School of Law & Government

Bachelor of Civil Law (Law and Society)

 

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CAO Code: DC232
Points Last Year: 415
Duration: 3 or 4 Years
Type of degree: Full-time
Contact: Dr. Brenda Daly

Understanding the Course:

The BCL (Law and Society) at DCU will give you an understanding of how the legal process operates and how law influences and is influenced by a diverse range of social forces. It combines innovative teaching of all the foundational law subjects (e.g. constitutional law, contract law, criminal law etc.), with critical perspectives on the nature of these subjects, on the practice of law and on the wider role of law in society.

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About You:

Are you in interested in law and the legal process? Do you enjoy problem solving and want to know more about the role law plays in the regulation of social systems? Do you want to develop important research, analytical and presentation skills? Students taking the BCL (Law and Society) degree will learn about the law, the social forces that affect law and the legal process, and will engage critically with the possibilities of law reform.

The general entry requirements for admission to the University apply.

Why should I choose DCU?

This degree brings together the areas of law and society, and the influences that one has over the other in today's ever-changing world. The key foundations of law are explored through innovative teaching in small class settings, ensuring that students are helped in every facet of their study, while preparing them for their future career.

Minimum Requirements:

Leaving Certificate with Grade C3 in Two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level Subjects (which must include Mathematics and either English or Irish). See under Entry Requirements for information on mathematics at (Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Alternative or Foundation Level).

Course Structure:

The BCL (Law and Society) degree covers all foundational law subjects and some additional subjects not usually found on undergraduate law degrees. This three year course consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. In Year one, all modules are compulsory, while in Years two and three, compulsory modules are combined with a choice of optional modules. There is an opportunity to undertake an internship in your final year, when you will combine the theory of law with the observation and the experience of law in action, in a professional legal environment.

In addition to learning core legal rules and principles, you will also learn to reflect critically on how these are shaped and influenced.

The BCL (Law and Society) is normally a three year course. However, you can also elect to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities in Spain, Scotland, China and Poland. This is an excellent opportunity to experience life in another country and to study the operation of another legal system. After you complete the year abroad you come back to complete the final year of your course at DCU.

View the subjects currently taught on this course (2014 - 2015)

Why DCU:

Why DCU?

  • Enjoy small group teaching, which enhances the learning process.
  • Learn from a dedicated team of highly qualified, committed law lecturers with strong research expertise.
  • Understand the critical socio-legal perspectives embedded within the delivery of all law subjects.
  • Internship module in Year Three, which allows students to observe law in practice.
  • Benefit from the key emphasis placed on important transferable skills, including research skills, and oral and written communication skills, at all stages of the course.

What Our Graduates Say

"I enjoyed every minute of my time in DCU and I'm delighted I chose BCL Law and Society for my law degree. The lecturers are really approachable and creative in their assessments, making academic life really interesting. The assessments mirror challenges that you would face in your professional life, such as analysing a debenture between a company and a bank, in the company law module. BCL Law & Society helped me develop a set of skills that I can use through my professional career." Bernardo Langaro, BCL Graduate, 2012

"I chose to study BCL Law and Society in DCU because of the unique perspective it offers to students studying Law. The combination of 'Law' and 'Society' I believe, made my degree more versatile, which ultimately broadens my career prospects upon graduation. I had the invaluable opportunity to be involved in Moot Court, which gave me the chance to travel abroad representing my University at an international level." Anna Murphy, BCL Graduate, 2012

International Students

Non-native English speakers may be eligible to apply to the International Foundation Certificate (IFC) course, which will help you to achieve the English language requirements necessary for entry to this course as well as preparing you for adjustment to university learning in the Irish context.

Career Prospects:

You will be equipped for occupations both within and outside the legal profession. You will have the opportunity to study all the core modules necessary to take the Final Examination - First Part (FE-1) required for entry to the Law Society as a trainee solicitor. You can also cover the modules necessary to achieve a qualifying law degree for entry to the Barrister-at-Law degree at King's Inns. The Honorable Society of King's Inns has accredited the BCL (Law and Society) degree.

Alternatively, graduates will have the skills for employment in other areas, such as state organisations, politics, journalism, criminology/criminal justice and equality studies and international institutions. Postgraduate studies at both Masters and PhD level are also available.

Future Careers

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Legal advisor
  • Journalist
  • Public Servant

Minimum Requirements:

Leaving Certificate with Grade C3 in Two Higher Level Subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level Subjects (which must include Mathematics and either English or Irish). See under Entry Requirements for information on mathematics at (Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Alternative or Foundation Level).

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate
There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.
The University does not award points for the subject of mathematics at (Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Alternative or Foundation level) but this subject will be accepted for admission purposes to the BCL (Law and Society) degree. See further http://www.dcu.ie/registry/ entry.shtml#leaving


GCE A Level
There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FETAC Level 5
For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme your are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

Transfer Applications
Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations:

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU:

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.


Mature Applicants

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here


EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July


Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here


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