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We are a small and very friendly school. Our staff and students form a vibrant community inspired by mutual respect and co-operation.

Student welfare is at the heart of the School's activities and we welcome enquiries from anyone contemplating the study of law at Trinity College Dublin.

Trinity Law School provides five undergraduate degree programmes, each of which takes four years to complete: law, law and business, law and French, law and German, and law and political science. The values of academic freedom and social inclusion animate all aspects of our undergraduate programmes. Students are facilitated to think for themselves while always cognisant of the potential for law to be used both as a tool of oppression and as a means of achieving justice. Through placements with community law centres and the provision of legal research to NGOs, students put their legal knowledge and skills to the service of the greater good.

Our undergraduate programmes are all research-based and research-led. Leading subject-experts teach all modules, challenging students to develop their own critical understanding of law. The programmes are designed to equip students with critical and analytical skills. Through their study of diverse areas of law, students develop their own ability to research the law, make legal arguments, critically evaluate the role that law plays in society, and present legal analysis in coherent form, both written and oral.

In the first two years, students take compulsory foundational modules such as constitutional law, criminal law and contract law, mostly taught by senior professors. These building blocks of a legal education equip students with the core skills of legal research, case analysis and legislative interpretation. In the third year, students choose from a range of modules that develop those core skills. In the fourth year, students must complete a substantial piece of self-directed research. Smaller classes, mostly taught through a seminar format, compel students to develop new perspectives, articulate their own analysis and defend their own arguments.

Students on our joint degree programme study fewer law modules but have the opportunity to relate their legal knowledge and skills to disciplines such as business and political science. Students on our law and language programmes study both Irish law, French or German law, and French or German language and civilisation. Students on these programmes must go on exchange in their third year. For all other students, there is an optional exchange programme in third year subject to meeting the requisite academic standard. Trinity Law School has links with many of the leading Law Schools in the world, such as the Sorbonne, Bologna, Fudan (Shanghai), Hong Kong University, Sydney University and Notre Dame.

None of these degrees entitles a person to practise law as a barrister or solicitor without further study. However, the degree programmes are designed to allow students who would like to pursue careers in the legal profession meet the requirements currently laid down by the professional bodies in Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Law is an exciting, dynamic subject. 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. 

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.

 

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