Course Description

Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive)

Independent College Dublin

A legal executive is a legal professional usually working with or under the supervision of a solicitor. This can take place in private practice, or in the public service. Our Certificate in Professional Legal Studies has been specifically tailored for students who wish to practice as a Legal Executive in the Republic of Ireland. The work of a legal executives is as varied as that of the solicitor with whom they work. This work can be catergorised as either contentious (for example personal injury litigation, debt collection and family law) or non-contentious (for example, advising on the making of a will or conveyancing). Legal Executives regularly deal with clients, file management, processing litigation, attendance in court, preparing papers to go to barristers, attendance at consultations and settlement meetings. This course was designed by our Program Leader to meet a need in the professional context which she identified during her career as a barrister.

This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives UK (CILEx). CILEx is the professional association for over 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in Ireland, England and Wales. For more than 50 years, they have been offering pathway to a flexible career in law.


College Name Independent College Dublin
Course Category Law, Legal Studies
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Fee €1,850
Course Duration This is a 20-week course delivered via three-hour lectures one day a week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. There are approximately three Saturday workshops within the 20-week period, which run from 9.30am- 12.30pm at Independent College Dublin.
Awarding Body CILEx
Title of Awarding Certificate in Professional Legal Studies
Entry Requirements The course is open admission and there are no entry requirements.
Career Path Many graduates of our Certificate in Professional Legal Studies go on to complete our Diploma in Professional Legal Studies to facilitate further career advancement. Many of our students successfully pursue roles as Legal Executes in Ireland whilst some use the qualification as a pathway to become a solicitor.
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