Course Description

Legal Practice & Procedures (QQI Level 5)

The Open College


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Irish Legal System
  • Unit 2: Sources of Irish Law
  • Unit 3: Remedies in the Irish Legal System
  • Unit 4: Law of Torts
  • Unit 5: European Union Law
  • Unit 6: Constitution of Ireland
  • Unit 7: Specific Legal Documents and Legislation.


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • Identify the sources Irish law to include an explanation of the features of each source
  • Assess the role of the Constitution in the Irish legal system
  • Explain the meaning of common general legal terms to include plaintiff, defendant, injunction, in camera and precedent
  • Outline the structure of the Irish judicial system to include the hierarchy, jurisdiction and function of courts within the Irish court system
  • Outline the role and function of personnel within the Irish legal system
  • Explore the impact of European Law on the Irish legal system
  • Define the nature of tort to include the recognition between tort and other civil and criminal wrongs
  • Describe the proceedings in a Court of law
  • Evaluate relevant documents and legislation relevant to a specific vocational area
  • Identify the main categories of remedies available to include compensation, injunction, declaration, specific performance and judicial review
  • Evaluate the impact of European Law on Irish Law
  • Distinguish between civil and criminal, public and private and procedural and substantive law.

Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Course Code 5N1394
College Name The Open College
Course Category Law, Legal Studies
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Level 5 Certificate
Course Location Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 18
Course Fee 329
Course Duration 8 weeks
Course Times This Legal Practice and Procedures also known as Legal Studies (QQI Level 5) course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Awarding Body QQI
Title of Awarding QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Legal Practice and Procedures (5N1394)
Entry Requirements Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Business) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
Career Path Who should complete this course? - Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Legal Studies at Level 5. - Students who wish to obtain a general understanding of legal principles and to enable them to appreciate the role of the law in their personal and vocational lives. It is also intended to prepare learners for employment or further study in related areas.
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland

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