BCL (Hons) (Law Pathways) - CK301


NFQ Level 8, Major Award

Law (Pathways) offers programmes leading to the award of the following Honours Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL (Hons)) degrees:

First Year - BCL (Law (Pathways))

First Year consists of core modules to the value of 50 credits and elective modules to the value of 10 credits. In order to be admitted to the First University Examination in Law, a student must have satisfactorily attended prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits.


At the end of First Year, Law (Pathways) students can choose between three pathways:

  • to graduate in three years with a BCL (Hons), a comprehensive law degree that ensures a critical understanding of the fundamentals of the law, together with exposure to interesting elective areas of legal study.
  • to move to the BCL (Hons) (Clinical), a four-year programme, which incorporates a unique opportunity to work within the legal system and facilitates students' development of professional, organisational and interpersonal workplace skills. Transfer to the BCL (Hons) (Clinical) is dependent on students achieving at least Second Class Honours Grade Two in their First Year Examinations and is subject to a competitive process which will include an interview.
  • to switch to the BCL (Hons) (International), an exciting and dynamic four-year degree where students have the opportunity to study at a law school outside of Ireland. Places on the BCL (Hons) (International) are automatically available to students achieving at least Second Class Honours Grade Two in their First Year Examinations; otherwise it is subject to interview and the availability of places.

Workload Guideline

Where a programme contains elective modules it is recommended that students do not take any more than 40 credits in any semester. Students are therefore advised to choose their modules so that the workload is evenly spread throughout the year.

Programme Requirements

For information about modules, module choice, options and credit weightings, please go to Programme Requirements