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Bachelor in Law and German


CAO Code TR019
Number of Places: 15
CAO Points (2020) 542
Entry Requirements: H3 / C German (Leaving Cert/Ad GCE/A-level)

Programme Overview

Ireland’s membership of the European Union, combined with globalisation, makes it more important than ever that lawyers are able to understand other legal systems and cultures. The Law and German programme will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of German language and culture. You will spend one year of your studies at a partner university in Germany, where you will be able to learn about the German legal system. This appreciation of German language, law and culture provides an invaluable gateway to a broader understanding of legal systems around the world. The skills that you develop in this programme provide an excellent basis for pursuing a career within the EU, e.g. working in a global law firm or within one of the EU institutions.

Is this Programme right for me?

If you like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated, have a keen interest in the cultural, social, historical and political backgrounds of Germany and would like to learn a second language, then this 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.

Programme Structure

Law and German is a four-year honors degree programme. The first year entails studying core legal modules in conjunction with modules in German language, culture and political systems.

At the end of the first year of your programme, you will have several options in relation to the balance between Law and German modules and your degree pathway/award. You can choose to:

  1. Major – Law, Minor - German
    focus more on Law (Major – Law, Minor - German) – Degree Awarded - LL.B. (Law with German);
  2. Joint
    continue with an equal combination of the Law and German; – Degree Awarded- BA (Law and German);
  3. move to single honors in Law from your second year onwards – Degree Awarded - LL.B.;
  4. Major – German; Minor – Law
    focus more on German –Degree Awarded- BA (German with Law);
  5. move to single honors in German from your second year onwards – Degree Awarded - BA.

In all variations of the programme, you will spend the third year at a partner university in German and then return to Trinity to complete your studies in the fourth year. During this final year of study, one-third of your credits will be devoted to the completion of a research project, which we call the ‘Capstone’. This allows you to apply and enhance the research skills that you have developed in the previous three years of the programme.

If you choose Law as a Major, then you will complete your Capstone within the School of Law. You will be part of a research group with other students where you will work independently and collaboratively to explore in-depth a topical issue. If German is your major your capstone will be completed in that subject.

Professional requirements

In order to complete the modules that are currently pre-requisites for the professional stage of training to become a solicitor or barrister in Ireland, then you will have to choose to focus on Law from your second year onwards. See option 1 above, Law as a Major subject and German as a Minor subject.

Following your third year abroad, you will have the opportunity to choose to follow the relevant part of the third-year syllabus when you return for your final year of studies. This ensures that you are able to complete all the modules currently required in order to fulfil the pre-requisites for entry to the professional stage of training to become either a solicitor or barrister in Ireland.

What will I study? 

For more description of each modules below, please visit the Modules page.

Year 1: Junior Freshman Year

  1. Contract
  2. Torts
  3. Foundation to Law
  4. German language
  5. German area studies
  6. German literature

Year 2: Senior Freshman Year

Law Major Joint German Major
Constitutional Law I
Land Law
German language
German legal language
Law and Literature
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
German language
German legal language
Law and Literature
Germanic literature history
German literature seminar
Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
German language
German legal language
Law and Literature
Germanic literature history
German literature seminar

Year 3: Junior Sophister Year

Compulsory year abroad in a German university. Students majoring in Law must study EU law during this year.

Year 4: Senior Sophister Year

Law Major Joint German Major
‘Capstone Research Project’
- Law
Administrative Law
Company Law
Legal Philosophy (unless an equivalent module was taken in the year abroad) or
‘Capstone Research Project’
Senior Sophister Law modules (to the value of 40 ECTS)
‘Capstone Research Project’ – Law or German
Senior Sophister Law modules (to the value of 20 ECTS)
Senior Sophister French modules to the value of 20 ECTS) from*
German language
German cultural history
Germanic literature history
German literature seminar
‘Capstone Research Project’ - German
German language
German legal language
Law and Literature
German cultural history
Germanic literature history
German literature seminar (to the value of 40 ECTS)*
*these modules are indicative only and represent modules currently offered.

Junior and Senior Sophister Law modules

The following modules are currently provided by the School of Law in either Year 3 or Year 4, but please note that this list changes over time.

  1. Advanced EU law
  2. Clinical Legal Education
  3. Collective Labour Law
  4. Commercial Law
  5. Competition Policy
  6. Corporate Governance 
  7. Criminology
  8. Critical Perspectives on law 
  9. Employment Law
  10. English Land Law
  11. Environmental Law
  12. European Human Rights
  13. Family and Child Law
  14. Financial Services Law
  15. Food Law
  16. Information Technology Law
  17. Insolvency Law
  18. Intellectual Property law
  19. International Human Rights
  20. International Trade Law
  21. Legal Philosophy
  22. Media Law
  23. Medical Law and Ethics Penology
  24. Public Interest Law
  25. Public International Law 
  26. Refugee and Immigration Law
  27. Tax Law

If you would like to explore these modules some more, please look at the modules below which are currently on offer. The 2019/20 module outlines will be available in Spring 2019.

Programme Outcomes

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;
  • Map the relationship between law and society, including the role of law in promoting and responding to social change;
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument;
  • Discuss and debate different perspectives on legal problems, theories and doctrines in both a national and international context;
  • Conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary at both the national and international levels;
  • Demonstrate a differentiated and in-depth knowledge and understanding of, together with an ability to evaluate critically, the legal environment and institutions of the countries where the target language is spoken and to place these in their historical context;
  • Demonstrate a high level of oral, aural and written proficiency in the German language, including the ability to discuss freely general and legal topics, and to evaluate, synthesise and present legal arguments in a structured, reasoned and coherent way in both written and oral modes;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Have developed the capacity to engage in life-long learning, including vocational training for the legal profession;
  • Work and communicate effectively as an individual and in teams in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings.