Law COURSES

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LL.B

Overview

Awarding Body:
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) - formerly Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)   QQI logo
Award Level:
Level 8 (Honours Bachelor Degree)
Title of Award:
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Award Type:  Major 
Course Length:
3 years, 3 evenings per week

DBS is delighted to announce that the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) is accredited by the Honorable Society of King's Inns for the purpose of eligibility to sit the entrance exams for the Barrister-at-Law degree programme. 

Why Study Law at DBS?

  • The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree is fully recognised by all of the Professional Legal bodies in Ireland including the Law Society of Ireland and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns.
  • Strong pastoral care ethos. 
  • Up to date careers guidance and counselling. 
  • Key transferable skills (including research, IT, presentational etc.) taught and developed through the course. 
  • Emphasis on advocacy training and mooting. 
  • Focus on examination technique. 
  • Competitive fee structure. 
  • Flexible delivery – daytime or evening classes. 
  • The study of law improves & develops the student's power of reasoning, clarity of thought and the ability to analyse and express complicated ideas. 
  • Studying law has an appeal to any student considering a career in the legal profession. 
  • A Law Degree opens up a range of career opportunities apart from the practice of law (commercial industry, social sciences, politics, the media and public service). 
  • You will be taught by very experienced and enthusiastic lecturers who really 'connect' with the students and most of whom have significant experience of legal practice which they use to illustrate and enrich their teaching. 
  • The curriculum is orientated towards employability. 
  • Track record of excellent examination results. 
  • You will receive a rounded and stimulating educational experience in Ireland's largest independent third level institution which comprises a diverse and vibrant student community over 9,000 strong, thus facilitating greater social, leisure and sporting opportunities than can be provided by smaller institutions.
Studying law at undergraduate level has an appeal to any student considering a career in the legal profession. A Bachelor of Laws degree provides a firm foundation for students wishing to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. The study of law improves and develops the student’s power of reasoning, clarity of thought and the ability to analyse and express complicated ideas. These skills also lend themselves to a wide variety of career options quite apart from private legal practice on completion of the programme.

Aims & Objectives

The programme aims to provide students with:
  • A sound educational experience that will enable them to acquire a solid grounding in legal principles, the fundamental features of the Irish legal system and the general transferable skills set down in the QA Law Benchmark Statement 2007 
  • A fundamental understanding of the core Irish legal subjects to facilitate progression to the professional stage of training in Ireland either with the Law Society of Ireland (Solicitors) or King’s Inns (Barristers) 
  • A range of graduate skills in preparation for employment in a wide variety of fields 
  • A positive approach to learning technologies 
  • The opportunity to develop a willingness to accept responsibility for their own learning, using initiative and self discipline and motivation 
  • A critical interest in the reform of the law 
  • An understanding of the institutions of the law, as well as their social, economic and political context 
  • An appreciation of the responsibilities of lawyers to the courts, the legal profession, the community and individuals within it 
  • The knowledge and skills to equip students for a range of careers in law and in other related fields. 

Teaching and Assessment

The law degree programme is taught mainly through lectures, seminars and workshops with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact hours. Most subjects are assessed by way of an assignment worth 15% of the overall marks, with 10% devoted to in seminar assessment and a sessional examination worth 75% of the overall marks for the subject.

Programme Content

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme has the following content.
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Teaching and Assessment

The law degree programme is taught mainly through lectures, seminars and workshops with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact hours. Most subjects are assessed by way of an assignment worth 15% of the overall marks, with 10% devoted to in seminar assessment and a sessional examination worth 75% of the overall marks for the subject.

Structure

Students earn sixty ECTS credits in each year.  First year subjects are compulsory.  In second year five modules are compulsory and one is chosen from a list of three. In third year three are compulsory and three are chosen from a choice of seven. 

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Laws degree provides a firm foundation for students wishing to train as solicitors or barristers. Additionally a law degree is one of the most respected undergraduate qualifications. It opens up a range of career opportunities apart from the practice of the law. Law graduates are employed in a wide variety of areas including commercial industry, social sciences, politics, the media and the public service. A legal education therefore opens more doors than just the practice of law.
Dublin Business School has a dedicated Careers and Appointments Services department who work to develop the career prospects of the student body by teaching employment skills to be utilised following graduation and throughout a student’s professional life. The Careers office additionally publicises recruitment campaigns and current vacancies that may be of interest to students.
Additionally, internships and work experience opportunities are developed by our Employer Liaison Officer, with many DBS graduates continuing on to work within the company where they have completed their work placement. 
For further information on the DBS Careers and Appointments Services, please visit the dedicated website

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) enables graduates who wish to qualify as solicitors, to sit the Law Society of Ireland entrance examinations. The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) also enables graduates to sit the Honorable Society of King’s Inns entrance examinations the passing of which are a pre requisite for taking the Barrister-at-Law degree.

Fees

The course fees for part-time Bachelor of Laws (Hons) are €5,100 per annum.
You can view all part-time undergraduate business and law degree course fees or why not contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to our students.
 
All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €1,375 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place.
The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

Standard Applicants - Evening Law Degrees

Standard Applicants for Bachelor of Laws (Hons)programme must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme, the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants - Evening Law Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.

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