Law with Social Justice

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Are you interested in different world issues and the relationship of those issues to law? Are you confident, an excellent communicator, a critical thinker and a problem solver? If so, you have some of the basic qualities needed to study and  work in the area of Law with Social Justice. 

What is Law with Social Justice?

Law and Social Justice will look at issues such as equality, diversity and disadvantage and look in-depth at the social context in which law operates.

What 3rd level courses are available?

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

  • Law and Social Justice – UCD


  • Religious Education and Social Justice
  • Social Justice – Social Sciences, Two Subject Combination

Studying Law with Social Justice in college

There are a number of courses both PLC and undergraduate courses available in the area of Law and Social Policy. This particular course is offered by UCD and is four years long. Generally, PLC courses in the area will be one year long while undergraduate courses will range from 3-4 years. All courses will give you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in the area of law and social justice in order to work successfully in the field.

Your first year of an undergraduate course will act as a foundation year where you will cover the basic principles of Law with Social Justice. You will also gain an insight into what is to come throughout the four years of your course. Your second year will introduce you to more complex and in-depth material. Modules you will study over the first two years include Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Global Justice, Inequality in Irish society, EU Law, Property Law and Criminal Law. 

Throughout your first two years you will focus on areas of social justice and develop your knowledge in human rights, social justice, political economy, racism and gender, power and politics. 

Your third and fourth year will engage with wider areas including Criminological Theory, Environmental Law, Public International Law, EMployment Law, Matrimonial Law, Family and Child Law, Inequality in the Labour Market, Discrimination: Law and Society, Gender, War and Violence, Masculinities, Childhood and Global Justice among other options you can choose from. 

Career options

There are a few different routes you can take with this undergraduate degree. The majority of people who graduate with a degree in Law and Social Justice will work in roles such as legal practice as a solicitor or barrister, legal advisors or researchers, work in public policy, human rights practice, advocacy and/or research and more.

There is also the opportunity to continue on your studies at postgraduate level to specialise in an area of your interest. Research and education roles are also available in this area once you have gained some experience in the field.

Skills and qualities important to have 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, debating abilities, an open mind, ability to create relationships with clients and a professional manner. 

Related Jobs

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Advisors
  • Researchers
  • Public Policy
  • Criminology
  • Legal Advisor

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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 for a Law with Social Justice course were 544 points to study in UCD last year. 

Where can I study?

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

Did you know?

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