Law with Chinese

Law with Chinese allows you to undertake a degree in Irish law, whilst simultaneously acquiring a broad knowledge of Chinese society and a very high level of competence in Mandarin.

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
  • Non-Governmental Organisations



BCL (Law with Chinese) graduates may wish to pursue further studies, including MSc International Law and Business, LLM (International Commercial Law) or LLM
(Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law), all in UCD Sutherland School of Law. Both Renmin and CUPL have excellent graduate programmes and are among the best law schools in the world.

First & Second Year

  • First year focuses on the core Irish law modules of Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Tort, General Introduction to Irish legal System

This is combined with intensive Chinese language training and an introduction to Chinese culture and society. In second year, you’ll continue to build your knowledge of the foundations of Irish law, covering:

  • EU Law, Property Law, Criminal Law


You’ll also advance your Chinese language skills and deepen your knowledge of Chinese society.

Third Year

  • You’ll spend your third year at a partner university in Beijing, China (Renmin University or the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL)), where you’ll take some modules through Mandarin.

Fourth Year

  • On your return to UCD for the last year of your degree, you will undertake a dissertation on Chinese Law (in English). You’ll also choose modules, from the full range of Irish law modules including clinical modules from the School’s Clinical Legal Education Centre (CLEC).
  • Assessment includes end-of-semester examinations, essays and group projects.

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