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Bachelor of Arts in Law and Accounting

Course Details

Course code:
LM020
Level:
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
Length:
4 Years
CAO points:
440
Course leader:
Jennifer Schweppe
Email: Tel:
00 353 61 213150

 

Admissions:

Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus

 

About you

You have an interest in both law and accounting and would like to pursue both subjects at University. You like reading, and have a mathematical mind. You like to solve problems, and are inquisitive. You are also self-disciplined and motivated. Designed as a joint honours degree, the BA in Law and Accounting offers you a full law degree and full accounting degree. Because at this stage, you may not know what career you would like to pursue, the BA Law and Accounting degree allows you to pursue either career, while using skills from both disciplines to enhance your chosen professional career path.

Why Study Law and Accounting at UL?

Within the business world a strong legal background assists the work of many accounting specialists. Equally, a firm grounding in all aspects of accounting, including taxation, deepens the lawyer’s understanding of business transactions. The course reflects a demanding, broad and practical programme of study which will provide you with a firm foundation in both law and accounting. The combination allows you to make your choice of profession when you have a better knowledge of your strengths and of the law and accounting disciplines.

What you will study

The programme is four years in duration. During the first four semesters, in addition to studying the core subjects of Law and Accounting, you will also study Economics, Taxation and Mathematics. In semester 2 of 3rd year, an eight-month period of Cooperative Education provides you with an opportunity to apply the theory you have acquired in a practical work environment. You return to campus at the beginning of Year 4 and continue with your studies in the core subjects of Law and Accounting. In each of these final two semesters, you will choose five modules from a variety of subjects to maximise your exposure to either Law or Accounting, or any combination of both disciplines that suits your needs. You also have the opportunity to undertake a Final Year Project, which is a research project on a topic of your choosing.

Exemptions

Exemption is granted to students who hold an honours Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Accounting as follows:

The Law Society of Ireland
The Bachelor’s degree in Law and Accounting covers the core subjects required by the Law Society of Ireland Final Examination, Part I.

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns
The Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Accounting may constitute an approved law degree for the purposes of taking the entrance examination of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns if students have studied Jurisprudence and Administrative Law, along with the core law modules in this programme. NOTE: As exemptions are under continual review, please contact the School of Law at UL for the most recent information.

Accounting Exemptions
Exemption is granted to students who hold an honours Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Accounting as follows:

Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
CA Proficiency 1 (CAP1): Graduates with a minimum 2.2 award will, under certain conditions, be exempt from CAP 1.
CA Proficiency 2 (CAP2): No exemption
Final Admitting Exam (FAE): No exemption

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Fundamentals: Exempt from 7 out of 14 papers
Professional: No exemption

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA)
Foundation 1: Exempt from all 3 papers
Foundation 2: Exempt from all 4 papers
Professional 1: Exempt from 2 out of 6 papers
Professional 2: No exemption

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in Ireland (CIMA)
Certificate in Business Accounting: Exempt from all 6 papers
Managerial level: Exempt from 2 out of 6 papers
Strategic level: No exemption

Institute of Taxation in Ireland (ITI)
Income Tax Fundamentals: Exempt Financial Reporting & Tax Accounting
Fundamentals: Exempt
Law Fundamentals: Exempt
Capital Gains Tax Fundamentals: No exemption
Part 2: No exemption
Part 3: No exemption

This information applies to 2018 graduates. Graduates of Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Accounting are not in any way prejudiced by virtue of their joint degree, and get the same exemptions as any graduate with a degree in Accounting.

The programme is four years in duration. During the first four semesters, in addition to studying the core subjects of Law and Accounting, you will also study Economics, Taxation and Mathematics. In semester 2 of 3rd year, an eight-month period of Cooperative Education provides you with an opportunity to apply the theory you have acquired in a practical work environment. You return to campus at the beginning of Year 4 and continue with your studies in the core subjects of Law and Accounting. In each of these final two semesters, you will choose five modules from a variety of subjects to maximise your exposure to either Law or Accounting, or any combination of both disciplines that suits your needs. You also have the opportunity to undertake a Final Year Project, which is a research project on a topic of your choosing.

Year 1 Semester 1   Semester 2 Summer
AC4001 Principles of Accounting AC4002 Managerial Accounting  
EC4101 Microeconomics EC4102 Macroeconomics  
LA4001 Legal System and Method MA4302 Applied Statistics for Accounting  
LA4111 Contract Law 1 LA4122 Contract Law 2  
LA4211 Criminal Law 1 LA4222 Criminal Law 2  

 

Year 2 Semester 3   Semester 4 Summer
FI4003 Finance AC4034 Accounting and Auditing Frameworks  
TX4204 Capital Taxation AC4024 Financial Accounting and Reporting  
LA4033 Law of the European Union 1 LA4044 Law of the European Union 2  
LA4430 Constitutional Law 1 LA4440 Constitutional Law 2  
LA4310 Law of Torts 1 LA4320 Law of Torts 2  

 

Year 3 Semester 5   Semester 6 Summer
AC4305 Financial Information Analysis CO4320 Cooperative Education  
FI4015 Corporate Finance      
TX4305 Taxation Theory and Practice      
LA4610 Land Law 1      
LA4022 Commercial Law      

 

Year 4 Semester 7   Semester 8 Summer
  Students elect 5 modules from   Students elect 5 modules from  
AC4007 Advanced Financial Reporting AC4418 Management Accounting 2  
AC4417 Management Accounting 1 TX4008 International Tax  
LA4810 Equity and Trusts 1 LA4828 Equity and Trusts 2  
TX4007 Taxation for Corporates LA4620 Land Law 2  
LA4530 Company Law 1 LA4540 Company Law 2  
BS4447 Project 1 BS4448 Project 2  
    AC4018 Corporate Transparency and Business Ethics  

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.

In addition, applicants must hold at least an O4/H7 grade in Mathematics.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1 February.

This degree will equip you for a variety of careers where you will be able to make use of the skills and knowledge acquired in the programme, including

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Solicitor
  • Barrister-at-Law
  • Funds Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Corporate Banker
  • Legal Advisor
  • Accountant
  • Investment Manager
  • Taxation Advisor
  • Insurance Claims
  • Management
  • Civil Service Manager
  • Teacher
  • Asset Leasing Manager
  • Equity Trader
  • Compliance Officer
  • Academic lecturer (3rd level)

Follow on Study

Related postgraduate options at UL include:

  • MSc in Financial Services
  • MSc in Computational Finance
  • Master of Taxation
  • LLM Master of Laws in International Commercial Law
  • LLM Master of Laws in Human Rights in Criminal Justice
  • LLM Master of Laws (General)

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Aine O’Dea

A Day in the Life Of……… a tax accountant

Law and Accounting at UL equipped me with many skills essential to my day to day role working as an accountant and tax advisor in the tax department of KPMG. The course gave me an excellent base in subjects such as financial accounting, management accounting and tax which were essential to my successful completion of the FAE Chartered Accounting exams as well as integral to my day to day work. The law modules covered gave me the skills necessary to analyse case law and legislation which are core skills required in giving tax advice and identifying tax planning opportunities.

My work is interesting and varied and includes calculating tax charges, analysing tax planning scenarios and communicating tax advice in a clear and concise way to clients. My role involves working as part of a team with clients, Revenue Commissioners, managers and colleagues while each day developing tax technical skills, tax research skills and general business acumen.

Aine is currently employed as a Tax Consultant at KPMG.

Anita Parker

When my Guidance Counsellor advised me of UL’s strong graduate employment record, I knew this was the course for me. With a good mix of modules between Business and Law subjects, I know I will graduate with the required subjects to take professional exams in either accounting or law.

The course also provides great exemptions - these are of great benefit to those going into the working world as it is one less set of exams to study for, whilst balancing work at the same time. Students wishing to pursue the ACA accounting exams are fully exempt from the CAP1 exams and only have to sit the CAP2 and FAE exams. Not all accounting courses provide full CAP1 exemptions like this UL course does.

The Co-op program here at UL gives students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in the working world. This is a real advantage when applying for graduate jobs, as many courses outside UL do not have this element. As a final year student, I have found that employers from all areas, accounting, law, management consultancy etc. are lining up to employ us. The majority of my colleagues on this course will graduate knowing that they have a job when our carefree UL days are no more.

I did my co-op placement with KavanaghFennell, an insolvency company in Dublin. I decided to do my coop with this firm as I was unfamiliar with the whole area of insolvency and it was such a topical issue at the time. During my placement I worked mainly on receiverships, both corporate and personal. Every day was different; I encountered new issues in every case and I enjoyed this challenge and the opportunity to learn. I received invaluable hands-on experience of dealing with clients, creditors, banks, the Revenue Commissioners and many other agencies.

Since Co-op, I have been accepted into the graduate training program with the accounting firm KPMG. My co-op was of real advantage - being able to discuss my work experience during the interview was of great benefit and no doubt it contributed to me being offered the place. Thanks UL!

Aidan Fahy

For me, a career as a tax lawyer gives a wonderful opportunity to utilise and bring together all aspects of my degree - law, accounting and tax. In my job, no two days are ever the same. The requirements of each client can differ and the law changes at least annually. Our company advises international companies doing business in and through Ireland, so the work is always interesting and varied. My work typically involves advising receivers and liquidators on insolvency related tax queries or perhaps guiding individuals on wealth management, acquisitions and disposals of their personal assets.

I chose UL as I believed that the availability of Co-op was hugely significant and it turns out I was right. I was fortunate enough to work here at MOP on Co-op. That placement led to a training contract with the firm and I have been here ever since.

Aidan is a Partner in the tax department of law firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice in Dublin.

James Quirke

I chose this course for the Coop programme, to gain practical experience in a law firm. Co-op allowed me to develop many skills, and gave me an insight into the disciplines underlying my degree. My co-op placement was a valuable experience. I am now studying for the Law Society entrance exams.

UL has an excellent reputation with employers and we benefit from that professional network. The facilities at UL are excellent. For example, the Business School has a Wall Street style Trading Room!

During my time at UL, I enjoyed meeting other students as part of projects assigned throughout the course. We participated in the Irish Taxation Institute ‘Fantasy Budget’ competition which allowed us to apply our knowledge to practical situations.

James’ tip: Think carefully about the course you choose. Talk to people who work in that field to find out more about what they do on a day-to-day basis.