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Law and Society (BCL)

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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3 Years
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Students taking this course will learn about the law and the social forces that affect law and the legal process and will engage critically with the possibilities of law reform.

The course combines innovative teaching on foundational law subjects (e.g constitutional law, contract law, criminal law) with critical perspectives on the practice of law and the wider role of law in society.

Year one comprises compulsory modules with optional modules in years two and three.

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Kevin describes his life as a Civil Law (Law and Society) student at DCU School of Law and Government.

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Read about this course from a student's perspective on DCU's Student Blogs

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DC232 - Law and Society (BCL)

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DC232 - Law and Society (BCL)
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions required in 5 Modules

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A third year abroad in one of the partner universities in Spain, Scotland China or Poland is an option.

Graduates enter careers as Trainee Barrister or Solicitor, work in Policy Evaluation and Research, in Public and Private Sector , NGOs and International and European Institutions

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