Law with Irish

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Do you have a desire to improve your Irish linguistic skills? Do you have an interest in studying law while having a critical mind, an analytical thinker, organisation skills, strong presentation skills and a great ability to work well with others? If you answered yes then this could be a good course for you.

What is Law with Irish?

Law and Irish will give you the opportunity to increase your Irish language skills while also gaining a respected BCL degree.

What 3rd level courses are available?

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

  • Law with Irish – UCD 


  • Law with Economics
  • Law with Philosophy
  • Law with History
  • Law with Social Justice

Studying Law with Irish 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 Irish separately but this course allows you to combine the two and study them together. There are PLC courses available that might give you  a taste for the world of Law which will generally be 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 Irish and become familiar with the basic principles and relevant subjects. You will become familiar with what is to come throughout your four year degree. Core modules you will study in your first and second year include Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, EU Law, Property Law and Criminal Law. 

In your first two years the Irish modules you will study will be particularly focused on Irish grammar, accuracy, fluency and writing skills which will include Forbairt na Gaeilge Acadúla and Teanga na Gaeilge. 

Throughout your third and fourth year, the law modules you will focus on modules that you can choose from a list of options. These options include Environmental Law, Family & Child Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Human Rights, Jurisprudence and Media Law. Having options between modules, also including clinical law modules (Advocacy & Mooting) it will allow you to specialise in particular areas of your interest. 

Throughout these last two year of your degree, you Irish modules will include Aistriúchán Dlíthiúil, Aistriúchán agus Dlí and Iriseoireacht na Gaeilge. The main focus of your Irish work throughout these two years is to give you training in language skills, analysis and research in relation to the development of legislation in Ireland as well as learning to translate laws and terminology. 

Career options

Career options in this area include careers in law, translation, legal research and more. By taking a language such as Irish with law, you are opening up a wider avenue of career prospects. 

There are many opportunities to continue on your studies at postgraduate level to specialise in a particular area of your interest. There are also many career opportunities in education and research with experience. 

Skills and requirements helpful in this area will 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, debating abilities, an open mind, professionalism and linguistic skills.

Related Jobs

  • Solicitor/through Irish
  • Barrister
  • Translator 
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Advisors
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer

Further Study

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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. 

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

Where can I study?

For other courses in the area you would like to explore, you can do so here.

Did you know?

  • According to the Proclamation of 1817, foods including porridge and potatoes were reserved for “lower orders of people”.
  • Irish is one of the oldest living languages in Europe 
  • According to the census in 2011, around 1.77 million people in Ireland can speak some level of Irish.


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Aedín Dunne

Law with Economics
Languages, Linguistics and Cultures


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