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Law - BCL Maitrise

Date of Review May 03, 2012 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
13 Helpful votes.
Student Type International
1 Unhelpful votes.
From EU
Social Life

Are you happy with your choice of course?



It is a dual degree which will give me access to European or International profession. It is giving me a broader knowledge of the law than to regular law students as I get to study two systems of law at once. It is a lot of work but I'm sure it will be really rewarding.

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


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


Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?


If you studied abroad, is there any advice you would give someone looking to study abroad?

I haven't gone back to France yet, but I would advise that if you are to enter this course, you should have a very good knowledge of french to be able to adapt to our system.

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

We learn European law and it makes us come closer to the Irish students as it makes us realise that we do share a lot. And also we study the Irish constitution and the French constitution so we get to compare how our systems works. I think I can really understand my own country by comparing it with another.

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

We don't get to choose electives. So we have to stick to the modules that were chosen for us, without the possibility to practice a third language or another aspect of law. I, for example, would have liked to study international human rights as part of my degree.

Was your course what you expected?


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

I wish I had known that we wouldn't do that much french law in first year, but it wouldn't have changed my decision anyway. Otherwise I wish I had realized that the irish system is so much different than my own and that the way of examining and the requirements during exams are completely different, and I wish we had had a briefing on that when we first arrived.

Helpful leaving cert (or equivalent) subjects?

English, Mathematics and Philosophy (logic reasoning), French, Economics (for European Economic Law). Having a European Baccalauréat is great because you would have already had classes in english and therefore be used to following a class in english.

Library facilities

Everything you need is in the James Joyce Library in the section law. All the books are there, and for the french lectures, if it isn't available you will have it on blackboard. The library is a great place to study and the law section is large enough for you to find a place to study.

Is there a good social life on your course?


Please describe

We all get along very well, and we support each other in the other courses (the irish students help us when we don't understand a concept, and they do the same when they have difficulties writing essays in french etc..). We always go to other people's apartments and have dinners and parties together, but we also go out with the entire law class for class parties. I think the reason we get on so well is that there is nearly no competition between us, as we all know we want to go on completely different paths after the degree.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Neither Easy not Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Much more than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?


What society are you a member of?

I am a member of Amnesty International, World Aid, the Italian Society, International Students Society, the Law Society, the L&H society, the Irish Society, and of course, I am an active member of the UCD Volunteers Overseas Society.

Why do you enjoy being a member of this society? why should a prospective student think of joining this society?

UCDVO is an amazing society because for a whole year you get to learn a lot from the country you're going to volunteer in during the summer. I am going to Haïti this summer and I spent the year raising awareness and fundraising and it really made me more self-confident as I would never have thought of stopping people around campus to talk to them about world issues! It is an amazing opportunity for every student, because you get to meet incredible people and enjoy some amazing experiences with them, and it is all for the good of others. I am a member of next year's committee and I really recommend you get involved as well.

Are you a member of any sports clubs?


Please choose your sport(s) club

Women Rugby club

Are your training facilities easily accessible?


Do you feel that you are playing at a standard that matches your ability?


What would be helpful to know before joining your sports club?

I arrived in this club in the second semester, so the level was already high, and it was hard for me to keep up with the level.

Would you recommend getting involved in college sport?



It is a great opportunity to evacuate stress and meet more people! It will also keep you in shape! But get involved as early as you can.

Weekly living expenses?


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


As a first year did you live in college halls?


Would you recommend living in college halls?

It is a huge yes! Moving country is really hard because from your family home you arrive in an unknown country on your own. Living on campus relieves you from the stress of having to arrive early to find out where you have a class, but also not to be on your own. I love my house mates and they are always hear to support me when I am homesick. It is important not to be alone especially during the week ends or the holidays because it will be very hard for you.

Where would you recommend students live?

It depends on everyone's personnality. If you think you can live on your own, then do. But if you are a person who doesn't like to be alone but enjoy having people by your side on a day-to-day basis that I would recommend to share a house or an appartment. Living on campus is great because of the proximity with the lecture theatres and the library. But it is up to you if you prefer to share a house outside the campus if you want to and then take the bus to come here.

If yes, where and why?

I lived in Glenomena House 10 which is great. If you are a quiet person like I am I would recommend taking a room in the apartments in upper floors, as you will not hear the people coming in the apartments at random hours during the night. But it is up to everyone, and I have no experience of the other residences which I heard are good as well.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

I would say that UCD is a great university because you get to meet people from everywhere in the world and the lecturers are highly qualified. I already told my friends to come, because the atmosphere is amazing and you really have time to do extra things with societies or sport clubs and develop a wide network of friends. The courses are great and well recognised throughout the country and abroad so it's a great course to have on your cd.

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