BCL/ Maitrise (LWS3)

This new dual degree programme provides an opportunity to acquire legal qualifications in both Ireland and France.

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This programme is for students who wish to obtain and equally good knowledge of Irish Law and French Law within the same programme, The programme enable students to proceed to professional training as lawyers in Ireland and elsewhere but also provides knowledge, skills and experience applicable in a wide variety of careers.



The programme is for students who wish to study Irish law in depth, whilst also acquiring a similar knowledge of French Law and a high level of competence in the French language and French legal terminology. We aim for students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who will profit from their knowledge and understanding of two culture and of two of the world's most important legal systems - the Common Law and Civil Law.



We strive for a learning environment that encourages students to work individually or as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others' leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Small group teaching, online collaboration and practice-based learning are key elements of this. Two years of the programme are spent at UCD and two years at a French partner university.



To these ends the programme uses teaching, learning and assessment approaches such as tutorials, seminars, supervised academic writing, work placement and simulations of professional practice.


1 - demonstrate specialised, detailed knowledge and understanding of the legal systems of Ireland, France and of the European Union.
2 - apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their specific work or vocation in the field of law.
3 - gather and interpret the relevant data from a variety of sources, both legal and factual, to inform judgments on problems within the major branches of law.
4 - make their own judgments, including the capacity to reflect on relevant political, social, economic, historical, or ethical issues associated with law.
5 - to communicate in English and/or French, information, ideas, problems and solutions, considering the importance of legal arguments in public policy debates, in an accessible and intelligible manner to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
6 - realise those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
7 - identify, in the field of legal scholarship, the relevant sources of law and commentary upon and analysis of it and to frame their own original legal arguments.
This dual degree programme provides an opportunity to acquire legal qualifications in both Ireland and France.

Students who successfully complete this programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Civil Law degree from UCD and a French law degree, the Maîtrise, from the University of Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Students will spend the first two stages in UCD studying for the BCL. The final two stages will be spent in the Faculty of Law at Paris II studying for the Maîtrise. The Maîtrise is a primary law degree
STAGES 1 & 2
During Stages 1 and 2 of the dual degree programme, you will study the normal range of legal subjects that are taken in the BCL and which are required by the professional legal bodies. In addition, you will take both French Public Law and French Private Law.

STAGES 3 & 4
Stages 3 and 4 are spent in Paris II and subjects are set by Paris II (see www.u-paris2.fr, Formation, LMD, Doubles diplômes).

TEACHING METHODS
At the UCD School of Law, various teaching methods are used including lectures, tutorials, seminars and project work. At least two hours of formal lectures are given each week for all subjects, which are supplemented by tutorials.
Stages 3 and 4 are spent in Paris II and subjects are set by Paris II (see www.u-paris2.fr, Formation, LMD, Doubles diplômes).
BCL/Maîtrise graduates can progress to professional legal training in Ireland or France. With fluency in the French language and a detailed knowledge of the French legal system, graduates of this programme are ideally prepared for careers as lawyers/linguists.

BCL/Maîtrise graduates often choose to undertake postgraduate study in EU law. Several graduates have obtained full scholarships to the renowned College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium.
UCD Law Programme Office Roebuck Castle Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 716 8342 Email: law@ucd.ie Web: www.ucd.ie/law
Stage 1

Students from Paris please choose option A modules and Toulouse students please choose option C modules.

Dont forget to choose tutorials where required.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Core Modules
     
LAW10050 Constitutional Law: Institutional Framework of the Constitution of Ireland Autumn

5

LAW10190 Negligence and Related Matters Autumn

5

LAW10340 Contract: Formation Autumn

5

LAW20330 EU Constitutional Law Autumn

5

LAW10060 Constitutional Law: Fundamental Rights under the Constitution of Ireland Spring

5

LAW10200 Nominate Torts Spring

5

LAW10350 Contract: Vitiating Factors and Remedies Spring

5

LAW20340 EU Economic Law Spring

5

Stage 1 Core Modules
     
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Paris Students choose all 4 modules in Option A
     
LAW10300 French Public Law 1(Introduction to French Constitutional Law) Autumn

5

LAW10420 Legal and Professional Skills Autumn

5

LAW10360 General Introduction to the Irish Legal System Spring

5

LAW10430 French Private Law 1 Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
Paris Students choose all 4 modules in Option A
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Toulouse Students choose all 4 modules in Option B
     
LAW20370 Property Law I Autumn

5

LAW20390 Criminal Liability Autumn

5

LAW20380 Property Law II Spring

5

LAW20400 Criminal Offences and Defences Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Toulouse Students choose all 4 modules in Option B
     
Stage 2 Core Modules
     
LAW20090 Company Law I Autumn

5

LAW20360 French Private Law 2 Autumn

5

LAW20370 Property Law I Autumn

5

LAW20390 Criminal Liability Autumn

5

LAW30060 Equity: History, Doctrines, Remedies Autumn

5

LAW30240 Administrative Law: Grounds of Review Autumn

5

LAW20170 Company Law II Spring

5

LAW20380 Property Law II Spring

5

LAW20400 Criminal Offences and Defences Spring

5

LAW27290 French Public Law 2 (Introduction to Administrative Law) Spring

5

LAW30230 Overview of Law Relating to Creation and Administration of Trusts Spring

5

LAW30290 Administrative Law: Remedies for Unlawful Administrative Action Spring

5


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