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Date of Review Sep 30, 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 2nd
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Student Type Traditional
2 Unhelpful votes.
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Why did you choose your course?

I wanted to study law but did not want to do it on it's own because I wanted to get a broader degree and I wanted a course that would improve my opportunities to work abroad in a variety of fields.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

On reflection, what made it the right or wrong choice for you?

I enjoy the people on my course, I like that I get the best of a small course, there are 19 people studying Law and German, but the mixture of a large class, 200 altogether studying in the other law courses. I don't particularly like the German aspects of the course, but I enjoy the legal side. If I didn't have to the 'artsy fartsy' German aspects I would really enjoy the course, but overall I am glad I chose this course.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

16-20hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I like the law subjects and the contrast between the Irish Legal system and the German Legal system. I like the broad range of subjects we study. I like that we get an understanding of the European civil law system that other students do not get.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

The German aspects of the course. I find it ridiculous that we are studying 'Kulturgeschichte' (German Cultural History). If I had wanted to do an arts degree I would have chosen TSM or European studies. I wanted to do a law degree with a language and an understanding of an alternative legal system. We are in a class with students whose main focus is on this subject, and for us it is an aside. They study it in depth, with subjects to compliment it and enhance their knowledge of it. As an example of the difference in concentration on the subject, the majority of European studies students who completed the essay aspect of the course, got firsts, in comparison six law and German students failed this essay. I think this shows the disproportionate nature of the subject.

Was your course what you expected?

No

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

That there was so much Arts based subjects, such as Kulturgeschichte in second year and Landeskunde and Textual Analysis in first year.

Why?

There is a large selection of books available to students and a lot of online material, however the opening hours and number of plug sockets should be improved, especially the 24 hour facilities there needs to be more seats available and there should be an area available where students can take a break and make a cup of tea.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

More than other courses

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