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The Law (BCL) programme is a four-year degree, offering a rich curriculum of core and optional legal subjects. Students can focus their studies on the law to maximise their understanding of the legal process and tailor this degree to particular areas of law that interest them. Throughout the programme there is an emphasis on acquiring the fundamental practical skills required of lawyers – legal research, writing, oral presentation and advocacy. It has an average intake of around 50 students.
Law (BCL) and Human Rights
The Law and Human Rights programme is a four-year degree, offering a unique degree offering in Ireland that gives students the opportunity to combine the study of a full undergraduate law programme with the study of human rights. Students will supplement their legal knowledge with a detailed grounding in the theory and practice of human rights. Students will have access to world leading researchers, writers and lecturers in human rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. It has an average intake of around 20 students.
Law and Business
The Law and Business programme is a four-year degree where students will study law modules as well as the principal commercial disciplines (accountancy, economics, management and digital business & analytics) or a language. Graduates will understand not only the legal process but also the fundamentals of business. This will prepare graduates to work as lawyers in a corporate environment.The programme is run in cooperation with the School of Business & Economics, and it has an average intake of around 50 students.
Law (BCL), Criminology and Criminal Justice ** New in 2020 **
The Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice programme is a four-year degree, offering a unique law degree programme for students with an interest in crime and criminology. Students have the opportunity to combine the study of a full undergraduate law degree with specially developed modules in criminology, criminal justice and human rights. Students will have access to world-class academics that specialise in the fields of criminal law, criminal justice, criminology and international criminal law, and from the expertise of academics in the School of Psychology. It is expected to have an average intake of around 20 students.
Law and Taxation ** New in 2020 **
This distinctive degree allows students to combine the study of a full undergraduate law degree with taxation. Students also have the opportunity to explore related subjects such as Business and Commercial Law, Accountancy, Economics, Digital Business and Management. Students will have completed all the modules required to support them to undertake the entrance exams for the Law Society of Ireland, should they wish to qualify as a solicitor. It is expected to have an average intake of around 20 students.
The BA (Law) programme gives students the opportunity to study law in a broader humanities context. In first year, students take Law as one of their three subjects along with two other subjects from a large range of disciplines on offer in the College of Arts. The average class size in First year is 200. In Second Arts, there is a limit of 100 on the number of students admitted to Law. Places are allocated on academic merit, based on the results in the First Arts examination in Law. Graduates of this programme will be admitted directly to the final year of the LLB programme to round out their legal studies.
Applications to the our undergraduate programmes should be made through the CAO system. Please note that applications are free for non-EU applicants. For more information, please visit their course pages:
- Law (BCL)
- Law and Business
- Law and Human Rights
- Law and Taxation
- Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice
- BA (Law)
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Applicants must hold the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, which should include at least five subjects
- Applicants must have attained the following minimum Levels in the core subjects: Level 5 in English Language, Level 4 in Liberal Studies, Level 3 in Mathematics, and Level 3 in Chinese
- Applicants must have attained at least a Level 3 in any elective subjects taken
Transferability to Hong Kong
Most lawyers in Hong Kong will qualify through passing the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL). To sit the PCLL examination, candidates must:
- hold a law degree from Hong Kong or from a common law jurisdiction,
- demonstrate competence in 11 core subjects
- demonstrate competence in 3 Hong Kong-based subjects.
Graduates from the School of Law at NUI Galway will hold a degree from a common law jurisdiction, and will have the opportunity to study 9 of the 11 core subjects. Graduates will have to sit Conversion Examinations in the other 2 core subjects and the 3 Hong Kong-based subjects.
For more information, see New Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, effective from 2008, available at http://www.pcea.com.hk/newrequirement.pdf.