Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Law
CAO Course Code
Why take this course?
*New CAO course for 2023*
Few traditional law degrees offer students the opportunity to learn law as well as how to run a legal business. Our lecturing staff have experience of this which allows them to actually apply theory in real-life contexts, such as real-life legal clinics, work placements and mock court cases. Interpersonal skills are almost as important as qualification in predicting success in the modern business world. This course will develop these skills to a high level, in addition to practical business management and legal skills like advocacy and legal research. Traditional core subjects are complemented by the opportunity to take advanced classes in a range of electives that reflect the challenges faced in the modern world, like legal technology, climate change, white collar crime and human rights law. Students will also have the opportunity to learn core business skills like entrepreneurship and management.
Students will benefit from a one semester work placement which will help them to develop their practical skills and contacts. They will get to participate in the vibrant extra-curricular law related societies such as Debating and the Law Society. They will have the opportunity to participate in competitions against students in other colleges through Mooting activities that take place both in the modules and extra-curricular.
Lecturers on the course have professional qualifications as solicitors and barristers and give the students the benefit of their practice experience, as well as practical knowledge around how to navigate the professions.
This course has the added benefit of having significant commonality with the first and second years of the Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business and Law. This will enable students to transfer to Business and Law if they find that they prefer the business elements of the course after year one or year two.
What will I experience?
This unique degree aims to prepare students for the modern world of work and legal practice. It offers students the opportunity to apply traditional law subjects in modern contexts, taking teaching law out of the textbooks and in to real life, developing lawyering skills by practicing them in real and hypothetical legal environments. Core law subjects such as contract law, constitutional law and criminal law are taught through practical contexts and are combined with the study of new developments in legal practice like legal technology and computing. The course crosses over with Business and Law in the first two years, in order to ensure that students gain the skills needed to run a business, whether this is a legal practice or an entrepreneurial start up. Students will develop research, reasoning and people skills to a high level and gain a qualification that is future proofed for the modern world of work in a variety of settings and grounded in commercial reality. Work placement offers a chance to test these skills in the real world.
What opportunities might it lead to?
This qualification equips students with skills like advocacy, legal research, reasoning, problem solving, business management and client handling. These will enable successful graduates to succeed in running their own businesses or hold management positions in start-ups or established companies. You will have covered the core law subjects and skills necessary to prepare for a career as a solicitor or barrister. In order to progress to the solicitor’s profession, students will need to sit exams for entry to the professional training course in the Law Society of Ireland.
A law degree is very desirable to employers across a range of fields and roles such as insurance, compliance, corporate governance, human resources, government and policy making, technology, dispute resolution and commerce. Every medium to large sized company has a legal department as law affects almost every aspect of life and business.
Students are also equipped for a research or academic career. You can progress to further postgraduate study (usually on attainment of a minimum level), such as masters degrees in a range of disciplines; e.g. Master of Business in TUS Athlone Campus or PhD study. ADR professional or Chartered Company Secretary, or the entrepreneurial skills and commercial awareness required for their own or other start-ups across a range of areas.
- Course Duration:
- 4 Year
- CAO Course Code:
- Course Award:
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
- Course NFQ Level:
- Level 8
- Dept of Business & Management
- Minimum Entry Requirements:
Grade H5 in two subjects in the Leaving Certificate plus Grade O6 or H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).
QQI: QQI applicants to this programme must have achieved a level 5 QQI award which includes Distinction in three modules.