Arts: Joint Honours (Law)

Arts: Joint Honours (Law)

Course Details

CAO Code:
Course Type:
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see for further information
Delivery Modes
Minimum Points
3-4 Years
+353 (0) 1


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Choosing the law stream on the Bachelor of Arts at DCU will allow you to explore the key foundations of law while also studying another discipline. This will provide you with an interdisciplinary education, covering many important areas of law while also choosing from History, International Languages or Media Studies.

The course will allow you to study all 8 of the core modules examined in the entrance exams to the Law Society as a trainee solicitor. These are constitutional law, contract law, criminal law, property law, equity and trusts, European Union law, tort law, and company law.

 You’ll have the option to take a year abroad, extending your degree to four years and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) International.

Internship Year You can 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

This programme will prepare you for a variety of careers and also provides a foundation for postgraduate study.

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Careers & Further Options

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While many law graduates enter the legal profession, many more choose alternative careers – in business, media, education, advocacy and the NGO sector, international organisations, and the civil service. A law degree aims fundamentally to develop critical thinking and analytical skills – hence the adaptability of law graduates across and within these and other domains. The Bachelor of Arts: Joint Honours (Law) programme allows the student to combine legal study with another discipline, thereby keeping more career options open at the completion of the degree programme. (For those interested in becoming a barrister, please see our BCL degree which is accredited by the King's Inns.

Career Areas: 
  • Advertising
  • Education
  • European Affairs
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Law
  • Policy evaluation
  • Print and online media
  • Public Relations
  • Research publishing
  • event management 
  • Arts administration
  • Government services and local administration
  • Communications
  • Publishing
  • Management consultancy
  • Politics
  • Heritage and tourism  
  • Skills are valued in particular in the export sector
  • Multinational corporations and international organisations
  • Work in international NGOs and European institutions

Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Additional requirement for International Languages:

French: Minimum of H4 in French

German: Minimum of H4 in German

Spanish: Minimum of H4 in Spanish


Additional requirement for Media Studies:

Media Studies: Minimum of H4 in English


In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Additional requirement for International Languages:

French: GCE A Level C French

German: GCE A Level C German

Spanish: GCE A Level C Spanish


Additional requirement for Media Studies:

Media Studies: GCE A Level C English


Please visit our Admissions webpage for details on course requirements or how to apply to DCU.


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Applicants that have completed at least one year of study at NFQ Level 6, 7 or 8 at another institution may apply to continue their studies on a similar programme at DCU. There should be substantial overlap in content between the two programmes to be considered for a transfer. Results and other supporting documentation must be submitted to CAO by the closing date of 1st July. This is a competitive application process for a small quota of advanced entry places. Offers are made on a rolling basis until all places are filled. Early application is advised. Please note: Applicants should also consider applying through the appropriate route for first year entry to the programme they are interested in. This application process is only for advanced entry.

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.

Course Structure

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Law (DC292)

Select Law + One other subject from:

History | International Languages | Media Studies

Law: You will take a wide range of law subjects which will provide you with an insight into the complex and interesting nature of the Irish and EU legal systems. 

History: You will explore how human beings behave grounded on a close examination of how they have behaved in the past in all spheres of the world but with a particular emphasis on Ireland.

International Languages (French, German, Spanish): You’ll acquire proficiency in your chosen language and learn about culture, film, literary traditions and intercultural communication.

Media Studies: You'll learn how we are shaped by culture, about the social and economic pressures on media organisations and the way mass media are used by government, corporations and others to influence us as citizens and as consumers.

For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Student Contribution.
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee.
€16,000 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

To apply for this programme:
Candidates should apply directly here. Here's a quick step by step guide if you need help with your application.

Please provide 

  • Academic Transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation, if applicable.
  • If applicable, provide evidence of competence in the English language as per DCU entry requirements.  Please see link

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

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

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 6th of November. 

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at

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