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    Overview

    With continuing European integration and an increasing globalisation of legal matters, there is a need for lawyers with a trans-national education. The Law and French degree course satisfies these needs as students graduate with a grounding in Irish law, are fluent in a second European language, with a thorough knowledge of the legal system of France, and have a real insight and knowledge of the general culture, political, economic and sociological make-up of France. 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 France. You should also be willing and have the ability to become fluent in the relevant language.

    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.

    Did you know?

    • Trinity is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Law (by the QS World University Rankings 2014).

    Open Day for Law

    The School of Law will be holding an open day in the autumn for those interested in undertaking a law degree at third level. There will be a programme of events designed to give students a flavour of what it is like to study law in a university. In addition, there will be an opportunity to meet current students and recent graduates, as well as lecturers, in a relaxed and informal setting. Information will be posted on www.tcd.ie/Law

    Course content

    In the Freshman (first two) years you will study a variety of legal modules, see below. In each semester, you will have two Irish law modules, with three hours of lectures in each per week. These lectures are complemented by compulsory law seminars (4 per module) and modules in legal skills in the Junior Freshman (first) year and mooting (mock trials) in the Senior Freshman (second) year. Law and a language 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.

    Law and French students will study French public and private law through French from the start. French law is a fascinating subject for common law students: the French legal system is a key exemplar in both constitutional and private law. Understanding French law is especially useful for fields such as European Union law and the international practice of law. Students’ analysis of Irish law also benefits from comparative insights. The French component in this degree programme is designed to equip students to study and ultimately practise law through French. New entrants are not expected already to be fluent; rather they will develop their language skills through the degree. Language learning during the years in Trinity occurs largely through the substantive study of French law and civilisation modules taught entirely through French. This enables students to develop their skills of aural and reading comprehension and fluid and accurate expression in written and oral forms, as well as acquiring the necessary terminology to research and discuss legal topics.

    Junior Freshman modules

    • The Irish legal system (including Legal skills)
    • Contract law
    • Constitutional law 1
    • Criminal law
    • French language
    • French civilisation and legal methods
    • French constitutional law and legal systems

    Senior Freshman modules

    • Law of tort
    • Land law
    • Private law remedies (including Mooting programme)
    • Equity
    • French language and civilisation
    • French legal methods
    • French civil law

    The Sophister years

    The Junior Sophister (third) year is spent studying legal or related subjects in a French university. The results obtained studying abroad constitute a substantial part of your final degree grades.

    In the Senior Sophister (fourth) year, you select 40 ECTS (credits) worth of modules from approximately thirty options:

    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; Economic and legal aspects of competition policy; Employment law; English land law; Environmental law; European human rights; EU food law; Evidence; Family law; Intellectual property law; International family law; International human rights law; International trade law; Jurisprudence; Legal philosophy; Media law; Medical law and ethics; Penology; Public interest law; Public international law; Refugee and immigration law; Restitution; Tax law; Transnational contract law; Sport and the law.

    Students who wish to continue their studies with the professional bodies may also take Freshman modules in place of a Sophister module if required by the particular professional body. In addition, you will engage in language and oral work and project/report writing. Students may choose from a number of options to take the place of a law module, including a Broad Curriculum module (see http://www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum), a research dissertation or a module offered by the relevant language department.

    In addition to the above optional modules, Law and a language students also take further modules in French law or language.

    Assessment

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

    Career opportunities

    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 graduates also find employment in business, journalism, accountancy, banking, insurance, politics, foreign affairs and diplomacy and public services.

    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.

    Further information

    www.tcd.ie/Law

    Tel: +353 1 896 1125 / 1278

    E-mail: law.school@tcd.ie

    Specific Entry Requirements

    Leaving CertificateHC1 French
    Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C French
    Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/

    Student Profile

    Ellen Travers

    Student life in Trinity is great'€Š What I love about Trinity is that even though there are huge numbers of students, it still has the atmosphere of a small college with a real community feel to it, a community which is situated in the heart of Dublin so if ever we feel the need to venture outside Trinity's walls, nothing is far away. However why would you want to venture outside when there is a great variety of sports, voluntary work and societies covering pretty much everything from astronomy to yoga. The Law aspect of the course allows those who are aspiring Ally McBeals to pursue a wide range of law subjects. While in first and second year there is no choice of subjects, by the time you've discovered what areas interest you (be that how to discredit witnesses in a trial, who and how to sue when you've suffered emotional distress or injured a limb, or even who is liable for injuries on a sports field) in third and fourth year there is a pretty wide range of subjects available. The French part of the course gives a good insight into French culture, society and politics as well improving your language. Even though we are blessed with relatively few lectures the independent research which is required takes a little getting used to! The year spent abroad is one of the highlights and I'd highly recommend it. My year in Bordeaux allowed me to study another legal system first hand and experience a completely different lifestyle.

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