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    Course overview

    This joint degree aims to give students a firm grounding in the disciplines of law and business and to develop a critical understanding of both the legal framework of business activity and the economic and commercial context in which law operates. Students will have the opportunity to focus upon the many areas of overlapping interest between the two disciplines; for example, the structure of companies and other forms of business organisation, competition law and regulation of markets, consumer law, labour law, finance and financial markets, taxation, the protection of intellectual property and international perspectives on law and business.

    Is this the right course for you?

    Historically, the disciplines of business and law have been closely associated in both the public and private sector. In our global economy, businesses now deal with more complex issues concerning government regulations and international trade policies. Conversely, the law has had to grapple with constantly evolving commercial organisations and business practices. With the growth in the size of legal practices and the expansion of the work of the legal profession into areas of mergers, acquisitions and taxation, the work of legal graduates and business graduates have blended in many aspects. This course is aimed at individuals seeking a career defined by the application of legal principles and management practices. The programme will provide students with a firm grounding in law along with strong management skills, enabling students to choose from a wide range of career opportunities or further study.

    Course content

    In the Junior Freshman (first) year students take six modules, each equal to 10 ECTS credits. Students take three mandatory law modules: The Irish legal system (including legal skills), Law of contract, and Law of tort. Students take two mandatory business modules: Introduction to organisation and management, and Introduction to economic policy. In addition, students can choose between Mathematics and statistics, or a language module (French, German, Russian, or Polish).

    In the Senior Freshman (second) year students take six modules. The three mandatory law modules are: Criminal law, Constitutional law I and Land law. The six mandatory business modules are the core business discipline modules: Organisational behaviour, Marketing management, Introduction to accounting, Creative thinking, Innovation and entrepreneurial action, Introduction to finance, Introduction to operations management.

    In the Junior Sophister (third) year students take a combination of modules, of which 1/3 must be from the Business School and 1/3 from the Law School. One of the law modules must be European Union law. The remaining business modules may be drawn from a list of optional modules as follows:

    Human resource management; Financial and management accounting; Marketing management; Applied finance; Organisational theory; Business in society, Innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture development; Management accounting for business decisions; and Services and information management.

    The Law modules may be drawn from a list of optional modules as follows:

    Administrative law, Advanced evidence, Child law, Collective labour law, Commercial law, Company law, Comparative law, Conflict of laws (private international law), Constitutional law II, Contemporary issues in constitutional law, Corporate governance, Criminology, Current issues in constitutional law; Current issues in the legal profession, English land law, Environmental law, Equity, Evidence, Family law, Economic and legal aspects of competition policy, Employment law, European human rights law, Food law, Intellectual property law, International human rights law, International trade law, Jurisprudence, Legislation and regulation, Media law; Medical law and ethics, Private law remedies, Public interest law, Public international law, Refugee law, Sports law, Tax law, Transnational contract law, and Broad Curriculum (see http://www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum).

    In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year students may choose from a range of module options and may choose to either combine business and law modules in this year, or alternatively, to specialise entirely in either law or business modules. Module options include:

    Business:

    International business and the global economy; Exploring new product development; Financial reporting and analysis; Advances in marketing theory and practice; Managing new product development; Entrepreneurship and social innovation and Economic policy and Business history.

    Law:

    Administrative law; Advanced European Union law; Advanced evidence; Child law; Clinical legal education; Collective labour law; Commercial law; Company law; Comparative law; Conflict of laws (private international law); Constitutional law II; Contemporary issues in constitutional law; Corporate governance; Criminology; Critical perspectives on law; Current issues in constitutional law; Current issues in the legal profession; Equity; Evidence; Family law; Economic and legal aspects of competition policy; Employment law; English land law; European human rights law; Food law; Intellectual property law; International human rights law; International trade law; Jurisprudence; Legal philosophy, Legislation and regulation; Media law; Medical law and legal ethics; Private law remedies; Public interest law; Public International law; Refugee law; Research dissertation; Sports law, Tax law; Transnational contract law; Broad Curriculum (see http://www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum).

    Assessment

    Modules are examined by a combination of continuous assessment and formal examination.

    Languages and Study abroad

    First and second-year students have the option to study French, German, Russian or Polish. Students who have the prerequisite language proficiency will have the opportunity to study abroad in their third year as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. This will mean spending all or part of the Junior Sophister (third) year abroad at a university in Europe. Law and business students also have the opportunity of applying to take part in English-speaking international exchange programmes in Europe, North America, Australia and Singapore.

    Career opportunities

    The programme will provide students with strong management skills and an in-depth specialisation in law. Graduates will be well prepared for demanding and rewarding careers in both the legal and business professions, particularly in areas where the two disciplines coincide. We expect graduates to accept positions in law, business, taxation, finance and accounting, general management, employment relations and the civil service. In particular, students will have the option of studying all the law subjects required for a qualifying law degree, which will enable them to apply for entrance to the professional legal institutions to qualify as barristers and solicitors. The post-degree training for barristers and solicitors varies from time to time, and current details can be found on the following websites: http://lawlibrary.ie (barristers) and www.lawsociety.ie (solicitors).

    Law degrees and professional qualifications

    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 specific modules in your primary law degree. These modules are taught as compulsory modules during the Freshman years and/or as optional Sophister modules. The School of Law's five undergraduate law degree programmes enables students the opportunity to study all modules required by the Irish and English professional bodies.

    Students contemplating a career as a barrister will need to continue their studies with the Honorable Society of the King's Inns. To qualify as a barrister, law graduates must complete the one-year degree course with the King's Inns before 'devilling' with a qualified barrister for a year. Further information on becoming a barrister is available from www.kingsinns.ie

    Prospective solicitors must undertake the professional training programme for solicitors delivered by the Law Society of Ireland (www.lawsociety.ie).

    Separate requirements apply in Northern Ireland. Prospective barristers should consult the Under Treasurer, The Inns Court of Northern Ireland (www.barlibrary.com), while prospective solicitors should consult the Secretary, the Incorporated Law Society of Northern Ireland (www.lawsoc-ni.org).

    In view of rapid changes relating to the rules of entry into professional study, all students are advised to maintain regular contact with the relevant professional bodies so that they are aware of any new requirements coming on-stream.

    Why choose the Trinity College School of Business?

    When you decide on a career in business you need to ensure that you have the best preparation to succeed. This includes the quality of your education to enable you to perform to the highest standards. It also includes having a globally recognised qualification that provides you with first class education and a network of global contacts to open the business world to you on your graduation. Thus, you need to align yourself with one of the world’s best and most widely recognised universities. The Trinity College School of Business is ranked 1st in Ireland (Eduniversal Rankings, 2012), 11th in Europe (Financial Times Business School Rankings, 2011), and 35th in the World (Eduniversal Rankings, 2012).

    We have a host of top international professors and leading business people who engage with the students, challenge them and guide them into top roles in the global business world. Past Trinity College School of Business students are now leaders in the world of business, government, entertainment, technology, innovation and non-profit businesses, both in Ireland and internationally. So by joining the Trinity College School of Business you give yourself a wonderful education in one of the top universities in the world; you give yourself the opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading experts in business; and you leave with a core knowledge of the real world through case studies, company projects and an international dimension through our study aboard programme.

    Why study Law at Trinity?

    Trinity College Dublin’s School of Law, is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally renowned law school. The school is one of the world's top 100 universities for law (QS World University Rankings 2013).

    By national and international comparisons we are small in size but attract students of the highest calibre from Ireland and abroad. Our small size and dedication to small-group teaching fosters a friendly and vibrant relationship between staff and students, one inspired by mutual respect and co-operation.

    Trinity College Dublin's four-year law degrees offer an unrivalled number of optional modules in the final two years of study. Final year students have the option of taking a clinical legal education module, which involves placement of students in a variety of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Under the supervision of experienced professionals, students will gain first-hand experience of legal practice, observing, assisting and, where appropriate, participating in the organisations’ work. This gives students an opportunity to apply and develop their legal skills and knowledge in a practical way and to learn from this experience. Our modules in the final two years afford students the opportunity to specialise and gain a competitive advantage over graduates from many other universities. Students reading any of our undergraduate law degree programmes, will also have available to them all of the modules required for entry to the Irish and UK professional bodies.

    The School is home to one of Ireland's leading legal periodicals, the Dublin University Law Journal, and the Trinity College Law Review. The latter is published by the student members of the College’s Law Society and now enjoys international dissemination on HeinOnline.

    The School is recognised for providing a liberal environment where independent thinking, the promotion of the ideals of social inclusion and equality is strongly encouraged. We educate people to be the leaders of the legal profession, public service and society.

    Our five honors degrees in law provide students with a challenging and rewarding legal education but also instill more general skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Trinity College Dublin’s LL.B. degrees prepare students not only for life as lawyers, but also enable them to enter many career fields such as business, journalism, financial services, politics, foreign affairs and diplomacy and public services. The skills learned through studying law in Trinity College Dublin are useful in all walks of life.

    Visit the Law School

    • If you are considering studying for a Law degree at Trinity College but want to be sure, you are most welcome to attend lectures. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, to come in and discuss your options with a member of staff, or to visit the Law School we would be happy to meet you. Please contact us by e-mail (see below) to arrange a visit.
    • Law open day, see www.tcd.ie/study/eu/undergraduate/events

    Further information

    www.tcd.ie/business and www.tcd.ie/law

    Tel: +353 1 896 1840 or +353 1 896 1125 / 1278

    E-mail: law.school@tcd.ie law.school@tcd.ie

    Specific Entry Requirements

    Leaving CertificateOC3/HD3 Mathematics
    GCSEGrade B Mathematics
    Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

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