Entry Points (2019)

Course Overview

The BA (Joint-Honours) in Law programme has a long and distinguished history at NUI Galway. This programme allows students the flexibility to combine the study of law with a range of complementary subjects. In first year, students take Law as one of their three subjects and they take two other subjects from the Arts group of subjects (see the Arts page for further details) such as Law with Sociology and Politics, with Languages, English or History.

The BA (Joint Honours) in Law programme gives students a solid grounding in law while also providing them with a well-rounded education. There is a wide variety of subjects to choose from. Furthermore, those who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister may proceed into the final year of the LLB programme. Upon graduation from the LLB programme students can pursue professional legal training as a solicitor (with the Law Society of Ireland) or as a barrister (with the King’s Inns).

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate, including: Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


3 yrs: BA, 4 yrs: BA international

Next start date

September 2020

A Level Grades (2019)

CCC (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake

200 in 1st Year, 100 in subsequent years

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




Course code

Course Outline

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Irish Legal System Constitutional Law Administrative Law
Law of Torts Contract Law Criminal Law
Legal Skills European Human Rights European Union Law
  Legal Methods & Research  
Plus two other subjects from the Arts subject groupings
Sociology of Law
 Plus the other subject chosen in second year
 Plus one other subject from those chosen in first year
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Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Not all law graduates choose to practice as solicitors or barristers. Many graduates decide to pursue careers outside legal practice. Law graduates acquire knowledge and skills through their programme that ensure that they are highly employable in many sectors.

BA (Joint-Honours) graduates may choose to work in the public sector (Government Departments, Local Government, the Law Reform Commission, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Courts Service, Office of the Attorney General, the Oireachtas etc).

Other graduates may opt for graduate training programmes or for careers in accountancy, banking, taxation, insurance, compliance or with institutions such as the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union or the European Court of Human Rights.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

At the end of second year, interested students may opt to spend their third year studying at a university in mainland Europe or other countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia or China. These students then return to complete their programme in Galway in their fourth year.

More information on these opportunities is on our International Study page.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2019/20

Fees: Non EU

€15,500 p.a. 2020/21

EU Fees 2019/20:
- 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

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 91 493954
F 353 91 495508
E collegearts@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Laura Freyne |   BA (Joint-Honours) in Law

...I initially chose to study Law at NUI Galway because its Arts course gave me a chance to experience a broad range of subjects and take on to degree level the ones that most interested me. I had also heard that college life in Galway is second to none; to this I can testify! Throughout my college life here, I have been an avid member and promoter of many clubs and societies and even became the Auditor of one in my final year. There are over 80 societies in NUI Galway so there is something for everyone! Today, I have a BA International Degree in Legal Science and French, which included an Erasmus year in Poitiers France, and also have completed the one year postgraduate LLB degree...


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