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With continuing European integration and increasing globalisation, there is a need for lawyers with a transnational education. The Law and French degree programme, taught in collaboration with the Department of French, offers a unique opportunity to study not just the Irish legal system but also the legal system of France, alongside the French 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 backgrounds of France and would like to learn a second language then this degree is for you.
Law and French at Trinity College Dublin is a four-year honors 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 professional lawyers). 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 French constitutional and civil law, and have the opportunity to learn aspects of French sociology, culture and politics. Instruction in these modules is through French. 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 French 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 third year, students study at a French university. In the final year, some modules are 5 ECTS and some modules are 10 ECTS. In addition to lectures, Freshman students must attend 4 seminarsin 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 practicising 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. Generally this entails 60 ECTs per 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:
- Identify, evaluate and synthesise jurisprudential theories and concepts;
- Use appropriate legal theories, doctrines and concepts to identify, formulate, analyse and solve legal problems within national and international contexts;
- Understand the relationship between law and society, including the role of law in promoting and responding to social change;
- Conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary at both the national and international levels;
- Discuss and debate different perspectives on legal problems, theories and doctrines;
- Communicate effectively in oral and written modes in professional and academic settings and work effectively in multi-disciplinary settings;
- Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing social, cultural and technological environment;
- Have the capacity to engage in life-long learning, including vocational training for the legal profession.
For descriptions of each of the modules below, please visit the module page.
Junior Freshman Year
Constitutional law I
Senior Freshman Year
Law of torts
Junior Sophister Year
Compulsory Year Abroad, see Junior Sophister year abroad for further details.
Senior Sophister Year
French Report Writing (compulsory)
Advanced EU law
Undergraduate Course Office:
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