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    What is Law?

    Law is an exciting, dynamic discipline, which is constantly evolving and reacting to social change. It governs every aspect of our lives, from food labelling and football transfers to elections and crime. The study of law involves not only learning legal rules but also interpreting, applying and critiquing legal principles. This requires the development of the skills of argument and advocacy as well as critical analysis and reasoning.

    Is this the right course for you?

    The study of law will appeal to you if you are interested in society, governance and current affairs. If you like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated then one of our law degrees may be for you. A general interest in history and political developments will be an advantage, as the law is deeply linked to its historical and political context. Legal training requires precise and careful use of language; therefore, good writing skills and a facility for articulate expression are also important.

    Why study Law at Trinity?

    Trinity’s School of Law, is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally renowned law school. With a distinguished team of professors and lecturers, the Law School attracts students of the highest calibre from Ireland and abroad. Our strong network of alumni in Ireland and internationally includes leading lawyers, judges, including Chief Justices, Presidents of Ireland, policy makers and public representatives. The Law School has produced some of the most prolific lawyers of the modern era in Ireland. Our historic school is ideally situated for law students, being in close proximity to the Four Courts and Houses of Parliament. The school is one of the world’s top 100 universities for law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015).

    By national and international comparisons we are small in size but our dedication to small group teaching fosters a friendly and vibrant relationship between staff and students, one inspired by mutual respect and co-operation. Creativity and independent thinking are amongst the key attributes we foster amongst our students.

    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 University’s Law Society and now enjoys international dissemination.

    What will you study?

    Law at Trinity is a four-year honours degree programme. Most of the teaching takes place at lecture level and is supplemented with seminars (small group teaching) in classes of between 12-15 students. In the Freshman (first two) years, fundamental skills are taught through a study of core legal topics: legal research, case law method, statutory analysis, oral and written argument. In the Sophister (final two) years students have the option of choosing from an unrivalled number of modules affording our students the opportunity to specialise and gain a competitive advantage over graduates from many other universities.

    Teaching and learning is innovative, with a strong emphasis on student contribution in class. This is reflected in a wide-range of teaching practices including the Socratic method, student presentations, group coursework, projects and many other forms of student engagement. As a reflection of these different teaching practices, a diverse range of assessment methods is used, including case notes, essays, mock trials, mock parliaments, contribution to web-discussion boards, response papers and research dissertations.


    Foundations of Law, Torts, Constitutional Law I, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Legislation and Regulation.


    Administrative Law, Constitutional Law II, Equity, European Union Law, Land Law and Private Law Remedies (including Mooting).


    Amongst the modules which may be available to study are as follows:

    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; Sport and the Law.

    The School of Law is committed to making available to students the option of taking a module from outside its discipline, under the Broad Curriculum programme (see page 19). Senior Sophister students may also opt to write a research dissertation on a topic of their choice and/or apply for the Clinical Legal Education module in place of taught modules.

    If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, please visit:

    Study abroad

    In the Junior Sophister (third) year, students have the opportunity to apply to study abroad in a prestigious European university with the EU funded Erasmus programme. In addition to exchange programmes in Europe, the School of Law also has bilateral links with leading universities in North America, Australia and Hong Kong. Our exchange programmes are highly successful, and are an extremely popular option for law students each year. Participating students find that they are hugely enjoyable, academically and culturally rewarding, and a valuable asset to prospective employers.

    Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at:


    A law degree provides the ideal foundation for the aspiring solicitor or barrister, of whom we have many distinguished alumni. Our degrees in law provide students with a challenging and rewarding legal education but also instil more general skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. The skills learned through studying law in Trinity are useful in all walks of life and offer wider opportunities than professional practice alone, with many graduates finding employment in public administration, business, journalism, accountancy, banking, insurance, politics, foreign affairs, diplomacy and international financial services.

    The School of Law enjoys a mutually beneficial and close relationship with its alumni. Every year our graduates working in leading Irish, UK and international legal and consultancy firms return to Trinity to offer internship and job opportunities to our students. Our annual Careers Fair and the TCD Law Society’s Careers Officer organise regular presentations and events for students to meet with potential employers.

    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 modules in your primary law degree. Each of our five undergraduate degree programmes guarantee you that will have the opportunity to take these modules. Our programmes also offer additional modules 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.

    Further information

    Visit us: If you are considering studying for a Law degree at Trinity but want to be sure, you are most welcome to attend first and second year lectures. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact us by email to arrange a visit.

    Law open day, see

    Tel: +353 1 896 1125 / 1278



    Student profile

    Ben Mitchell

    “Trying to sum up in only a few lines what I enjoy most about Trinity is particularly difficult. The four years that I have spent here as a student have been fantastic for a whole host of reasons. The ultimate aim of any college education is obviously to get a degree at the end and I’ve found that Trinity is a great place to study, not least because it’s a university that makes you want to learn. The professors and lecturers are all experts in their fields, which mean they have a passion for their subjects that is infectious.

    The College also places a lot of emphasis on student life and while I’ve been here I’ve been able to write for newspapers, debate, edit the law review, sit on student committees and compete for the university’s sailing team as well as take part in a huge range of other activities. I came into first year with the intention of taking part in everything, but after only a few minutes I realised that was simply impossible as there is literally something for everyone here as there are well over one hundred different societies on offer.

    Trinity has global links with other universities, which gave me the opportunity to spend my third year on exchange to a US Law School. This was a brilliant experience and was one of the most enjoyable parts of my undergraduate education but, for however much I enjoyed it, what I got most out of it was an understanding of what sets Trinity apart as a place to be a student. There is a culture here that I haven’t seen replicated elsewhere, which makes it such an exciting place to be a student. I’ve spent the last year living in the College, right in the heart of Dublin city, in some of the most impressive buildings in the country, so I have seen firsthand the entertainment, friendliness, support and inspiration that Trinity has to offer. From what I’ve experienced here, I can’t recommend it highly enough as a place to study.