support the development of both skill and confidence levels, final year law students participate in an annual moot court module, presenting legal arguments to support their allocated issue of law. Students are continuously amazed at their own ability to advocate on behalf of another and become aware of the skills they have developed during their time at UCC, excited by where their outstanding abilities might take them.
For further course information please contact: Anne Wallace, Recruitment and School Liaison
College of Business & Law (Rm 3.03A O'Rahilly Building)University College Cork,CorkTel: (+353) 21 420 5102 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities for Second Level Students
If you are interested in studying law at UCC but not sure what it might be like or what course to choose, there are a few things you can try first to help you make up your mind.
The Law Academy is an opportunity for high achieving students who are considering the study of law to attend a one-day “taster” session of law lectures, a Moot Court and a student forum. The Academy is generally run in both autumn and spring mid-term breaks (three to four sessions per break depending on demand), with the autumn session being reserved for Leaving Certificate students only. It is free to students, but places are be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of up to five students from any one school. Early booking is essential through your Guidance Counsellor; further details can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
And for those who are curious about study in many different arenas, keep an eye on UCC Open Days, when you can learn about the whole university in one go! :-)
For enquiries regarding upcoming Open Days may be directed to Anne Wallace (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prospective Postgraduate Students
Whether you have a BCL or a BA, as long as you are a university or college graduate, you can come to UCC to do a postgraduate degree in Law.
For Law graduates, we offer an LLM (taught or research) or a PhD, and we also run a broad range of specialist LLM, PG Dip and PG Cert programmes.
Graduates from any discipline can enrol in the LLB, our PG degree recognised for the purposes of training to practise law.
Student Placement Programme
To support our students’ future career aspirations, UCC Law School offers a very comprehensive summer placements programme. We have developed links locally, nationally and internationally and endeavour to provide all applicant students with an opportunity to experience an aspect of the legal system during the summer period. Opportunities currently available include work experience with local solicitors and barristers, placements within State bodies and internships within the US courts system.
The traditional view of a law degree is that it eventually leads to a career as either a solicitor or barrister. The degree programmes at UCC hugely prepare law graduates for these traditional careers and allow them to excel in their professional lives. To follow such a route additional professional training is required with the Law Society of Ireland or at Kings Inns. However a law degree from UCC opens up a multitude of other career opportunities, and UCC Law School graduates thrive in areas such as banking, accounting, taxation, insurance, IT, teaching, HR, journalism and the media, which may require further academic and/or professional training.