School of Law and Government

BCL (Law and Society)

BCL (Law and Society)
CAO Code:
DC232
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
8 - Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Delivery Mode:
Full-time
Minimum Points
469
Duration
3 or 4 Years
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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.

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

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 www.dcu.ie/intra

 

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
View the current course structure

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U.  The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and Socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUfm. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Bernardo Langaro, BCL Graduate

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

 

 

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.

But this degree is highly regarded by all employers and there are other paths 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 graduates like you on our programme.

Career Areas:
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Paralegal
  • Politics
  • Civil Service
  • Auditing
  • Risk analysis
  • Policy evaluation
  • Research
  • Mediation
  • Governance
  • Company secretarial and compliance
  • Data compliance and control
  • Journalism/Commentating
  • Not for profit sector
  • International institutions

Requirements

Leaving Cert

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.

FET 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. 

EU 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. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.  

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.

Fees

Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,000 per annum

Next Steps

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

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.

EU Transfer Applicants

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st Feb to the 1st May 2022.  

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie