Entry Points (2017)
430

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Civil Law programme is the traditional law degree, offering a rich curriculum of core and optional legal subjects. All students are encouraged and assisted in acquiring skills in legal analysis, legal research and written and oral communication. The programme seeks to impart a solid grounding in law and the academic foundation necessary to prepare for entry to the legal professions.
 
All core law courses are covered as well as a number of complementary optional courses. It is also possible to study a European language – either French or German. If you have a keen interest in all aspects of the law and you wish to take all the required subjects to study for the legal professions in a single degree, then the BCL is for you. You can focus solely on law subjects or you can combine law and other subjects. You can then proceed to take the entrance examinations to become a solicitor or a barrister.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language and any three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Duration

3 years

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades (2017)

ABB & c(AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake

50

Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY251

PAC code

Course Outline

Year 1

Year 2

Final Year

Constitutional Law Administrative Law Equity
Contract Law Company Law Land Law
Law of Torts Criminal Law
Plus a number of options (subject to availability) including:
Irish Legal System European Union Law Disability Law
Intensive Legal Methods and Research
Plus a number of options (subject to availability) including:
Competition Law
Legal Procedure Health Law Criminology
French/German/Italian or Family Law Human Rights Environmental Law
  Housing Law Immigration Law
  Media Law English Land Law
  Entertainment Law Family Law
  Criminal Justice Jurisprudence
  Intellectual Property Evidence
  Law of the Sea  
  Information Technology Law  

BCL International - Optional Year

At the end of second year, interested students may opt to join the BCL International Programme, which involves spending third year at a university in mainland Europe.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 2 (60 Credits)

Optional LW343: International Protection Of Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW354: Media Law - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW357: Environmental Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW365: Criminology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW513: Evidence I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW212: Labour Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW3104: Applied Legal Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW213: Legal French I - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW405: Health Law & Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional GR208: Legal German - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW394: Criminal Justice - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW3103: Consumer Law and Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW308: Jurisprudence - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Required LW3108: Legal Methods and Research II - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LW337: Administrative Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LW301: Criminal Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LW427: European Union Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required LW229: Company Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW358: Environmental Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW370: Comparative Disability Law - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW514: Evidence II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional IT251: Italian Language II - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW385: European Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW216: Labour Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW326: Comparative Law - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW371: Alternative Dispute Resolution - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW127: Family Law - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional LW3105: Medical Device Law and Regulation - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required LW422: Administrative Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required LW264: Essay - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required LW304: Criminal Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required LW428: European Union Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required LW231: Company Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 4

Year 3 (60 Credits)

Optional LW343: International Protection Of Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW513: Evidence I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW339: Independent Research - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW212: Labour Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW365: Criminology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW357: Environmental Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW354: Media Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW3104: Applied Legal Theory - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW405: Health Law & Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional GR317: Legal German - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW383: Information Technology Law - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW3103: Consumer Law and Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW308: Jurisprudence - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW394: Criminal Justice - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW232: Housing Law & Policy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required LW263: Equity I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required LW225: Land Law I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW370: Comparative Disability Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW358: Environmental Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW356: Industrial And Intellectual Property Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW398: English Land Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW514: Evidence II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW216: Labour Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW380: Legal French II - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional IT334: Italian Language - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional LW385: European Human Rights - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW374: Banking Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW326: Comparative Law - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW371: Alternative Dispute Resolution - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW323: Public International Law - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional LW3105: Medical Device Law and Regulation - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required LW497: Essay - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required LW226: Land Law II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required LW265: Equity II - 5 Credits - Semester 6

Further Education

Further study can lead to the LLM or PhD degrees. The PhD is undertaken by research and the taught LLM programmes on offer include LLMs in Public Law; Law, Technology and Governance; International Human Rights Law; Peace Operations; International Criminal Law; and Disability Law.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Civil Law degree provides excellent preparation for work in a legal advisory capacity in the private or public sector. Most graduates undertake professional training and qualify as a solicitor or barrister.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

The Bachelor of Civil Law programme provides an opportunity in final year for a limited number of students to participate in a clinical placement. This involves placement in a suitable work situation for eight to ten hours per week over ten weeks.

Study Abroad

At the end of second year, interested students may opt to join the BCL International Programme, which involves spending third year at a university in mainland Europe. These students then return to complete their degree programme in fourth year. More information on these opportunities is on our International Study page.

Final year BCL students may apply for one of several fellowships to participate in prestigious summer placements in various locations in the United States, including Boston and Philadelphia. Previous placements have included working with a Massachusetts appellate judge, the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,817 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€3,593 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

The School of Law
T +353 91 492 752
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www.nuigalway.ie/law

What Our Students Say

Kate

Kate Ní Chonfhaola |   BCL

The course offers a broad range of subjects, many of which are optional, and so there is an opportunity to tailor your degree to match your career objectives. The course also caters for those who are unsure of their desired career and offers them the chance to dabble in the various aspects of law. I heard the differing views that my classmates had towards the law and in time, began to notice that my own set of values had formed unknown to me! That is a testament to the style of lecturing in this University, which encourages individual thinking.