BA in Legal Studies

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law

Course overview

Legal Studies is the umbrella term for the law subjects taken under the BA degree programme. The BA in Legal Studies programme gives students the opportunity to combine the study of law with the study of other Arts subjects. In First Arts, students take Legal Studies as one of their subjects and they take other subjects from the Arts group of subjects.

The average class size in first year is 120-130 students. In Second Arts, there is a limit of 100 on the number of students admitted to Legal Studies.Places are allocated on academic merit, based on the results in the First Arts examination in Legal Studies.

The BA in Legal Studies is a broad degree, which gives you a solid grounding in law while also providing you with a well-rounded degree. A wide variety of subjects are available to choose from. Furthermore, those who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister may proceed into the final year of the LLB programme in NUI Galway so that they can complete some additional core law subjects necessary to meet the entrance and examination requirements of the legal professional bodies.

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.

Duration: 3 years

Next start date: September 2015

Entry points(2014): 300

A Level Grades (2014): CCC (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 50

Course outline

Year One

  • Irish Legal System
  • Legal Skills
  • Key Issues in Irish Law

Plus other subjects from the Arts subject groupings

Year Two

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Tort
  • European Human Rights
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Law of the Sea
  • Legal Methods & Research

Plus one other subject from those chosen in first year

Year Three

  • European Community Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law

Plus the other subject chosen in second year (continued)

Find out more

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €5,822 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €2,598 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €12,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- 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.

Current Students

Laura Freyne

BA (Legal Studies)

"...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..."