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Law and French

LL.B.(Ling. Franc.); 15 places

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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 and fluency in a second European language. Graduates will also 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.

Law and French/German: The course for you?

If you like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated, have a keen interest in the cultural, legal, social, historical and political backgrounds of France or Germany and would like to learn a second language then one of these degrees 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 and French/German @ 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. These programmes enable students to develop a clear grasp of the cultural, political and societal context in with their legal systems have evolved and operate. The class sizes are small, fostering a close collegial relationship with peers and members of the faculty.

Graduate skills and 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, and Law and German graduates also find employment in business, journalism, accountancy, banking, insurance, politics, foreign affairs and diplomacy and public services. In addition to learning about the legal systems in France, German and Ireland, graduates will have mastered a second language, which creates many opportunities for employment in large international organisations, not solely confined to the legal profession.

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

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 will also be exposed to opportunities to develop their language skills and their understanding of 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. Instruction in these modules is through French or German. New entrants are not expected to be fluent; rather they will develop their language skills through the degree.

FIRST (JUNIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

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.

SECOND (SENIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR

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.

THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

The third year is a compulsory year 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, Sciences Po, Strasbourg or Toulouse. Law and German students spend their year in Berlin, Hamburg, Mainz, München, Freiburg, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Würzburg, Tübingen, Marburg or Jena.

Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/Law/undergraduate/study-abroad.php

FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR

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; 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 (see http://www.tcd.ie/Broad_Curriculum). 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. If you would like to find out more detailed information on all the modules offered, see: www.tcd.ie/Law/undergraduate

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 or German law subjects. For information on assessment in other law modules please see TR004: Law.

Study abroad opportunities

The third year is a compulsory year 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, Sciences Po, Strasbourg or Toulouse. Law and German students spend their year in Berlin, Hamburg, Mainz, München, Freiburg, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Würzburg, Tübingen, Marburg or Jena.

Further information on the year abroad programme, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/Law/undergraduate/study-abroad.php

GET IN TOUCH!

Law Open Day: Information will be posted on www.tcd.ie/Law

www.tcd.ie/law/undergraduate

Tel: +353 1 896 1125 / 1278

Email: law.school@tcd.ie

www.tcd.ie/Law/undergraduate/student-testimonials

www.facebook.com/TrinityCollegeDublinLaw

www.tcd.ie/French

Email: french@tcd.ie

Tel: +353 1 896 1373

www.facebook.com/Trinity.SLLCS

VISIT THE LAW SCHOOL:

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

David Hughes, Law and German

“The Law and German programme provided me with perspectives on language and on society which I think are unparalleled in any other programme. We had the opportunity to take our knowledge of the German language to degree level, with the help of an extremely competent and thorough German studies department. The real gem of the Law and German programme is the meeting place between the two disciplines; so few law students in the world are privileged to study a foreign legal system to such a level. We were thoroughly versed in the basics of German law in our first two years, before embarking on the Erasmus programme in a colourful variety of German legal faculties – this year was undoubtedly the highlight of the programme. Upon our return to Trinity, we consolidated our experience by studying four final-year law subjects (in preparation for training as barristers and solicitors) and we polished our written, aural and oral German skills, as well as taking a more in-depth look at the German and European legal systems in a class taught by a prominent German lawyer. All in all, the Law and German programme was an excellent first step toward a career in any number of areas – and we have found that, with this degree, we have simply strolled through job interviews!”

What our current students say

Yewhoan Hong, Law and French

“The Law School boasts strong diplomatic relationship with various foreign law schools.
I was lucky to have spent my third year in Strasbourg, France. Needless to say, it has been a life changing experience: not only was I able to improve my French, I met some great people from all corners of the globe with whom I made many memories. Within the School there are some great minded people. The friends you make here will last your lifetime. This, on top of everything, has made my time here all the more memorable.”

Course Options

Award

LL.B.(Ling. Franc.)

Number of Places

15

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

TR018

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

Leaving Certificate H3 French Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade C French Other EU examination systemsSee www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/


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EU Applicants

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Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Law and French, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 01/02/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Law and French, 4 years full-time Closing Date: 30/06/2017
    • CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

      TR018