Course Title
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

BCL (Law and Society)

Bachelor of Civil Law (Law and Society)

  • CAO CodeDC232
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2019 453
  • Duration 3 or 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€6,679
  • Non EU Fees€15,000
About fees & requirements

Learn how the legal process operates and how law and social forces influence one another in our modern world. In this degree, you’ll explore the key foundations of law (constitutional law, contract law and criminal law, for instance), and examine critical perspectives on the nature of these subjects, the practice of law, and the wider role of law in society.

The BCL (Law and Society) course suits analytical problem solvers who want to understand the role law plays in regulating social systems and to engage critically with the possibilities of law reform.

You may choose to extend the degree from three to four years by spending an optional year studying abroad.

The course also presents the opportunity to study the core modules to prepare for entrance exams to the Law Society as a trainee solicitor, or you could qualify for entrance to the Barrister-at-Law degree at King's Inns. Alternatively, upon graduation, you may choose to work within the public service, politics, NGOs, journalism, criminology/criminal justice and equality organisations, or international institutions.

Why do this course?

  • Understand the critical socio-legal perspectives embedded within the delivery of all law subjects
  • Enjoy small group teaching, delivered by highly qualified, committed law lecturers with strong research expertise
  • Cover all foundational law subjects and some additional subjects not usually found on undergraduate law degrees
  • Observe law in practice with internship opportunity
  • Build transferable skills, including research techniques, and oral and written communication proficiencies
  • Experience life in and observe another country’s legal system with an optional study abroad year

Student Voice

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

DCU student Kevin Charbel talks about his experience in the BCL (Law and Society) course.

About the course

The BCL (Law and Society) degree consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

In Year One, all modules are compulsory.

In Years Two and Three, there are some compulsory modules but you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules.

The BCL is normally a three-year course. However, you can opt to spend an extra year abroad in one of our partner universities in Spain, Scotland, China or Poland, experiencing life in another country and studying another legal system.

After you complete the year abroad, you’ll return to DCU for your final year.

Internship Year You can also opt to apply for a year-long INTRA work placement in Year Three. This will give you a unique opportunity to enhance your CV, increase your employability and experience the relevance of your study in the real world. This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements. For more information on the INTRA programme at DCU, please visit

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. DCU has invested over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. The U building is home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


You’ll have the opportunity to study the core modules to prep for entrance exams to the Law Society as a trainee solicitor, or you could qualify for entrance to the Barrister-at-Law degree at King's Inns.

Alternatively, upon graduation, you may seek employment within state organisations, politics, NGOs, journalism, criminology/criminal justice and equality studies, or international institutions.

  • Policy evaluation
  • Research
  • Trainee Barrister
  • Trainee Solicitor

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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

GCE A Level

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

QQI level 5

For details of QQI requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you 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

Applicantions 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.

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

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
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

For information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet.

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Bachelor of Civil Law (Law and Society) Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €6,679 €15,000