What will I learn?

Why is this course for me?

The BCL with Social Justice programme, the first of its kind in Ireland, combines the study of Law with the study of social exclusion, its causes and remedies. It will appeal to students who are interested in issues of equality, diversity and disadvantage, and who want to look in-depth at the social context in which law operates. On completion, you’ll be uniquely equipped to offer a critical perspective on issues such as the adequacy of our criminal justice system, the legal treatment of women and minority groups, and the underlying causes of social and economic injustice.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on core Irish law modules, including:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law

It combines this focus with an introduction to normative theory on human rights, inequality and global justice.

In second year, you’ll study:

  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

At the same time, you’ll also take modules to develop your understanding of gender theory and social justice movements.

Third & Fourth Year

With a wide choice of law and social justice modules, you can tailor your studies by choosing modules that reflect your areas of interest. Modules include:

  • Criminological Theory
  • Environmental Law
  • Public International Law
  • Employment Law
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Family & Child Law
  • Childhood Inequalities

International Study Opportunities

Many students apply to spend time abroad during their third year at partner universities in:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • UK
  • USA

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

This degree will provide an ideal platform for careers in:

  • National and international NGOs as legal advisors or researchers
  • Public policy

Relevant graduate study programmes include:

  • International Human Rights
  • Criminology
  • Equality Studies

Which department am I in?

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
€19,200.00 (US$ 21,178) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2020

Venue

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Room D104, Newman,

BELFIELD,

Dublin,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

UCD requires Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire + 1 year at a recognised university (Diplôme de … (plus professional field); Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures; Diplôme d'Ingénieur/d'Architecte d'Etat or Licence). UCD recognise the appropriate minimum score in the following recognised English Language Examinations: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by Princeton University: A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based based TOEFL (iBT).

For international students

There are minimum entry requirements that all applicants, applying based on school leaving results, must meet.

Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognized subjects

English language requirements: IELTS - An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version; A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475 +. In the computer based TOEFL, a minimum score of 250 is required. A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (IBT).

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About this uni

Famous for teaching and research excellence, and true global reach, UCD is the destination of choice for over 8000 international students.

  • Main campus in Belfield, 4km from Dublin city centre
  • 185th best university in the world
  • Globally recognised for excellent teaching and learning
  • Scholarships available for international students