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Studying Law in Ireland

Irish law degrees are recognized internationally. The legal systems in Ireland, Canada and the United States are based on English Common Law and therefore, the basic education is very similar. UCC’s LLB Degree prepares you to practice law in Canada and the United States and allows you to apply for registration to practice law. Upon completion of the degree program Canadian graduates undertake the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) process. NCA assess the legal education and credentials of law graduates trained outside Canada. Information on the evaluation pocess is available on the NCA website. Graduates from the United States are assessed by the American Bar Association.

For more details on the licensing process in Canada and the United States please visit the Help & Guidance section of our website.

About the School

UCC School of Law is a globally recognised law school, ranked in the top 100 in the QS Rankings. UCC also ranks in the top 50 universities in Europe for teaching and learning in the Times Higher Education Teaching rankings, 2019. Since March 2021, the School of Law is a proud holder of an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality. Founded in 1849, we provide a wide range of high-quality programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, cutting-edge research, and benefit to our local, national and international communities by Shaping a Just Society.

Entry Requirements for LLB

You must have completed your undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7/4.0 (approximately 65%) or above. Candidates will also be required to submit a personal statement, resume, two confidential letters of reference and of course a complete set of official transcripts.

Program

The Graduate Entry LLB offers an opportunity to pivot towards a career in law. UCC’s 2-year LLB places an emphasis on developing not just legal knowledge but also your skills base. You will be required to take a full time course load which will include a combination of compulsory and elective modules and a skills module.

While we recognise our primary responsibility is to provide legal knowledge, we also aim to ensure that you develop advocacy skills, experience teamwork and gain expertise in legal research, as well as gain a range of transferable skills.

You will take core modules which are the foundation topics required for professional bar exams:

  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • EU Law

In addition, you will also have the option to study subjects such as:

  • Human Rights Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Corporate and Financial Services Law
  • Commercial Law

Visit the School of Law page for more information on our school.

See the College Calendar and Book of Modules for a more detailed description of course content and modules.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

Practicing in Canada

Graduate qualifications from an Irish law school are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) evaluates the credentials of foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree, who wish to be admitted as a lawyer in Canada. Guidelines on the evaluation of legal credentials for accreditation for foreign-trained lawyers are available on the National Committee on Accreditation website.

For more details, please visit our Practicing Law in Canada page, and see our FAQs.

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