Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Law

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Accounting and Law

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

The accounting and legal professions are increasingly involved in multidisciplinary practices. Accountants need an understanding of the law, while commercial lawyers often operate in accounting and financial environments. The integration of key roles within these functional areas requires the interdisciplinary knowledge and related skills that was previously the domain of two distinct professions.

This four-year honours degree programme reflects these workplace developments and will provide you with an in-depth critical understanding of the complementary areas of accounting and law. You will gain a thorough grounding in the fundamental theories, concepts, principles and practices essential to the pursuit of a fulfilling and rewarding career in the area of accounting and/or the legal profession. Furthermore, the degree also offers the opportunity of pursuing a career in the wider range of business fields.

To become a Solicitor in Ireland additional professional training is required at the Law Society of Ireland. A student with a degree can obtain entry to the Law Society
of Ireland once they have completed the Final Examination- Part 1 (FE-1s). The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and Law includes the core modules which are examined in the FE-1s.

What will I experience?

The BA (Hons) in Accounting and Law will provide you with the knowledge and skills which will enable you to evaluate a complex and changing business environment. It will also develop the appropriate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental and advanced concepts, principles, methods, and techniques of accounting, auditing, taxation and legal regulation. Furthermore, it equips students with the knowledge of the concepts and applications of law in modern business and accounting practices.

The degree will enhance students’ effective communication skills, in both a business and a legal context, and will develop further knowledge and skills in computing theory and applications.

*indicates estimated points (the first offering of this programme will be in September 2017)

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course provides a range of skills and knowledge in the key domains of accounting and law. Graduates will have cross-disciplinary knowledge that will enable them to function at a high level in roles that require a knowledge of both the legal and financial professions.

In addition, this programme opens up opportunities such as professional or postgraduate studies and Level 9 Masters courses. (E.g. eligibility for the Master of Arts in Accounting programme at AIT).

Additional Information

Graduates who hold the BA (Hons) in Accounting and Law will have covered the syllabus required for the FE-1 examinations set by the Law Society of Ireland.

In addition, graduates will be able to apply for exemption for a number of ACCA modules.

Assessment Information

Assessments in this programme consist of continuous assessments, projects, group work, presentations and end of semester exams. All assessments are aligned with the relevant accounting (ACCA) and legal (The Law Society of Ireland) professional organisations.

Course Details

Course Fees:
Course Duration:
4 Years
Course Commencement Date:

September 2017

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Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Accounting & Business Computing, Department of Business & Management
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade O6 at ordinary level in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

QQI (FETAC) QQI applicants to this programme must hold one of the following awards: Business Administration (5M2468), Business Studies (5M2102). They must also hold distinctions in 3 modules.




Law Society of Ireland


Course Structure

Year 1

Learning and Development for Higher Education, Contract Law I, The Irish Legal System I, Tort Law I, Financial Accounting 1A, Management Accounting 1A, The Irish Legal System II, Contract Law II, Tort Law II, Legal Skills I, Management Accounting 1B, IT & Computer Applications.

Year 2

European Union Law I, Constitutional Law I, Legal Skills II, Financial Management 1, Information Systems, European Union Law II, Revenue Law I, Financial Accounting 1B, Management Accounting 2.

Year 3

Company Law I, Criminal Law I, Employment Law, Legal Skills III, Management Accounting 3, Company Law II, Criminal Law II, Taxation 2, Financial Accounting 2.

Year 4

Land Law I, Equity Law I, Financial Management 2, Corporate Reporting, Land Law II, Equity Law II, Strategic Management, Audit and Systems Review.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

This programme will provide graduates with key skills in the areas of law and accounting, enabling them to work in areas such as the legal or financial services.

Possible opportunities include:

  • trainee accountant
  • trainee solicitor
  • Solicitor
  • Legal Advisor
  • Legal Research
  • Compliance Officer
  • Company Secretary
  • Tax Advisor
  • Insurance Claims
  • Banking
  • Funds Analyst

Further Study

​Master of Arts in Accounting

Master of Arts in Accounting

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