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    What is Law and French/German?

    With continuing European integration and increasing globalisation, there is a need for lawyers with a transnational education. The Law and French, and Law and German degree courses satisfy these needs as students graduate with a grounding in Irish law, are fluent in a second European language, have a thorough knowledge of the legal system of France or Germany, and have a real insight and knowledge of the general culture, political, economic and sociological make-up of France or Germany. The Law and a Language programmes are taught in collaboration with the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

    Is this the right course for you?

    In addition to a desire to study law, you will need a specific and strong interest in the general culture, legal, political, economic and sociological make-up of either France or Germany. You should also have the ability to become fluent in the relevant language.

    Why study Law and French/German at Trinity?

    The Law and French and Law and German degree programmes offer a unique opportunity to study, not just the Irish legal system but also the legal systems of France or Germany, their languages, culture and political systems. The class sizes are small, fostering a close collegial relationship with peers and members of the faculty.

    What will you study?

    In the first and second (Freshman) years, you will study a variety of legal modules, taken alongside students reading for our other undergraduate law programmes. Law and French or German students also study the constitutional and civil law of their chosen jurisdiction. Students also take integrated modules on language and civilisation, covering aspects of sociology, legal systems and politics.

    The French and German law components in this programme are designed to equip students to study and ultimately practise law through French or German. New entrants are not expected to be fluent; rather they will develop their language skills through the degree.


    Foundations of Law; Contract Law; Constitutional Law 1; Criminal Law; French Constitutional Law and Legal Systems or German Legal System; French or German Language; French Civilisation and Legal Methods or German Area Studies.


    Law of Tort; Land Law; Private Law Remedies (including Mooting programme); Equity; French Language and Civilisation or German Language; French Legal Methods or German Cultural History; French or German Civil Law.


    The third year is spent studying legal or related subjects in one of France or Germany’s top-ranking universities. This year abroad is designed to enable the student to enhance their knowledge of French/German law whilst perfecting their fluency in the foreign language.

    Law and French students can currently apply to spend their year in Paris, Bordeaux, Strasbourg or Toulouse. Law and German students spend their year in Berlin, Hamburg, Mainz, München, Freiburg, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Würzburg, Marburg or Jena.

    In fourth year, students choose from a large range of law modules, and further French or German law or language modules.

    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 the discipline, under the Broad Curriculum programme, see Fourth year 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 to find out more detailed information on all the modules offered, see:


    A combination of assignments and aural, oral and written examinations is used. There is a strong element of continuous assessment in language and French or German law subjects.


    The increasing Europeanisation of legal practice means that graduates of the law and a language degree programme have much to contribute to the legal and other professions in Ireland, as well as enjoying career opportunities in Europe. In addition to careers in the legal profession, Law and French, and Law and German graduates also find employment in business, journalism, accountancy, banking, insurance, politics, foreign affairs and diplomacy and public services.

    Further information

    Visit us: If you are considering studying for a Law degree at Trinity College 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 e-mail (see below) to arrange a visit.

    Law Open Day: Information will be posted on

    Tel: +353 1 896 1125 / 1278 | Email: | Email:

    Specific Entry Requirements

    Leaving CertificateHC1 French
    Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C French
    Other EU examination systemsSee

    Student Profile

    Laura Hegarty

    We are lucky to be taught by some of law’s greatest thinkers. The lecturers are always there to help with any issues and I found that very reassuring. The Law School is a community within the wider Trinity one.

    The French part of my degree was a huge factor in my choosing Law and French. I am delighted now, as I begin to think about employment opportunities, to have fluency in a second language.