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What is Law?

Law is an exciting, dynamic subject, one which evolves constantly. It governs every aspect of our lives, from food labelling and football transfers to elections and crime. The study of law involves learning legal rules, interpreting, applying and critiquing legal principles. This requires the development of the skills of argument and advocacy as well as critical analysis and reasoning.

Law: The course for you?

If you like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated then a law degree is for you. Legal training requires the ability to think logically and critically, precise and careful use of language, good writing skills and a facility for articulate expression are key attributes for legal scholars.

Law @ Trinity

Trinity’s School of Law, is Ireland’s oldest and most internationally renowned law school. We have a distinguished team of professors and lecturers and attract students of the highest calibre from Ireland and abroad. Our strong network of alumni in Ireland abroad comprises 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 consistently one of the world’s top 100 universities for law (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

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.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

A law degree provides the ideal foundation for the aspiring solicitor or barrister. 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. Our graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in the top law firms in Ireland, UK and abroad.

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 both in Ireland and abroad.

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.

Your degree and what you’ll 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. In their final year, students may choose to take a Clinical Legal Education module, involving a placement in a legal service provider. Students also complete a major piece of independent research in their Senior Sophister year.

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.


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; Feminism and the Law; Food Law; Information Technology 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; Regulatory Law; Refugee and Immigration Law; Restitution; Sport and the Law and Tax 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. Senior Sophister students will also have the opportunity to write research dissertation on a topic of their choice and apply for the Clinical Legal Education module.


The Law School has long recognised the value of practical, skills-based training. Clinical legal education (CLE) offers students a valuable opportunity to learn more deeply about the law by gaining practical legal experience. This module allows students undertake a placement in a legal practice setting in a partner organisation in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. Alongside the placement, students attend a lawyering class in which they develop their understanding of professional legal skills and legal ethics. We are privileged to have many of the leading legal practice settings in the State, in each of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, among its partner organisations which offer placements. The lawyering class complements the placement by enabling students to identify and develop the skills, values and knowledge which is necessary for making the transition from the academic study of law to its application in a real world setting.

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


Assessment in law degrees is generally by annual examination or by a combination of coursework and annual examinations. As a reflection of the different teaching practices, a diverse range of assessment methods is used, including case notes, essays, mock trials, reflective journals, mock parliaments, contribution to web-discussion boards, response papers and research dissertations. Students are advised at the beginning of the teaching semester if assessment of each module is wholly by examination or by the combination mentioned above.

Study abroad and internship opportunities

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:


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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 lectures. If you would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact us by email to arrange a visit.


What our graduates say

Garrett Simons, LL.B. S.C. Garrett graduated with a first class honours degree in 1992. He is a Senior Counsel specialising in planning and environmental law, and the author of Planning and Development Law (Thomson Round Hall, Dublin).

“My reasons for choosing Trinity were, first, the excellent reputation of the School, and, secondly, the fact that it offered a four-year honors degree course. The course not only allows for a greater choice of modules, but also affords an opportunity to study those modules in depth. Your degree is awarded on the basis of your performance in third and fourth year, which is a much fairer basis of assessment than in most colleges. The Law School has a very friendly atmosphere. My lecturers were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the Environmental Law course taught by Professor Yvonne Scannell, and subsequently decided to specialise in planning and environmental law. I have no doubt but that the questioning approach which Yvonne (Scannell) and other lecturers encouraged us to take to legal issues has been of great benefit to me in my practice at the bar. For those students keen to see the legal world in practice the Four Courts are in walking distance from the College and all the cases, with the exception of those which are ‘in camera’ - look for the sign! - are open to the public, so feel free to wander (quietly) in and listen to the legal arguments. For criminal law and legal skills courses, students are often required to visit the courts and write reports on cases they have attended.”


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CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is



Note: Law (TR004) is one of three courses that are part of the feasibility study in admissions, and 10 places will be filled under this new route. For further details see

See also:

TR017: Law and BusinessTR018: Law and FrenchTR019: Law and GermanTR020: Law and political science

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EU Applicants

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Law, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/JUN/2018
  • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is



    Note: Law (TR004) is one of three courses that are part of the feasibility study in admissions, and 10 places will be filled under this new route. For further details see

    See also:

    TR017: Law and BusinessTR018: Law and FrenchTR019: Law and GermanTR020: Law and political science