BCL (Hons) Law (Pathways)

University College Cork

Course Overview

The BCL at UCC is a comprehensive three-year law degree that ensures a critical understanding of the fundamentals of Irish and international law, together with exposure to a range of interesting elective areas of legal study.

Alternatively, a Law Pathways student can apply for a four-year degree path which will include one or two semesters on either a work or study abroad placement. Entry to Law (Pathways) provides a gateway to the study of law and allows students to shape their own period of study. At the core of each degree is a world-class learning experience facilitated by experts in many specialised areas of law, and you will develop a critical understanding of key law and policy issues.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

36 Months Full-time (3 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

The BCL (Clinical) includes a placement for at least one semester in a professional environment, including with law firms, NGOs and regulatory bodies. The BCL (International) incorporates at least one semester of study abroad at a law school in North America, Europe or Asia.
The School of Law operates a summer placement scheme, securing placements and internships for UCC Law students who wish to experience legal practice nationally and/or internationally during their summer holidays. This is in addition to the work placement aspect of the BCL (Pathways) and BCL (Law & Irish) degree programmes.

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 15,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Comprehensive legal education
  • Research-led teaching
  • A range of pathways
  • World-class Law School

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

At least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects.

  • Leaving Certificate:

English O6/H7
Irish O6/H7
Other Language O6/H7

  • IB: 31
  • A-Level: B B C

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better

Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie.

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake.

IELTS: College of Business and Law: All Programmes. 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL: College of Business and Law: All Programmes

  • TOEFL 80: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Business and Law: All Programmes. 59 Minimum individual sections 51″

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

The knowledge and skills acquired by UCC Law graduates equips them for an extensive array of careers, enhances their confidence and ability in the workplace, and provides a balanced and varied foundation regardless of career path pursued.
The School of Law at UCC places a huge emphasis upon the development of transferable skills through dedicated modules, including legal writing and analysis, research skills and a compulsory moot court module, all of which enhance the presentation and advocacy skills of all law students.