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Student Profile
Grainne McAnaney
“If I am honest, I chose to study Law at Trinity College on
a bit of a whim. Coming from Northern Ireland, most of my
school friends were going to college there or in England
and I very nearly did the same. I can honestly say I am
so glad that I decided to go against the grain and come to
Trinity College.
The Law School is relatively small compared with other
leading universities and it allows for a friendly close-knit
environment between the staff and students. The four-year
degree allows students not only to study the core legal
subjects but also to delve into more specific areas of the
law that they are particularly interested in. Law students
are also given the invaluable opportunity of studying
abroad for the third year of the degree in other world class
universities. Studying in the United States gave me the
chance to broaden my perspectives on legal issues and
also to set up connections and friendships in another
country that will last a lifetime.
The teaching in the Law School here is second to none.
Aside from the fact that most of the lecturers have written the
book on what they are teaching, they are friendly and always
willing to help. The lectures, especially in the third and fourth
years, are not just aimed at making you pass an exam, but
to have a wide and practical knowledge of the subject and to
have an inquisitorial approach to what you are learning.
Trinity College is an internationally recognised university of
world class standards and the Law School is a testament to
that. If you are looking to have a great four years, learn about
the law from outstanding teachers, and make a lot of friends
in the process, then Trinity College is the place to be.”
Graduate Profile
Garrett Simons
Garrett Simons, S.C. graduated from the School of Law
with a first class honours degree in 1992. Garrett is a
Senior Counsel specialising in planning and environmental
law, and the author of “Planning and Development Law”
(Thomson Round Hall, Dublin).
“My reasons for choosing Trinity College were, first, the
excellent reputation of the School, and, secondly, the
fact that it offered a four-year honors degree course. A
four-year course not only allows for a greater choice of
subjects, but also affords an opportunity to study those
subjects in depth. Your degree is awarded on the basis of
your performance in third and fourth year, which is a much
fairer basis of assessment than in most colleges. The Law
School is relatively small, and thus has a very friendly
atmosphere. My lecturers were excellent, and in many
cases were the leaders in their field. I particularly enjoyed
the Environmental Law course taught by Professor
Yvonne Scannell, and subsequently decided to specialise
in planning and environmental law. I have no doubt but
that the questioning approach which Yvonne and other
lecturers encouraged us to take to legal issues has been
of great benefit to me in my practice at the bar.”
Law and French/German
PLACES 2012:
POINTS 2011:
LL.B. (Ling. Franc)
LL.B. (Ling. Germ)
Special Entry Requirements:
Leaving Certificate
French (TR018)
German (TR019)
Advanced GCE (A-Level)
Grade C French (TR018)
Grade C German (TR019)
See also:
TR004: Law, page 87
TR017: Law and business, page 92
TR020: Law and political science, page 94
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, and Law
and German degree courses satisfy these needs as students
graduate with a grounding in Irish law, fluent in a second
European language, with a thorough knowledge of the legal
system of France or Germany and a real insight and knowledge
of the general culture, political, economic and sociological make-
up of France or Germany. Far more is involved than simply
attaching a language component to a law degree. Students
study French or German law, both constitutional and civil, in
their first two years. These modules are taught and examined
through the relevant language. The language component of
each programme is integrated and language skills are developed
in the context of studying the general, as well as the specifically
legal, culture of the country concerned. Each programme is
taught over four years with a compulsory year abroad.
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
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.