Law and Political Science
This four-year joint degree (TR020) had its first intake of students in October 2009, with the first cohort graduating in summer 2013. It aims to give students a firm grounding in the disciplines of political science and law and to develop a critical understanding of both Irish law and of the political framework in which the law operates. There are many areas of overlapping interest between the two disciplines, such as, for example, the interconnectedness between political theory and jurisprudence, the role and power of constitutions and judges, and the interdisciplinarity of human rights and international law. In JF year students take introductory Law modules while on the Politics side they are given a grounding in the social sciences as a whole, taking modules in Economics and Sociology. The Sophister years enable students to take a wide variety of options. In order to obtain an adequate grounding in each discipline, students are required to complete certain mandatory modules.
In addition, the course organisers structure the course, insofar as is practicable, in a manner that allows students to meet entry requirements for professional training bodies and to undertake entrance exams to those bodies, in order to facilitate entry to the solicitors' and barristers' professions. Given the rapidly changing entry requirements of some of these bodies, however, a guaranteed commitment cannot be given in this respect. Law and Politics is an exciting combination of subjects and places on the programme are in very high demand.
To learn more about what the study of political science entails, you might find our undergraduate page helpful.
Students follow the two subjects equally for the first three years, while in the final year they may follow any combination of the two subjects. In second year there is the option of replacing one Political Science module by broad curriculum or language modules, while there is the opportunity to spend the third year on exchange at a university outside Ireland.
Whether candidates' 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 is an ideal platform for attaining those goals. The possibilities are boundless – our alumni pages give an indication of some of the careers followed by Political Science graduates.
In 2016, the quota (number of students to be admitted to the programme) was 20 and the minimum number of CAO points needed to gain entry to the programme was 575. More information on applying for entry to this programme is available from the Admissions Office.