|Degree:||Bachelor of Laws (LLB)|
The two disciplines of law and political science are intrinsically linked and directly impact every aspect of our daily lives. The role and power of the constitution and judiciary, human rights and international law, the impact of the EU and Irish law are best understood when both subjects are considered. This course provides the opportunity to learn about law and political science and better understand their relation to each other.
If your career or intellectual interests in politics and public service would be strengthened by a knowledge of the law or you are interested in pursuing a legal career and want your study of law to be informed by a wider political understanding, then Law and Political Science may be the course for you. During the four years of studies, students will also have the opportunity to study all of the core subjects required by the legal professional bodies.
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Both the Department of Political Science and the Law School place great emphasis on innovative thinking and independent thought. We offer a wide-range of research-led modules in the final two years of the programme thus affording you the opportunity to focus on your developing area of interest. Both the Political Science and Law areas are small in size, compared to other universities; however, this fosters a supportive and close relationship with the student body and a number of student societies and publications, notably the Law Society, Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), Trinity Law Review, the Eagle Gazette, the Hist and the Phil.
The pathways available are Single Honors, Major with Minor and Joint Honors. Click here for further information.
Whether students’ career goals lie in public leadership, the legal profession, the media, the civil service, academia, public relations, anything in business that requires knowing how government works, positions in international organisations such as the EU or a not-for-profit organisation, law enforcement, private practice, or elsewhere, the degree in Law and Political Science will be ideally suited as a platform for attaining those goals.
No law degree entitles a person to practise law as a solicitor or barrister. If you wish to go on to obtain a professional qualification, the governing bodies for the profession require that you study certain modules in your primary law degree. Each of our five undergraduate degree programmes guarantees you that will have the opportunity to take these modules. Students reading for a joint honors law programme, who would like to go into professional legal practice after their degree, will need to ensure they pursue the professional pathway (i.e. taking law as a major subject) from the second year of studies onwards (see below). Our programmes also offer additional modules currently required for entry into the UK professional bodies.
All students considering a career as a lawyer should consult the relevant professional body of their preferred jurisdiction to ensure they satisfy all entry requirements.
As a student on this programme, you will take both subjects equally in the first year. Thereafter, you can decide to concentrate more on Law or Political Science. You will study foundational law and political science modules. In the final year, you will complete a substantial piece of independent research, the Capstone project, helping you to hone your research, teamwork and presentation skills.
At the end of the first year of your programme, you will have several options in relation to the direction and pathway you would like your degree to take and the award you would like to pursue. You can choose to major in law (we refer to this as the ‘professional pathway’ – leading to the degree of LL.B. (Pol. Sci.)) or you can major in political science (resulting in a B.A. degree). You may of course choose to continue studying both subjects equally (B.A. Law and Political Science) or move into single honors law (LL.B.). Students considering a career in the legal profession after their degree will have the opportunity to take all the required modules if they choose the ‘professional pathway’. Nevertheless, there will still be ample opportunity to continue with your studies in political science. In your final year, depending on the pathway that you take, you will have the opportunity to focus on developing areas of interest in law and/or business choosing from a wide range of modules on offer by both School.
If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, see: www.tcd.ie/law/programmes/undergraduate/modules and www.tcd.ie/political_science/undergraduate/module-outlines
In the third year of studies, you may choose to apply to spend one semester or the entire year abroad on either the Erasmus programme or with a partner university with which we have an exchange programme. Our exchange programmes are hugely popular and are academically and culturally rewarding. Law and Political Science students can currently apply to spend their year in universities in Helsinki, Paris, Strasbourg, Bologna, Berlin, Tübingen, Mainz, Singapore, Canberra and Queensland. Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/law/programmes/undergraduate/year-abroad
If you are considering studying for a Law degree at Trinity but want to be sure, you are most welcome to attend first and/or second year Law lectures. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact us by email to arrange a visit.
Law Open Day: See www.tcd.ie/law