Law with Economics

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If you have an interest in combining the world of Law and the world of Economics then this course might be for you. If you have excellent communication skills, an analytical mind, you’re a critical thinker and you can work with numbers, this might be worth having a look at. 

What is Law with Economics?

Law is the system of rules and regulations in a country/community/state that regulate actions of its people. Economics studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

What 3rd level courses are available?

Universities and colleges in Ireland are offering courses in the following subject areas: 

  • Law with Economics – UCD


  • Law with Irish
  • Law with Economics
  • Law with Philosophy
  • Law with History

Studying Law with Economics in college

This course is offered by UCD and is a Level 8, four year course. There are many other courses in both Law and Economics separately but this course allows you to combine the two and study them together. There are also PLC courses which may be able to offer you an insight into what an undergraduate course will be like. PLC courses are 1-2 years in length. 

In your first year of any undergraduate course, you will gain a storm foundation in the area of Law and Economics and become familiar with the basic principles and relevant subjects. You will become familiar with what is to come throughout your four year degree. The modules you will cover in your first year will include Constitutional Law, Contract Law and Tort Law as well as quantitative economics and macroeconomics. 

In your second year you will become familiar with more in-depth and complex areas including EU Law, Property Law, Criminal Law. Economics and statistics will also be a main focus in your second year. Within your third and final year you will choose from a  range of modules on which you’d like to continue to study and to specialise in. Options available include Revenue Law, Intellectual Property Law, Trusts Law, Employment Law, Competition Law in Practice, Commercial Law, International Monetary Economics, Game Theory and Macro-Economics.

This course also offers the opportunity to study abroad in a range of different countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, the USA, the UK and many more.

Career options

Career options in this area include careers in law, translation, legal research and more. Careers in economics are very diverse and there are a lot of options so by combining both subjects in one degree you are opening up many different potential career opportunities.

You may also continue on your study at postgraduate level and specialise in a particular area of your interest. There is also the option of going the education and research route in your career once you gain some experience in the field. 

Qualities and skills helpful in this area include excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, organisation skills, the ability to work well with others, a critical thinker, an analytical mind, a problem-solving attitude, time management skills, confidence, strong presentation and speaking skills, ability to work with numbers and professionalism. 

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Different courses and different colleges will have different entry requirements. It’s always safest to check with the individual higher education institution which is available on their websites. As a general rule Leaving Cert students should have a minimum of six subjects which should include: Two H5 (Higher Level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary Level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. 

PLC courses will accept Leaving Certificate results. Specific courses may have their own requirements.Certain QQI courses may be accepted. This particular course reserves a certain number of spaces for those who have completed their PLC courses and meet the necessary criteria.

The points needed to study this course last year in UCD were 544 points. 

Where can I study?

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Did you know?

  • Economics is considered a social science
  • No economic theory can explain Singapore’s economy which is labelled the ‘Singapore problem’
  • Investment and income are closely related to economics


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Law with Irish


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