Entry Points (2014)

Course Overview

The BA (Joint-Honours) in Law programme gives students the opportunity to combine the study of law with the study of other Arts subjects. In First Arts, students take Law as one of their three subjects and they take two other subjects from the Arts group of subjects. The average class size in first year is 200.

In Second Arts, there is a limit of 100 on the number of students admitted to Law. Places are allocated on academic merit, based on the results in the First Arts examination in Law.

The BA in Law gives you a solid grounding in law while also providing you with a well-rounded degree. There is a wide variety of subjects to choose from. Furthermore, those who wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister may proceed into the nal year of the LLB programme in NUI Galway so that they can complete some additional core law subjects necessary to meet the entrance and examination requirements of the legal professional bodies.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade HC3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate, including: Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements


3 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2014)

CCC (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting




PAC code

Course Outline

Year One

  • Irish Legal System
  • Law of Torts
  • Legal Skills

Plus two other subjects from the Arts subject groupings

Year Two

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Human Rights
  • Health Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Legal Methods

Plus one other subject from those chosen in first year

Year Three

  • European Union Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Administrative Law

Plus the other subject chosen in second year

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

While many graduates opt to go on to qualify as solicitors or barristers, a BA degree in Law is a recognised qualification for many careers, including working in journalism, the civil service, administration, non-governmental organisations and private industry.

To qualify as a solicitor, graduates must complete the professional training programme for solicitors with the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland. To qualify as a barrister, a graduate must undergo a one-year training programme with the barristers professional body at King's Inn and after this for at least a year with an experienced barrister. Students are advised to check the latest entry requirements with the relevant professional bodies:

The Incorporated Law Society (Solicitors)

The King's Inns (Barristers)

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,822 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Tuition

€2,598 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2017/18

Fees: Non EU

€12,750 p.a. 2017/18
EU Fees 2017/18:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Find out More

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
T 353 91 493954
F 353 91 495508
E collegearts@nuigalway.ie

What Our Students Say


Laura Freyne |   BA (Legal Studies)

...I initially chose to study Law at NUI Galway because its Arts course gave me a chance to experience a broad range of subjects and take on to degree level the ones that most interested me. I had also heard that college life in Galway is second to none; to this I can testify! Throughout my college life here, I have been an avid member and promoter of many clubs and societies and even became the Auditor of one in my final year. There are over 80 societies in NUI Galway so there is something for everyone! Today, I have a BA International Degree in Legal Science and French, which included an Erasmus year in Poitiers France, and also have completed the one year postgraduate LLB degree...