Undergraduate
BCL Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice

NUI Galway

Course Overview


This is a unique degree offering in Ireland for students with an interest in both law and the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

** NEW IN SEPTEMBER 2020 **
Students have the opportunity to combine the study of a full undergraduate law degree with an additional specialization that focuses on the causes of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system. Students will have access to world-class academics that specialize in the fields of criminal law, criminal justice, criminology, psychology and human rights. On graduation, students will have completed all the modules required to support them to undertake the entrance exams for the Law Society of Ireland, should they wish to qualify as a solicitor. Students who wish to qualify as a barrister will have the option of taking all additional modules required by the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, through the Legal Professions specialized stream in the final year. Graduates of this programme will be well positioned to pursue careers as barristers or solicitors specializing in criminal law or working with the agencies and organisations of the criminal justice system. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a professional work placement in a leading law firm or organisation that specializes in criminal justice. Students on placement will be able to see the criminal justice system in action, thereby supplementing their academic education with practical experience. As an alternative to a work placement, students can also study abroad at partner institutions around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience their academic education in an international setting and to gain a different perspective on law, criminology and criminal justice.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options

Students will have the opportunity to work in firms with a substantial practice in criminal law, a statutory agency that has a criminal justice remit or national and international nongovernmental organisations (NGO). In advance of Professional Work Placement, law students receive one to one CV preparation advice along with interview support and coaching.


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

20

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,750

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Graduates of the Law (BCL) programme will be well equipped to succeed in professional studies at either the Law Society (solicitor) or the Honourable Society of King’s Inns (barrister).
  • Students will have the opportunity to work in firms with a substantial practice in criminal law, a statutory agency that has a criminal justice remit or national and international nongovernmental organisations (NGO).
  • Graduates of the Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice programme will be well prepared to pursue careers opportunities with criminal justice agencies (such as the Gardaí, Courts Service) as well the non-governmental sector, international organisations, statutory agencies and research institutes.
  • Students opting for study abroad will undertake criminology / criminal law / criminal justice focused modules in one of our partner Universities.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and any three other subjects recognized for entry purposes.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

n/a

Career Prospects


Graduates of the Law (BCL) programme will be well equipped to succeed in professional studies at either the Law Society (solicitor) or the Honorable Society of King’s Inns (barrister). Graduates of the Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice programme will be well prepared to pursue careers opportunities with criminal justice agencies (such as the Gardaí, Courts Service) as well the non-governmental sector, international organisations, statutory agencies and research institutes. This degree will also provide an excellent platform for graduates interested in working outside of the professions – as more and more areas of life are legally regulated, the comprehensive grounding in the law and the criminal justice process that graduates receive during this degree will make them attractive to a wide range of potential employers in industry and the public sector.

Notes


Work Placements: Students opting for study abroad will undertake criminology / criminal law / criminal justice focused modules in one of our partner Universities. Students can also take advantage of our links with leading international universities to spend a year studying abroad. Students will have the opportunity to take law and/or business modules taught through English.