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

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The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme at DBS offers a three year law degree programme where the learner studies all the core aspects of Irish law. The design of the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme not only ensures that graduates are eligible to proceed to training with the professional bodies, but also, through the embedding of a central skills pillar, ensures that graduates will be placed in an optimal position to enter the employment arena in the many other legal and associated fields that exist within the current marketplace. 
The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) is designed to facilitate progression to the Law Society of Ireland (Solicitors), and approved 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 enables learners to proceed to apply to study for professional qualifications in Ireland with both 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.


Aims and Objectives

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme aims to provide learners with a rigorous legal education. The programme aims to create in learners a critical understanding of foundational legal concepts and principles, and an ability to make connections between them and appreciate the relationship between the various areas of law. It also aims to enhance the practical skills of the learners, such as analysis, research, communication, interpersonal and organisation skills. The content, depth and breadth of the modules on the programme ensure that learners develop their understanding across the breadth of the core legal areas, along with some more specialised ones, as well as allowing learners to explore certain areas in more detail to allow for full expression of their analytical and reasoning abilities.
The programme also aims to prepare learners for progression to professional legal qualifications in Ireland by requiring students to develop a fundamental understanding of the core Irish legal subjects to facilitate progression to the Law Society of Ireland (Solicitors) or the Honorable Society of King’s Inns (Barristers) Examinations. 
At the same time it is recognised that while, initially, many students will aspire to qualify professionally and engage in private practice, a significant number of our graduates will enter different career pathways. Accordingly, the programme aims to equip students for a range of careers by using teaching and learning techniques that develop their intellectual and transferable skills. These skills are designed to strengthen their employability in careers that may be unrelated to the professional practice of law.
Widening access to the benefits to be derived from a rigorous legal education remains the core justification for the programme. In addition, emphasis is also placed on strengthening the transferable skills dimension of the programme in order to enhance the employment opportunities of our graduates.
The programme objectives are to allow learners to:

  • Acquire a solid grounding in legal principles and the fundamental features of the Irish legal system.

  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the core Irish legal subjects.

  • Progress to the professional stage of training in Ireland with the Law Society of Ireland or the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, if desired.

  • Develop a range of transferable skills including the powers of inquiry, critical analysis and logical thinking, initiative, independent learning and commitment to scholarship.

  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the role of law within society.



All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

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

IT Skills for Law

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law

Legal Systems

Contract Law


Core Modules

Mooting and Professional Practice

Law of Tort

European Union Law

Law of Real Property

Company Law

Commercial Law


Core Modules

Contemporary Issues in Law

Equity and Trusts

Administrative Law

Elective Modules - Choose 3


Family Law

Law of Evidence

Employment Law

International Law



Teaching and Assessment

The assessment tasks for each module have been designed to be part of the wider programme. The programme as a whole contains a variety of different assessments to test different skills such as written and oral communication skills, problem solving and persuasion skills amongst others. Assessment types will include research essays, responding to problem questions, presentations, in class tests and participation in a moot. Many modules will also include traditional style examination as an assessment type.

Exams also play an important part in the assessment strategy. In addition, because both of the legal professional bodies, the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and the Law Society, require entrants to sit and pass a number of exams before proceeding to professional qualification, exam taking itself is regarded as an important skill to develop over the course of the programme. The programme is designed to build from a smaller number of lower weighted exams in Year 1 to a higher number of more heavily weighted exams in Year 3.

Awarding Body and NFQ Level

This programme has been validated and approved by the Irish state agency, QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland). The programme is positioned at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), a framework for the development, recognition, and award of qualifications in Ireland. The programme is listed on the Irish Register of Qualifications.

The BA (Hons) in Law qualifications is approved by King’s Inns for the purposes of eligibility to sit the Entrance Examination to the degree of Barrister-at-Law professional course. In order to retain this eligibility, delivery and assessment of the programme may be subject to additional requirements which do not apply to other programmes or to modules which are cross listed with other programmes.

Under QQI, DBS is obliged to carry out reviews and re-submit the programme for re-approval on a cyclical basis. This means that, during your programme of study, there may be changes to programme content or delivery. Where this occurs, transition arrangements are carefully considered to ensure coherence and consistency for learners.

At all times, delivery of the programme must be in compliance with the approved programme and to achieve the recognised award learners must fulfil all assessment criteria.


Students study set modules in year one and year two. In year three there are three compulsory modules and students can select three other modules from a list of options.

All learners are expected to attend in person in class.

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.  

Further Study Options 

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 prerequisite for taking the Barrister-at-Law degree.

Based on successful completion of the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) learners may progress to a Level 9 NFQ programme in law or related areas.



The fees for Full-time Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (LL.B) are €6,375 per annum for EU students.

Click here to view international fees.

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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
Next Intake: September 2024

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