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Bachelor in Law and Political Science

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CAO Code TR020

Number of Places:

45 in total for the 3 Joint Honours programmes. (Law & Business, Law and Pol Sci, Law & History)
CAO Points (2020) 602

Programme Overview

Law regulates every aspect of social life. From the contracts that we make when we buy products or services to the laws that determine when people can be jailed for committing criminal offences, to significant political decisions, such as the referendum to provide for marriage equality. The two disciplines of Law and Political Science are intrinsically linked and directly impact every aspect of our daily lives. The role and power of the constitution and judiciary, human rights and international law, the impact of the EU and Irish law are best understood when both subjects are considered. This course provides the opportunity to learn about Law and Political Science and better understand their relation to each other.

Is this Programme right for me?

As a student of law and political science, you learn about laws - what they are, how they work and how they change – in their broader political context. As well as learning the skills of a lawyer, you learn the skills of a social scientist. The Law and Political Science degree trains students to be self-motivated, ethically aware and critically reflective citizens. If your career or intellectual interests lie in politics and public service, you will be greatly strengthened by knowledge of the law. If you are interested in pursuing a legal career, your study of law will be informed by a wider political understanding. Either way, the Law and Political Science degree may be the course for you.

Programme Structure

Law and Political Science is a four-year honours degree programme. The first year introduces you to core topics in law and political science. This includes developing your legal skills through the Foundations of Law module.

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

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

The attached sheets, will indicate which pathways lead professional routes open to students.

In the final year of your programme, 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 you choose to major in Political Science your Capstone project will comply with the Department of Political Science curriculum.

Optional Study Abroad

You may choose to apply to study abroad in your third year of studies.  Students may apply to spend a semester or full academic year on an exchange programme with one of the Schools or University’s partners.  Details can be found on our Study Abroad page (below).

Professional requirements and Career Opportunities

The programme will provide students with strong management skills and an in-depth specialisation in law. Graduates will be well prepared for demanding and rewarding careers in both the legal and business professions; particularly in areas where the two disciplines coincide. We expect graduates to accept positions in law, business, taxation, finance and accounting, general management, employment relations and the civil service.

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 Political Science as a Minor subject or Single Honors Law.

Should you choose to spend 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. Foundations of Law 1 and 2
  4. Introduction to Political Science
  5. Introduction to Sociology
  6. Introduction to Economic Policy

Year 2: Senior Freshman Year

In your second year you may choose your pathway which will lead to an award of LL.B. (Law and Political Science), BA or Single Honors Law (LL.B.) or BA (Joint Honors or Single Honors Political Science). Students who wish to enter professional legal practice are advised to consider the Law Major (or Single Honors in Law) from the SF year onwards.

Law Major / Political Science Minor

(40 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS of Political Science)

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Equity


Optional Political Science modules (20 ECTs) from:

History of Political Thought A: The Greeks to the Renaissance
International Relations A: Theories of International Politics
Comparative Politics A: The Comparative Politics of Democracies
History of Political Thought B: Modernity and Its Critics
International Relations B: Topics and Treaties
Comparative Politics B: The Comparative Politics of the Developing World
Economy of Ireland A
Economy of Ireland B

Joint

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Equity
Land Law and
Optional Political Science modules (20 ECTs) (see above)

Or
Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Optional Political Science modules (40 ECTs) (see above)

Or
Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law and
Optional Political Science modules (20 ECTs) see above and
Optional Trinity Electives/Open Moules (20 ECTS)

Law Minor / Political Science Major

Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law, and

Optional Political Science modules (40 ECTs) (see above)

Single Honors Law / Political Science

Students may choose to take a Single Honors pathway in either Law or Political Science.

If pursuing a Single Honors Law programme, students must study Constitutional Law I
Criminal Law
Equity
Land Law, and
Trinity electives/open modules worth 20 ECTS


Please see Single Honors programme in Law for general course structure.

Optional Political Science modules (40 ECTs) (see above) and
Trinity electives/open modules worth 20 ECTS

 

Year 3: Junior Sophister Year

Students may also apply to spend either one or two terms of their Junior Sophister year abroad, on an Erasmus or international exchange programme, at any university with which the Law School or Department of Political Science have links.

Law Major / Political Science Minor

A: (40 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS of Political Science) or

B: (30 ECTS Law / 30 ECTS Political Science)

 

Administrative Law (compulsory)
Company Law (optional)
EU Law (compulsory)
Evidence (optional) and optional Law modules (Please see Single Honors programme in Law for further details)

Research Methods for Political Scientists - A & B
Political Violence A & B
Irish Politics A & B
Public Opinion
Political Institutions of the US
Democracy and Development A & B
Political Participation
European Union Politics A & B
Contemporary Issues and Controversies in US Politics

Joint

(30 ECTS Law / 30 ECTS of Political Science)

Administrative Law (compulsory)
Company Law (optional)
EU Law (compulsory)
Evidence (optional) and optional Law modules (Please see Single Honors programme in Law for further details)

Research Methods for Political Scientists - A & B
Political Violence A & B
Irish Politics A & B
Public Opinion
Political Institutions of the US
Democracy and Development A & B
Political Participation
European Union Politics A & B
Contemporary Issues and Controversies in US Politics

Law Minor / Political Science Major

A: (20 ECTS Law / 40 ECTS Political Science) or

B: (30 ECTS Law / 30 ECTS Political Science)

Administrative Law (compulsory)
Company Law (optional)
EU Law (compulsory)
Please see Single Honors programme in Law or below for optional Law modules)

Research Methods for Political Scientists - A & B
Political Violence A & B
Irish Politics A & B
Public Opinion
Political Institutions of the US
Democracy and Development A & B
Political Participation
European Union Politics A & B
Contemporary Issues and Controversies in US Politics

In order to be eligible to take modules there may be SF pre-requisites.

Single Honors Law / Political Science

Please see Single Honors programme in Law for general course structure and Political Science for Single Honors course structure.

 

Year 4: Senior Sophister Year

Law Major / Political Science Minor

A: (60 ECTS Law /) or

B: (40 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS Political Science)

 

Capstone in Law (compulsory)
Legal Philosophy (optional)
Please see Single Honors programme in Law or below for optional Law modules)

Research Seminar
Issues in Contemporary Politics
Contemporary International Relations
African Politics
Topics in Political Science
Chinese Politics
The Politics of Policy Making
Political Psychology
Autocracy and Human Rights
Women and Politics

In order to be eligible to take modules there may be JS pre-requisites.

Joint

(20 ECTS Law / 20 ECTS Political Science and Capstone in Law or Political Science)

Capstone Law / Political Science (compulsory)
20 Optional Law modules (Please see Single Honors programme in Law for further details)

20 Optional Political Science modules (see above)

Law Minor / Political Science Major

A: (60 ECTS Political Science/) or

B: (20 ECTS Law / 40 ECTS Political Science)

Please see Single Honors programme in Law or below for optional Law modules)

Capstone Political Science

See above for optional Political Science modules.

Single Honors Law / Political Science

Please see Single Honors programme in Law for general course structure and Political Science for Single Honors course structure.

Modules on offer may vary from year to year. The Schools of Law and Department of Political Science reserve the right to substitute, remove or add to the offerings on offer each year.

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 the substantive theories, frameworks and models, both qualitative and quantitative, that are used in fields of enquiry related to law and political science;
  • Use appropriate theories from the fields of law and political science, as well as basic IT skills, to identify, analyse and solve a variety of problems in the private and/or public sectors of society within appropriate contexts;
  • Conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary at both the national and international levels;
  • Add to the body of knowledge in the fields of law and political science;
  • Work effectively as an individual and in teams in multi-disciplinary settings;
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and independence in order to engage productively with a changing social, cultural and technological environment;
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written modes in professional and academic settings;
  • Have the capacity to engage in life-long learning, including in practitioner, academic or other fields.