Key Info

Bachelor of Laws in Common and Civil Law

NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree
CAO points history
New Programme
Course code
4 years
Subject area
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Director
Eddie Keane
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The School of Law is pleased to announce this new programme commencing September 2024. Students will spend their first two years at University of Limerick and their second two at the partner institution, Université de Franche Comté in France. Graduates will be awarded degrees in both common law and civil law meaning they will be well-equipped to work in the legal environments in Ireland and abroad.

About you 

If you enjoy working out solutions to problems that occur in everyday life, and you would like the opportunity to live and study at a top university in France as part of your degree, then the LLB in Common and Civil Law will be of interest to you. If you are interested in French and would like to be awarded both an Irish law degree and a French Law degree, then you should consider this course.     

Why study Common and Civil Law at UL?

The study of law is an enriching educational experience that provides intellectual stimulation and exposure to decision-making and argumentative skills. The LLB in Common and Civil Law programme provides an opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree in both Common Law (The Irish/UK legal system) and Civil Law (the system used in most mainland European jurisdictions). Graduates can therefore expect to have a wide variety of options open to them upon graduation.   

University of Limerick moot court and appellate court facilities are utilised throughout the programme to develop these skills and ensure our students graduate equipped to deal with working in the legal environments in Ireland and France. These skills are of course transferable and of great benefit to those who choose to pursue a career outside of law.    

Through enhancing existing links with our partner institution, the Université de Franche Comté, UFR Sciences Juridiques, Économiques, Politiques et de Gestion, University of Limerick can offer students a first-class experience of living and studying in the picturesque city of Besancon while achieving a legal education that opens opportunities throughout Europe and the European Union.  

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What you will study

The programme is four years in duration, of which the first two academic years are spent on campus at University of Limerick and the second two academic years are spent at the Université de Franche Comté, Besançon, France. The programme consists of five law modules per semester in each institution. Modules are designed to provide you with a mastery of the discipline of law through the study of the core legal subjects which are considered essential to achieving a recognised bachelor’s degree in each country; e.g. Contract Law, Tort Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Equity and Trusts, EU Law, Land Law, Administrative Law, the Law of Evidence, etc.   

A variety of assessment methods are used in each institution, ranging from partaking in a moot (replica) court case, through essay writing, to the more traditional timed examinations. 


The Bachelor of Laws (Law Plus) covers the core subjects required for the Law Society of Ireland Final Examination, Part 1, and is an approved degree for the purpose of Rule 4 of the Education Rules of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. The degree is also recognised for admissions to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens. Please contact the School of Law, University of Limerick, for further information.  


The differences between the Common Law system (as operated in Ireland) and the Civil Law system (as operated in most European jurisdictions) stem from the basic sources of law in each jurisdiction. In a Civil Law system, the basic source of law are the ‘Codes’ or lists of laws. These Codes are then applied by a judge to a particular case in the court. Whereas in a Common Law system, the basic source of law is the decision of a judge in a particular case, which is written down and followed in similar cases (the concept of precedent). Although the Common Law system, particularly in Ireland, also incorporates a written constitution and written legislation.  

Besides the benefit of being able to progress to professional legal training in either jurisdiction, students also benefit from being immersed in the culture of France, and its legal institutions. Students who study in both systems can apply the knowledge acquired in one system – particularly the transferable skills (legal logic, etc.) – to the other system thus enriching their experience of both systems.   

Our partner university teaches some modules in English, and the balance through French. There is no guarantee that any, or all, of a student’s modules will be taught through English.   

Yes. As students are admitted to the programme with the intention of spending two years in France, they will require an interest in French and an understanding of the language before being allowed to enrol. Students will then be supported in improving their language skills to the level required for legal study in France.  

No; as there are only two years of study in each institution, the modules required for progressing to professional legal education must take priority. Therefore, there is not an opportunity for a cooperative education placement.    

As the LLB in Common and Civil Law is a dual degree programme, both institutions award a degree – the student will graduate from both institutions.  

Follow-on study

After finishing your Law degree, you may decide to continue your studies and pursue a master’s degree or PhD. Both Universities offer several innovative and interesting postgraduate programmes   

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

At the time of an offer, an applicant is required to hold the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent), with a minimum of six subjects.

Results must include:

• Grade H5 (Higher Level)or better in at least two subjects and • Grade O6 (Ordinary Level)/H7 (Higher Level) or better in at least four subjects 
Notwithstanding the above, an applicant must have a minimum of an F6 in Mathematics, an O6/H7 in English, and an O6/H7 in another recognized language. Applicants must also have a Grade O6 (Ordinary Level)/H7 (Higher Level) or better in French. 

Applicants must also hold a grade O6/H7 in Leaving Certificate French (or equivalent).

Additional considerations
Non-EU Entry Requirements

How to apply


Where are you applying from? How to Apply
Ireland Irish students must apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found here. 
The UK  Students who have completed their A-Levels can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
The EU EU students can apply to UL via the CAO. More information can be found on the Academic Registry website. 
Non-EU country If you are outside of the EU, you can apply for this degree here. 


Fees and funding

These scholarships are available for all courses

Your future career

Graduates can progress to professional legal training in Ireland or France. They can also pursue careers with international law firms, the European Union institutions, international businesses, or Non-Governmental Organisations.   

Ireland holds a significant position in the global market. Over 10% of our workforce is employed by multinational companies. Many international law firms associated with these companies find Ireland to be an extremely attractive location. Graduates of this course would be well-positioned as potential employees of these firms.