UCC Undergraduate courses

Evening Law Degree

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Evening Law Degree

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BCL (Hons)

  • Fees

    The fees for years one and two are €2,850 per annum and for years three and four are €3,950 per annum. After registering for the degree, it is possible to make an application under the Law School's Fee Concession Scheme. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Open to EU students who are aged 21 on or before 1st January of year of entry. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points


  • Closing Date

    Next intake is September 2021, subject to approval.

Course Outline

What is the Evening BCL?

The Evening BCL Degree at University College Cork is the longest running and most successful programme of its kind in Ireland.  Another four-year cycle of the programme, leading to a BCL degree, is planned to commence in September 2021 (subject to sufficient numbers).

After completing the first two years of study, students will be awarded a Diploma in Law (Dip. L.).  Although a student may decide to end his or her studies at this point, in practice the majority of students remain on to complete the BCL Degree Programme over a further two years.

Evening BCL lectures are recorded, affording flexibility to students. 


Who should apply?

Applications are welcomed from those who have not yet had the opportunity to pursue third-level education, as well from graduates in other disciplines. EU applicants must be aged 21 years as of 1st January 2021.  The programme will be of interest to, amongst others, those who wish:

  • to enhance career prospects, whether in existing employment or a new career
  • to acquire an insight into the application of law to business, current affairs and society generally
  • to improve reasoning, communication and analytical skills

Many of our graduates are successfully practicing solicitors and barristers.  Others use the degree to open up new opportunities for their careers in other fields.  In addition to the professional rewards, students find the course intellectually stimulating and enriching.


Evening BCL Programme Director: Professor John Mee (j.mee@ucc.ie)

Administrator: Elaine Deasy (elaine.deasy@ucc.ie)

Why Choose This Course

The experiences you will be offered, the opportunities that you can avail of, the people you meet and the self-confidence you gain. Now is your time!

Pippa Willows, Evening BCL Student


The Evening BCL (Hons) Degree may be awarded following a four-year evening programme. A Diploma in Law is awarded on successful completion of Second Year. The programme is normally available on a cyclical basis and is subject to the following conditions: 
(i) Entry is open to mature EU students only. In the case of the Evening BCL (Hons) Degree this means students who have reached 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of proposed entry. Entry is limited and will be subject to a selection process. All such students who secure a place in the Evening BCL (Hons) programme will be deemed to have satisfied the minimum entry requirements on the grounds of Mature Years. 
(ii) The commencement of any Law Degree programme will depend upon a sufficient number of persons registering therefor. 
(iii) The numbers permitted to register for the Degree in Law programme may be limited. 

Fees and Costs

The School of Law UCC operates a fee concession scheme for registered students on the Evening BCL degree, providing financial assistance in the form of a contribution by the School towards a successful applicant’s fees in a given academic year. Amounts awarded may vary, according to financial need, and the total fund available. The maximum amount of any fee concession awarded will not exceed 50% of the fee for that academic year. Applicants for fee concessions will be required to provide documentary evidence of their need (eg evidence of receipt of welfare payments, change of financial circumstances etc). Awards will be made for one year at a time, but students may apply for the scheme in each academic year if their circumstances continue to warrant it (providing that the candidate has passed the previous year’s examinations and subject to the continued availability of funding in the School of Law). The operation of the fund is re-assessed each year and cannot be guaranteed. Any awards made are at the discretion of the School of Law.

How Do I Apply


Applications are now closed. 

Download the interactive application form here: EBCL Application Form 2021 Entry

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