Course Description

Diploma in Legal Studies

King’s Inns



WHAT IS THE DIPLOMA IN LEGAL STUDIES?

The Diploma in Legal Studies is a two–year law course leading to:

  • a qualification in law; and
  • being eligible to sit the Entrance Examination for the degree of Barrister-at-Law.

This qualification is awarded independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. The skills and competence gained in studying in this institution are transferable, portable, and recognised internationally. The Diploma in Legal Studies is a valuable qualification delivered by expert legal practitioners specialising in legal education.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

Many Diploma graduates have found the qualification to be of benefit in their current career or have gone on to use the qualification to open new career opportunities for them in the public service, private sector, or in the provision of legal services. Some Diploma graduates have progressed to further study of law by doing taught or research masters or PhDs. Others chose to do the course simply because they were interested in learning the law. Every year, a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds do this course, such as nurses, teachers, taxi drivers, civil servants, communication and HR professionals, and people who are retired or in the middle of changing careers.

As Diploma graduates are eligible to sit the Entrance Examination for the degree of Barrister–at–Law at King’s Inns, the course also attracts students who want to qualify as a barrister. As far as qualifying as a barrister is concerned, Diploma graduates are as well–placed as those who have a recognised law degree from a third–level institution in Ireland. Diploma graduates report that the course prepares them well for the Degree. This is reflected in the fact that Diploma graduates have traditionally done as well as, and frequently better than, law–degree graduates in the Entrance Examination and on the professional course itself.

The course demands a significant time commitment from students, who cover the same core subjects as undergraduate law students but over a shorter period of time. Successful completion of the course requires students to demonstrate an impressive breadth of legal knowledge, as well as legal reasoning, problem–solving, communication and research skills.

WHAT SUBJECTS ARE COVERED ON THE COURSE?

The course provides a very broad legal education and covers the core law subjects which are essential to further study of law and practising law in Ireland. During their first year on the course, students study the following subjects:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Introduction to the Legal System (including Legal Research and Writing)
  • Land Law (Property Law)
  • Tort Law

During their second year, students study the following subjects:

  • Administrative Law
  • Company Law
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • European Union Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Human Rights Law
  • Jurisprudence

THE STUDY–SKILLS COURSE

Diploma students come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have a non–law degree or other third–level qualification. But some do not. Indeed, the Diploma is open to people with no formal education whatsoever. Mindful that some Diploma students have been away from formal education for a long time or have no formal education whatsoever, King’s Inns deliver a Study–Skills Course on five evenings during the two weeks before the Diploma starts.

COURSE DELIVERY

Students have the option of:

  1. attending all lectures and tutorials in person at King’s Inns; or
  2. attending all lectures and tutorials online (on Zoom), with the option of attending lectures in person when they wish.

Lectures are from 5.45 pm to 8 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Tutorials are from 5.45 pm to 9 pm on Thursdays (a small number of classes take place on Friday evenings). Tutorials also take place from 9.30 am to 4.45 pm on Saturdays spread throughout the academic year.

Classes, especially tutorials, are interactive–student engagement is encouraged. Tutorials are small–group sessions during which students must complete diverse tasks like problem–solving, mooting, advising fictional clients, consultations, and presenting and opposing legal arguments. King’s Inns’ emphasis on small–group teaching and learning fosters student engagement and active learning and makes the course especially rewarding.


Dublin, Ireland
College Name King’s Inns
Course Category Law, Legal Studies
Course Type Online Learning
Course Qualification Diploma
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Start Date 12th September 2022
Course End Date 24th May 2024
Course Fee 9950.00
Course Duration 2 years part-time
Course Times Lectures are from 5.45 pm to 8 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Tutorials are from 5.45 pm to 9 pm on Thursdays (a small number of classes take place on Friday evenings). Tutorials also occur from 9.30 am to 4.45 pm on the following Saturdays spread throughout the academic year: September 17, October 1 and 29, November 26, January 14, February 11, March 11, and April 22. Because these times suit students in employment, most students continue working while doing the course.
Awarding Body Honorable Society of King's Inns
Title of Awarding Diploma in Legal Studies
Entry Requirements Those falling into the following categories are eligible to apply for a place on the course: Graduate Applicant: A graduate applicant has an approved non–law degree from a third–level educational institution. Degrees conferred by foreign educational institutions may also suffice. The Education Committee decides whether a foreign degree is acceptable. Mature Applicant: A mature applicant doesn’t have an approved non–law degree but is at least 23 years of age on May 1 in the year when they would sit the Diploma–I examinations. King’s Inns’ Education Committee allocates places to mature applicants. Although the Committee considers academic and professional qualifications, the Diploma is – as mentioned above – open to people with no formal education whatsoever. The Committee also considers a mature applicant’s work experience and other information provided by the applicant, which demonstrates their ability to do a course of this level. An interview may be required. International Applicants: International students are eligible to apply for a place on the course, either as a graduate or mature applicants. There is no extra fee for international applicants.
Career Path Many Diploma graduates have found the qualification to be of benefit in their current career or have gone on to use the qualification to open new career opportunities for them in the public service, private sector, or in the provision of legal services. Some Diploma graduates have progressed to further study of law by doing taught or research masters or PhDs. Others chose to do the course simply because they were interested in learning the law. Every year, a diverse group of individuals with different backgrounds do this course, such as nurses, teachers, taxi drivers, civil servants, communication and HR professionals, and people who are retired or in the middle of changing careers.
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