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Date of Review May 2011 Go Back
Year of Study 3rd
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Why did you choose to study this course?

I chose this course as I was unsure as to what I wanted to do following college, but knew that it was either in the sphere of business or law. It has an extremely good reputation amongst employers and I felt that both subjects complement each other and would stand me in good stead, whichever career path I chose.

Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

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

It was definitely the right choice for me, as it has given me the time to consider which subject I prefer and am better at (I have decided that I prefer law). Undertaking B&L has helped me discover that I wish to be a solicitor in the commercial sphere, and the business subjects that I have taken have not gone to waste, as they all apply to the work of a commercial solicitor and have helped me develop the business acumen required to be a commercial solicitor.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week?

11-15hrs

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

On

Is your course weighted more on continuous assessment or end of year exams?

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

Yes

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

One of my favourite aspects is the fact that in 1st year, we were split into 3 classes of about 40-50 students for our business classes. This meant that it was a lot easier to make friends and as a result, B&L is quite a tight-knit group of students, so it really helps you settle in and get to know people in UCD. Also as we attend law lectures with law and law with student, it means that we have a further chance to meet more people who are like-minded. I also find many of my subjects to be interesting and especially, relevant to the world of business and law.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

A fact that I dislike most of all is that some of the certain core subjects did not suit my interests at all - for me, all the accounting subjects, economics and finance. As a result of not being interested, I found them far more difficult than my other subjects and didn't do very well in them. Due to there being 3 core accounting subjects having been undertaken by the end of 2nd year, I get the feeling that the course is steering those interested in business down the accountancy route. When you take into consideration that we have only ever done one marketing module, one Human Resources module etc and are then expected to make a choice on what to focus on in final year, I don't think having done 3 accountancy subjects reflects the interests of many students. It might be better, having done Financial Accounting 1, to be given a choice as to whether or not students want to carry on doing accountancy subjects. I know the course is extremely broad and that there are many modules that needed to be fitted in to it, but I really would have like to have had the chance to do electives and pursue some subjects that were in my other interest areas, such as history, politics, music etc.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

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

I wish I had known the importance of maintaining good grades, especially in 1st and 2nd year when they don't count for your overall GPA and you think that they might not be important. I wish it had been made clear to us at the start that the big firms (both law and business) ask for grades from all years in the recruitment process. It is fair enough that many students are unaware of this and as a result, do not pay enough attention to maintaining good grades and as a result, this may effect their employment prospects, so I think it is quite important that students be made aware of this when they begin the course.

Why?

there are a vast amount of seats in the library and several libraries, so there is normally somewhere to sit, with the exception of exam time. It is well stocked with relevant books especially those on the reading list and you can also find different books on the same subject also. The staff are very helpful and there is a sufficient amount of them. The only problem I would have is that there are not enough plugs, especially when most students study using laptops, so I think this issue needs to be addressed.

Is there a good social life on your course?

Yes

Please describe

very good social life, especially in 1st and 2nd year. we have a class trip every year and also several class parties during the year. For me, both of these proved to be how I made most of my friends in B&L and is a huge factor in why there is such a friendly atmosphere within the course, unlike some other courses. People are always willing to have house parties and there is usually an extremely large class turnout in the event of someone's birthday!

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Similar to other courses

If yes, please name the societies

No

If yes, please name the sports clubs?

Yes

Are your training facilities easily accessible?

Hockey

Are your training facilities easily accessible? - if no, why not?

Yes

Are your training facilities easily accessible? - if no, why not?

Yes

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?

Yes

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

I would just say to get involved in as many things as you can. I only knew a handful of people when I came to UCD and nobody in my course, so by getting involved in sports and going to all my class parties I made lots of new friends and after the 1st month knew so many people. Some of the people I have met in UCD and did not know before are now some of my best friends. It is important to remember that many people come to UCD not knowing anybody so if you make the effort to talk to people from the start, you will have no problem making new friends. Also, UCD is so big there are always going to be like-minded people, you have taken the first step to getting to know them by choosing the course you did and if you join sports clubs and societies, you will have no trouble making new friends.

How much does your rent cost per month?

Yes

Why?

No

If yes, where and why?

Yes

If yes, where and why?

No

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

UCD is a huge college with lots to offer. Besides from having an extremely good academic reputation, there are many sports, societies and other activities to become involved in. To put it simply, there is something for everyone. There is an extremely friendly and relaxed atmosphere around campus and the fact that students live on site adds greatly to this. I have made some great friends, had a great time and have undertaken a thoroughly worthwhile course. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at UCD and know I will look back on it fondly in years to come.

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