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UCC Undergraduate courses

Evening Law Degree

Course Fact File
Duration4 Years
Teaching ModePart-Time
QualificationsBCL (Hons)
NFQ LevelLevel 8
FeesSee Fees and Costs for full details.
CAO PointsN/A
Closing DateNo intake for 2023/2024

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.  

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. Applicants must be aged 21 years as of 1st January of the year of entry. 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.

Course Details

Lectures and tutorials for the first and second years of the course will normally be given on three evenings per week (each student has roughly eight hours of lectures and tutorials per week).  In addition, a student is expected to spend considerable amounts of time on private study, both in the UCC Law Library and at home.  In the third and fourth years, timetables vary depending on the optional courses taken and may well spread over four evenings.  This is a guide only, as the lecture and tutorial timetables are subject to change from year to year.

The core modules covered in the EBCL are:

  • Introduction to the Legal System
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Legal Skills and Analysis
  • Moot Court
  • Law of the European Union
  • Equity
  • Jurisprudence
  • Essay

For further details on the course structure, elective modules, and module descriptors, please see the Undergraduate Calendar.

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


To be eligible, candidates must have reached the age of 21 years of age on or before 1st January of the year of entry.

Selection will be based on information provided by applicants in the application form under the following headings:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Personal statement

Your personal statement should describe the experience and personal qualities which especially equip you for the programme. If this is not sufficient to enable a decision to be made in an individual case the School of Law may, at its discretion, request that the applicant attend for an interview.  

If English is not your first language, you may need to satisfy English language competency requirements.

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 is 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 To Apply

There is no intake for this programme for 2023-24. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact