BA (Ord) in Law

Course Description

The BA (Ord) is an advanced entry ordinary degree in law. The BA programme aims to provide students with an academic foundation in the core subjects of Irish and European Union law. The BA programme replaces the former Diploma in Legal Studies (A316) offered by Dublin Institute of Technology.

Programme Description

The BA (Ordinary) in Law is an ordinary law degree, offered at level 7 on the NQAI National Qualifications Framework.  It is an advanced entry degree, open only to students who already meet certain minimum requirements.  It aims to provide a comprehensive education in the core subjects of law.  As such, it should be of use to those considering a future career in the field of law, but should also interest those already in or considering a career outside of law, in which law plays an important part. On completion of the BA (Ord) students will have earned 90 level 7 NQAI credits.


The programme comprises 9 compulsory law subjects (called 'modules') and takes three years to complete.  In order to obtain the B.A. a student must complete the required examinations and assessments (if any) in all nine modules (subjects) on offer.

Students are required to take three modules per year for each of the three years, according to the following schedule:

Year One

  • Core Legal Skills
  • Criminal Law
  • Contract Law

Year Two

  • Constitutional Law
  • Property Law
  • Tort Law

Year Three

  • Company Law
  • EU Law
  • Equity


Teaching is provided through a combination of lectures and coursework; students are expected to complement timetabled hours with private study and self-learning.  A commitment of approximately 4.5 hours per week (excluding independent study) normally is required of students on the course.

Classes commence September 2017 (subject to change) and run until the end of April, with breaks at Christmas and Easter. Lectures are offered in the evenings from 6-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with 1.5 hours of lectures per module per week, with some additional tutorials.  Exams take place in May, with repeat (supplemental) exams taking place in August/September.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme ordinarily requires:

  • A Degree in any discipline (NQAI level 7 or higher) OR
  • A Certificate in Legal Studies (NQAI level 6 or higher) OR
  • At least two years' relevant legal work experience.

An interview and/or references may be required.


Three years, 2/3 nights per week. The programme extends over the academic year from September to May.

How to apply/enrol

Contact for an application form which should be returned to:

The Department of Law

A: DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T: (+353 1 402 7181)

Applications close on 15th August 2017 or when all placed are filled.

What is the likely fee?

The fee for 2016/17 was €1,645 (3 modules). Fees are subject to change in future years.

PLEASE NOTE: The DIT Graduate Network discount DOES NOT apply to this programme


On successful completion of the programme, a student will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts (Ordinary) in Law of The Dublin Institute of Technology (90 level 7 NQAI credits)

Career Opportunities

This programme should appeal to those in a wide range of employment in which law plays an important role. Examples include civil and public servants, insurance executives, law enforcement officials, teachers, human resource managers, and persons employed in business. Students may find the programme useful in progressing onto a career in law as a solicitor, after passing the Final Examination - First Part of the Law Society of Ireland.

Questions about admission to the Law Society of Ireland should be directed to: Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7,

For further information please contact:

Administrator, Department of Law

T +353 1 402 7181

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The programme provides a gateway to a career as a solicitor or a career in Public Service or private sector in jobs where a degree in law is relevant.

Students earning over 50% in their BA (Ord) in Law can progress to the part-time LLB (DT 592) at DIT.

The Programme  has an ongoing informal relationship with the Law Society of Ireland. Members of staff are members of professional bodies such as the Irish Association of Law Teachers, the UK Association of Law Teachers, and the Society of Legal Scholars. The Irish Penal Reform Trust has participated in project delivery for the Law in Society module on the Programme.

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