Law and Chinese



The programme of Law & Chinese Studies allows students to undertake a degree in Irish law, whilst simultaneously acquiring a broad knowledge of Chinese law, Chinese culture and a very high level of competence in Mandarin and Chinese legal terminology. During this degree students will gain comparative insights which inform an enhanced critical perspective on Irish law. The third year is spent at a leading law school in China.


Studetns on the Law & Chinese Studies programme study a core set of law modules delivered by UCD Sutherland School of Law, as well as Chinese modules delivered by Irish Institute for Chinese Studies.

First Year

Students are going to acquire basic communicative competence in modern Chinese (Mandarin) through attention to listening, speaking, reading, writing and typing skills. Meanwhile, Chinese culture and society will be introduced.

First year law modules will focus on Irish laws including Constitutional Law and Contract Law.

Second Year

Students will advance their Chinese language skills through the intermediate level of Chinese language modules and gain an insight into Chinese law and the Chinese business environment.

Students will also continue to build their knowledge of the foundations of Irish Law covering Tort, Property Law and Criminal Law.

Third Year

Students will spend their third year in Beijing at prestigious Law schools to enhance their Mandarin and study Chinese and EU law.

Fourth Year

On returning to UCD for the last year of the degree, students will be required to complete a number of modules in Chinese law and to continue their intensive Chinese language training. They will also choose modules from a wide range of Irish law modules including clinical modules from the School's Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC).

Students will attend lectures and tutorials, in addition to engaging in study and preparatory work. Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester examinations, various in-class tests, assignments, essays and group work projects.


China is now the biggest trading nation in the world, and has been Ireland's largest trading partner in Asia since 2006 and is expected to become Ireland's fourth biggest trading partner by 2030. Thus, there is and will continually be a high demand for legal service for the increasing two way trade and investment between Ireland and China.

Graduates obtain a recognised degree in Irish law and are also particularly well placed to pursue legal careers with:

  • International law firms
  • European and international institutions
  • Chinese institutions
  • NGOs

BCL (Law & Chinese Studies) graduates may wish to pursue further studies, including: LLM Human Rights Law, LLM Commercial Law, LLM Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law, all in UCD Sutherland School of Law. Law schools in China also provide excellent graduate programmes.


Students will have chance to attend international summer school in China where they can learn Chinese as well as experiencing Chinese culture with international students from all over the world.

Students will spend their third year in Beijing at prestigious Law schools to enhance their Mandarin and study Chinese and EU law. This is an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Chinese language and culture. They can deepen their understanding of Chinese culture under international environment and enhance language skills that are valued by employers.



Scholarship for International Summer School at Renmin University of China

Renmin University of China, as a comprehensive research oriented university with its strength in social sciences and humanities, can serve as a window for a better understanding of China and Chinese people now and past. The Summer School, a new initiative of the university, provides opportunities for students worldwide to work together for new experience, knowledge and insights. The ISS program, offered to Law & Chinese Studies students who have finished the First Year study, does not focus only on the Chinese language, but on all aspects of Chinese life and culture. As a student in this emersion program, you will have opportunities to take part in well-organised projects, offer input in the management of the program, and interact with regular Renmin University students who can share their perspectives on life and living in China. You can apply for one-month scholarship to study in the International Summer School at Renmin University of China. The scholarship will cover registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, and accommodation fees on campus.

Scholarship for Third Year in China

You can apply for "Confucius Institute Scholarship", sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, for your third year of study in China. Outstanding applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be exempt from registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a one-off resettlement subsidy, monthly living allowance, outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. For detailed and updated information please visit the Confucius Institute Scholarship webpage:

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