The four-yearBCL (Clinical) degree is unique in Ireland in its combination of the core BCL law programme with a placement year in a legal professional working environment.
The placement experience reveals the relationship between law in theory and law in practice. It will develop your professional, organisational and interpersonal workplace skills, forming an integral part of your legal education and leading to a more rounded and comprehensive learning experience.
The BCL (Clinical) reflects UCC's commitment to innovative skills-based education.
The BCL (Clinical) degree offers you an exceptional opportunity to experience and be directly involved in how the law works in reality as part of your legal education.
This degree will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts of Irish and international Law, while also presenting you with a choice of specialised areas of legal study.
You will be required to take 60 credits in each academic year, combining compulsory modules with a wide variety of elective and specific skills modules.
Years 1, 2 and 4
These mirror that of the BCL degree, with the exception of additional elective modules available in BCL (Clinical) in Year 2 in preparation for the placement in Year 3.
The BCL (Clinical) placement in Year 3 will build on your interests. Placements are arranged in areas including:
- Commercial Law
- Corporate and Financial Services Law
- Consumer Law
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Immigration and Refugee Law
- Human Rights Law
- Welfare Law
- Medical Law
- Employment Law
- Environmental Law
Organisations involved include law firms, NGOs, regulatory bodies, inhouse legal departments in companies/corporations, non-profit organisations, semi-state bodies, policy bodies and so on.
The BCL (Clinical) degree is the pathway to a variety of exciting and rewarding careers both within the legal profession (further training required) and in a range of other areas such as journalism, the diplomatic service, international relations, human rights, banking, accounting, IT and academia.
Graduates of the BCL (Clinical) are highly sought-after by employers who recognise the value of a skills-based legal education and an understanding of how the law operates in reality.
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK305
Course Title: Law (Clinical)
College: Business and Law
Duration: 4 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BCL (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2016 Entry Requirements: HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from : Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
Entry Points: 525 in 2015. Points may vary from year to year.
Years 1, 2 and 4:The principal method of teaching is lectures. For some subjects, these are supplemented by tutorials in which you are organised into smaller groups for discussion of the subject matter covered in lectures.
Each module has two lecture hours per week, while tutorials consist of one hour on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Recommended reading, tutorial preparation and further study take place outside these hours.
Year 3: Two 12-week work placements on a full-time basis, during which you also complete academic project work based on your experiences and learning in the workplace.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules.
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
Clinical Education Coordinator and Director of the BCL (Clinical)
Faculty & Department of Law
T: 00 353 (0)21 490 3203