Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LL. B - Full-time

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At DBS 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.

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 Honourable Society of King's Inns entrance examinations the passing of which are a pre requisite for taking the Barrister-at-Law degree.

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.

Course Content

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LL.B has the following content:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Introduction to Legal Research Skills

Legal Systems

Criminal Law

Contract Law

Constitutional Law

IT Skills for Business

Learning to Learn

Core Modules

Mooting and Professional Practice

Law of Tort

European Union Law

Law of Real Property

Company Law

Elective Modules - Choose 1

Commercial Law

Project Planning and Control

People in Organisations

Core Modules

Equity and Trusts

Administrative Law

Contemporary Issues in Law

Elective Modules - Choose 3

Law of Evidence


Family Law

Employment Law

Taxation Systems

Project Planning and Techniques

Human Resource Management

Teaching & Assssment

In general first year modules are assessed by way of exam worth 60% and continuous assessment worth 40%. Some modules are assessed wholly via continuous assessment.

In second year, the exam weighting will increase in several of the modules, but is balanced by the inclusion of continuous assessment in each module. In final year there is a higher emphasis on examination weighting in most modules.

A blend of individual and group assessent has been factored into modules throughout the programme with a mix of the types of assessment in the modules.


Students study five substantive law modules in first year in addition to a module focused on the acquisition of legal research skills. There are also two semesterised modules in year 1.  First year subjects are compulsory. In second year students study five modules and students can choose their sixth module.

In year three there are three compulsory modules and students can select three other modules from a list of options.

Year 1

Four substantive law modules including and introduction to the Irish Legal System plus a module focused on the acquisition of legal research skills. Two semesterised modules include and Employability Module in addition to an IT Skills module.

Year 2

There are five mandatory modules and then learners can choose one further module - between a law module: Commercial Law and two cross discipline modules that are complementary to law: People in Organisations and Project Planning and Control.

Year 3

There are three mandatory modules and students can then choose three modules from a variety of law modules and cross discipline modules.

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.  

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.


The fees for Full-time Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (LL.B) are €6,250 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees. 

For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2019/2020 click here. You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time QQI programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code   Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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 any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.


EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person: 
(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level:
Level 8
Award Title: 
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB568

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