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Law and political science

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    What is Law and Political Science?

    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.

    Is this the right course for you?

    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.

    Why study Law and Political Science at Trinity?

    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. See also TR004: Law

    What will you study?

    As a student on this programme, you will take both subjects equally for the first three years. In your fourth year you will have the option to concentrate exclusively on either subject, or continue with both. Teaching is by lectures and supplemented by seminars and tutorials (small group classes). Emphasis is on student contribution, particularly in seminars and tutorials. In the third and fourth year you will have the opportunity to choose from an extensive range of Law and Political Science modules. Innovative teaching and assessment methods are used throughout your four years, comprising amongst many, formal examinations, essays, case notes, mooting, web-based assessment, blog contributions and a clinical legal placement module.


    Law: Foundations of Law; Contract; and Torts Law.

    Political Science: Introduction to Political Science; Introduction to Economic Policy and Introduction to Sociology.


    Law: Criminal Law; Constitutional Law I and Land Law.

    Political Science: History of Political Thought; Comparative Politics and International Relations. In place of a Political Science module, students may take two Broad Curriculum modules (see ).


    Third year students take an equal number of modules (or credits) from both Law and Political Science. In the fourth and final year students may choose to concentrate on one subject or continue with both. The following modules are typically on offer in these years:

    Law: EU Law (compulsory in the Junior Sophister year); Advanced European Union Law; Advanced Evidence; Advocacy; Child Law; Clinical Legal Education, Collective Labour Law; Commercial Law; Company Law; Comparative Law; Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law; Corporate Governance; Corporate Insolvency Law; Criminology; Critical Perspectives on Law; Current Issues in the Legal Profession; Economic and Legal Aspects of Competition Policy; Employment Law; English Land Law; Environmental Law; Equality Law, European Human Rights; Evidence; Family Law; Food Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Family Law; International Human Rights Law; International Trade Law; Jurisprudence; Legal Philosophy; Media Law; Medical Law and Ethics; Penology; Private Law Theory: Obligations; Public Interest Law; Public International Law; Refugee and Immigration Law; Restitution; Tax Law; Transnational Contract Law; Research Dissertation, Sport and the Law and Broad Curriculum modules (see

    Political Science: Research methods; Irish Politics; Democracy and Development; European Union Politics; Research seminar; Political Parties; Contemporary International Relations; Topics in Political Science; African Politics and Chinese Politics.

    If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, see: and:

    Study abroad

    In place of your third year in Trinity, you may apply to study 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:


    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.

    Law degrees and professional qualifications

    See TR004: Law

    Further information

    Visit the Law School: If you are considering studying for the Law and Political Science degree at Trinity but want to be sure, you are most welcome to sit in on a first year lecture. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact us by email to arrange a visit.

    Law Open Day: see | Email: | Tel: +353 1 896 1125 / 1278 |

    Tel: +353 1 896 1651 |

    Student Profile

    Louise Mulrennan

    It is very difficult to sum up what I love most about Trinity – from the beautiful historic surroundings and inner city location, to the bright and diverse people I meet every day, to the wide range of societies and clubs anyone can join and indeed, the Broad Curriculum in the Law and Political Science degree, University life never stops moving!

    The subject matter, hours and high quality teaching ensure that lectures are relatable, stimulating and accessible for all. It is a course which attracts bright, articulate and diverse people year in year out. The small group size naturally creates a solid foundation for friendships that I know will last well beyond the walls of Trinity.