Law at Trinity is offered as a Single Honors programme or as a Joint Honors course offered with the following combinations: Business, History, Political Science and French or German.
Our undergraduate programmes are research-based and research-led. Leading subject-experts teach modules, challenging students to develop their own critical understanding of law. Through their study of diverse areas of law, students develop their own ability to research the law, make legal arguments, critically evaluate the role that law plays in society, and present legal analysis in coherent form, both written and oral. The programmes are designed to equip students with critical and analytical skills.
In the first two years, students take compulsory foundational modules such as constitutional law, criminal law and contract law, mostly taught by senior professors. These building blocks of a legal education equip students with the core skills of legal research, case analysis and legislative interpretation. In the third and fourth years, students choose from a range of modules that develop those core skills. Smaller classes, mostly taught through a seminar format, compel students to develop new perspectives, articulate their own analysis and defend their own arguments.
Students on our Joint Honors degree programme study fewer law modules but have the opportunity to relate their legal knowledge and skills to disciplines such as business, history and political science. Students on our Joint Honors law and French/German programmes must go on exchange in their third year. For all other students, there is an optional exchange programme in third year, subject to meeting the requisite academic standard. Trinity Law School has links with many of the leading Law Schools in the world, such as the Sorbonne, Bologna, Fudan (Shanghai), Hong Kong University, Sydney University and Notre Dame.
The study of law will appeal to you if you are interested in society, governance and current affairs. If you like to be challenged and intellectually stimulated then one of our law degrees may be for you. A general interest in history and political developments will be an advantage, as the law is deeply linked to its historical and political context
It involves learning legal rules, interpreting, applying and critiquing legal principles. It requires the development of the skills of argument and advocacy as well as critical analysis and reasoning. 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.