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BCL (Law and Society)

Course Details

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3 or 4 Years
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Do you enjoy problem solving and want to know more about the role law plays in the regulation of society? 



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Are you interested in law and the legal process? Do you want to develop essential and practical skills in analysis, presentation and research? The BCL (Law and Society) degree at DCU 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.

Develop practical skills

The BCL degree focuses on experiential learning and developing practical legal skills while also providing you with opportunities to engage with industry and the wider legal profession.

In particular, the Moot Court module gives you the chance to practise your court-room skills and gain a real insight into law in action. DCU has its own Moot Court room which is where you will participate in mock trials and practise skills such as advocacy, presenting evidence or cross examination. 

Becoming a solicitor or barrister

DCU’s BCL degree will prepare you for a career as a lawyer, including as a solicitor and barrister. The skills you develop will also be helpful for a range of careers outside the legal professions. This BCL (Law and Society) is an approved degree for King’s Inns.

Three of four year degree

You can complete the BCL degree in three years, or choose to take an extra year either to study abroad or complete an INTRA placement.

DCU People

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Cillín Greene

Having explored many other courses, I chose this BCL degree in DCU because I felt it was the most suitable for my career and personal growth.

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Aisling de Paor

Hi, I’m Aisling de Paor and I am the Chair of the BCL Law and Society Degree at DCU. I’m also a trained solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland and trained in a commercial law firm. 

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Careers & Further Options

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Our BCL (Law and Society) degree gives you the foundations you need to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister.

During your degree you will have the opportunity to study core modules to prepare for the entrance exams to the Law Society as a trainee solicitor or to help you qualify for entrance to the Barrister-at-law degree at King’s Inns.

This degree is highly regarded by all employers and other career paths are open to you as well beyond the legal profession such as journalism, politics, public service and working for private corporations. Every organisation is faced with legal requirements and complexities that require the knowledge, skills and critical thinking from BCL graduates like you.

  • Legal profession 
  • In-house legal advice
  • Mediation
  • Governance
  • Data compliance and control
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Statutory bodies
  • Journalist/Commentator
  • Not for profit sector
  • International and European institutions
Legal Advisor
Civil Servant
Risk Analyst
Policy Manager

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DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making


Entry Requirements

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

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

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


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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.

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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 Throughout your learning we teach you to question how law affects society so that you gain a critical perspective at all stages of this degree. 

Mix of core and optional modules

This three-year (or four- year if you choose Erasmus or INTRA placement) course consists of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. In Year 1, all modules are compulsory. In Years 2 and 3, there is greater flexibility with a chance for you to specialise in areas of interest to you. This means in addition to core modules, you will also choose from a range of optional modules. For your final year, you also have the option to complete a written dissertation - this is your final project that showcases all you’ve learned and the research skills you have acquired over the course of your studies.

On this degree you will:

  • 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
  • Build transferable skills, including research techniques, and oral and written communication proficiencies

 Observe another legal system

The BCL (Law and Society) is normally a three-year course. However, you can opt to study abroad in one of our partner universities in Belgium, China, Poland, Scotland, Spain, or the USA. This is an excellent opportunity to experience life in another country and to study another legal system. After you complete the year abroad, you will do the final year of your degree at DCU in Year 4. (The option to study abroad is offered on merit once you fulfil the criteria.)

 Legal placements

A further option is to spend your third year completing an INTRA placement, after which you will complete the final year of your degree in DCU. We have placement opportunities with law firms, corporations, multinational companies and public bodies in Ireland. This is a great opportunity to enhance your employability and develop your talents. This option is competitive and subject to the availability of placements. For more information, visit our INTRA office

What Will I Study?

While content of the course may change over time, these modules are indicative of what you will be studying in each year. 

  • Foundations of Law and Legal Research
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Advanced Torts
  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Critical Approaches to Law
  • Public International Law
  • Introducing Law


  • The Law of Contract
  • European Union Law
  • Moot Court
  • Family, Law and Society
  • Advanced EU Law
  • Advanced Contract Law
  • Advanced Contract Law
  • Healthcare Law and Society
  • Property Law
  • Company Law 1

Optional Modules:

  • Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Advanced Property Law
  • Company Law


  • Optional study year abroad / INTRA


  • Jurisprudence 1 and 2
  • Genetics, Law and Society
  • Technology Law and Society


Optional modules:

  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Equity
  • Property Law 1 and 2
  • Company Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Trusts Law
  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law
  • Climate Change Law
  • Advanced Company Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Dissertation
  • Uaneen Award: DCU’s Leadership and Engagement Module


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 for mature students, please 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

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

Many of our law students get involved with societies at DCU such as the Debate Society, the FLAC Society (Free Legal Aid), the Dublin Law and Politics Review , ELSA (European Law Students Association) and the Law Society.


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DCU Glasnevin Campus


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Can I become a barrister or solicitor with the BCL degree?
Our BCL (Law and Society) degree gives you the foundations you need to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister. During your degree you will have the opportunity to study core modules to prepare for the entrance exams to the Law Society as a trainee solicitor or to help you qualify for entrance to the Barrister-at-law degree at King’s Inns. This is the only law degree at DCU that is an approved degree for Kings Inns. But all of our other law degrees at DCU equip you for Law Society exams.