Bachelor in Law and German (LL.B. (ling. germ.))
With continuing European integration and increasing globalisation, there is a need for lawyers with a transnational education. The Law and German programme, taught in collaboration with the German Department, provides a unique opportunity to study, not just the Irish legal system but also the legal system of Germany, alongside the German language, culture and political system. This programme enables 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.
If you like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated, have a keen interest in the cultural, legal, social, historical and political background of Germany and would like to learn a second language then this degree is for you.
The German component in the Law and German degree programme is designed
- to train students to acquire the greatest possible fluency in the German language,
- to introduce students to the methods of analysis proper to a modern language discipline and
- (iii) to familiarise students with the German legal system and its terminology, and to give them a clear grasp of the cultural context in which the German legal system has developed and operates.
Law and German at Trinity College Dublin is a four-year honours degree programme. The first two years (Freshman) are given over to the study of core legal modules (many of which are required for those who wish later to train as legal professionals). In the Freshman years of the programme, we ensure that the balance is appropriately divided between the academic and practical aspects of law. This is achieved through the unique Foundations of Law and mooting programmes taught in the first two years of the programme. In addition, you will take modules in both German constitutional and civil law, and have the opportunity to learn aspects of German language, culture and politics. Instruction in these modules is through German. New entrants are not expected to be fluent; rather they will develop their language skills through the degree.
In the Junior Sophister year (third year) you will spend the year abroad at a German university. For your final year (Senior Sophister) you will choose modules from a variety of aspects of law, offering you, if you so wish, the advantage of early specialisation. During your course of studies at Trinity, you will have the opportunity to take all the modules currently required for entry to the professional bodies in Ireland (see Career and Postgraduate Opportunities).
How many hours of teaching are involved?
The academic year is divided into two teaching semesters (terms) with examinations, when applicable, taking place at the end of the second semester. Each teaching semester is of 12 weeks duration, with a reading/study week taking place in the 7th week of both semesters. Students complete 60 ECTS of modules each year, usually 30 ECTS in each semester. In the first two years, each module is 10 ECTS. In the final two years, some modules are 5 ECTS and some modules are 15 ECTS. Typically, a student has nine hours lectures per week, three hours in each 10 ECTS module or one and a half hours in each 5 ECTS module. In addition to lectures, Freshman students must attend 4 seminars in each law module. Attendance at law seminars is also required for some Sophister modules.
Semesters - The teaching semesters are referred to as Michaelmas Term (first semester) and Hilary Term (second semester). Annual Examinations take place after the end of Hilary Term. The examinations period is referred to as Trinity Term.
Lectures involve a mix of the Socratic method (where students must answer questions based on pre-assigned reading), class discussion, and more traditional lecturing. Seminars are entirely discussion-based. Seminars are taught by academic staff, post-graduate students or by practising solicitors or barristers with particular expertise in the area.
European Credit Transfers
Students reading for any law degree at Trinity College Dublin must study 240 ECTs over the duration of the four years. Students on the Law and German programme study 70 ECTS in their first year, 65 ECTS in their second year, 45 ECTS while on Erasmus exchange in Germany in their third year, and 60 ECTS in their final year. The ECTS weighting for a module is a measure of the student input or workload required for that module, based on factors such as the number of contact hours, the number and length of written or verbally presented assessment exercises, class preparation and private study time, classes, and examinations. There is no intrinsic relationship between the credit volume of a module and its level of difficulty. In Trinity College Dublin, 1 ECTS unit is defined as 20-25 hours of student input so a 10-credit module will be designed to require 200-250 hours of student input including class contact time, private study and assessments.
Having successfully completed this programme, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a high level of oral, aural and written proficiency in the German language, including the ability to give oral presentations on and to discuss freely general and legal topics, and to produce a variety of written text types in the target language to a high standard of accuracy and fluency;
- Integrate critical linguistic and cultural awareness with the appropriate knowledge and strategies to deal creatively and ethically with challenges in communication in social and professional settings;
- Evaluate critically the German legal environment and institutions and to place these in their historical context;
- Evaluate, synthesise and present legal arguments in a structured, reasoned and coherent way in both written and oral modes in the target language;
- Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument;
- Work effectively as an individual and in teams in multidisciplinary and multicultural settings;
- Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing social, cultural and technological environment and with a capacity to move effectively within and between cultures.
- Identify, formulate and address key research questions;
- Engage in life-long learning, including in practitioner, academic or other fields.
For descriptions of each of the modules below, please visit the module page.
Junior Freshman Year
- Constitutional law I
- Criminal law
- Foundations of law
- Introduction to the German legal system
- German language
- German textual analysis and
- German area studies
Senior Freshman Year
- Law of torts
- Land law
- Private law remedies
- German civil law
- German language
- German cultural history
Junior Sophister Year
Compulsory Year Abroad, see Junior Sophister year abroad for further details.
Senior Sophister Year
- German and EU law (compulsory)
- German language (compulsory)
- Advanced EU law
- Advanced Evidence
- Administrative law
- Child law (5 ECTS)
- Collective labour law
- Company law
- Clinical Legal Education
- Constitutional law II
- Corporate Governance (5 ECTS)
- EU law
- Equality law
- Feminism and the law (5 ECTS)
- Food Law
- Intellectual Property law
- International Human Rights
- Media law
- Legal Philosophy (5 ECTS)
- Medical law and ethics
- Penology (5 ECTS)
- Refugee law
Undergraduate Course Office (Law):
School of Law, House 39, New Square,Trinity College, Dublin 2
Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 896 1125/1278; Fax (Country Code + 353) (01) 677 0449; Email law.school at tcd.ie
Law: Nazli Heimann Room 2.10, Law School, Tel (Country Code + 353) (01) 896 1997
German: Katrin Eberback