Law with Philosophy

Course Information

BCL (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN600
CAO Points Range 2019: 521
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 125

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, a third language and three other recognised subjects.

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Why is this course for me?

Legal systems express and reflect the prevailing moral, political, social and economic philosophy of the State. Law and philosophy are, therefore, complementary fields of study. An understanding of law is fundamentally enhanced by a deeper knowledge of philosophical theory. This course offers you a highly respected degree in law, combined with an enriched appreciation of its philosophical underpinnings.


All final year UCD Law students can apply for US externships in the federal courts and the federal defender’s office.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

BCL (Law with Philosophy) students can choose to study the modules necessary for legal professional recognition, which enables them to pursue legal careers as solicitors or barristers.

Graduates are also well suited to careers in:

  • Legal research (e.g. at the Law Reform Commission)
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Diplomatic service
  • Academia

Relevant graduate study programmes include LLM degrees in:

  • International Human Rights
  • European Law & Public Affairs.

What Will I Study

First & Second Year

First year focuses on core law modules, including:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Tort Law

In addition, you’re introduced to modern, moral and continental philosophy.

In second year, you will take modules in:

  • EU Law
  • Property Law
  • Criminal Law

At the same time, you’ll also take modules that engage with the ideas of Hume, Kant, Aristotle and Hegel.

Third & Fourth Year

With a wide choice of law and philosophy modules available, you can pursue particular areas of interest. The choice of modules includes:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Media Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Critical Theory
  • Medieval Philosophy

You may also be interested in taking modules offered by our Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC), such as Advocacy & Mooting, and Law, Ethics & Legal Practice.

You’ll attend lectures and tutorials, in addition to engaging in study and preparatory work.

Assessment includes end-of-semester examinations, essays and group projects.

Sample Law with Philosophy Timetable (.pdf)

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International Study Opportunities

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

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


“The degree programme of Law with Philosophy has allowed me to gain a strong understanding of the law on many levels. The breadth of subjects available in UCD means that knowledge of any area of law is always at my fingertips. In addition, through my philosophy studies, I have gained the skills necessary to consider and challenge the ethical, political and human aspects of the law and of life. This degree programme has allowed me to study law modules with philosophical elements and vice-versa. Both subjects have allowed me to hone my skills of critical thinking, ethical reasoning and problem solving. This course has enabled me to become proficient in research and writing.”

Louis Gribbin Bourke Student


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