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BCL (Hons) in Law and Irish University College Cork




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This course is the only one of its kind in Ireland. The BCL (Law and Irish) degree will introduce you to a variety of diverse and stimulating topics combining the best aspects of a law degree together with study of the Irish language, literature, culture and institutions. It will also develop your analytical and interpretative skills.

Given the role of the modern law degree, the BCL (Law and Irish) places a growing emphasis on developing not just your knowledge but also your skills base. You are required to take 60 credits in each academic year, combining compulsory and elective modules in law and Irish, and including a skills module.

You will also have the opportunity to study some law modules through the medium of Irish.

Skills and Careers Information

As a joint honours degree, the BCL (Law and Irish) equips graduates for a wide range of careers.

The traditional route for a law graduate is to undertake professional training and qualify as a solicitor or barrister and this course prepares students for entry to these professions. Other options are available to law graduates, including careers in banking, accounting, taxation, insurance, IT, teaching, journalism and the media, which may require further academic and/or professional training.

BCL (Law and Irish) students also develop a strong foundation in legal research and writing, advocacy and legal reasoning. These are transferable skills which are attractive to employers in a wide variety of professions and industries.

You can graduate with a broad-ranging general degree or can opt to tailor your subject choices to specialise in areas such as international law, business law, human rights law, the Irish language etc.

You will also have key Irish-language skills, making you particularly well suited to working in the European Union institutions.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BCL (Hons) in Law and Irish.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

€15,000.00 (11,82,657) per year




University College Cork

College Road,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. 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.

IELTS: 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 90: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

CPE Cambridge Proficiency: 176 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE Academic: 63 Minimum individual sections 51

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