Legal Studies NEW for 2019

Award Title:  QQI Level 5 Certificate in Legal Studies

Programme Co-ordinator:  Aoife Duffy

Award Code:  5M3789

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme designed to enable learners to gain employment where a background in law is an asset.  A qualification in Legal Studies will also prepare learners for further study to pursue a career in the legal profession.  Students will have an opportunity to examine the principles of Irish Law and the Irish Legal System.  This course aims to equip learners with the confidence, skills and language to take the first steps into the area of law.

Component Awards:

  • Legal Practice and Procedures (5N1394)
  • Business Law (5N2091)
  • Family Law (5N3786)
  • Criminal Law (5N3787)
  • Word Processing (5N1358)
  • Business Administration Skills (5N1610)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.


  • Legal Assistant, Legal Researcher, Paralegal Work, Administrative Assistant, Citizens Advice and Human Rights Advocacy Agencies.
  • Successful candidates may progress to Higher Education programmes such as the following:
    • Waterford Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Laws (Hons), LL.B,
    • Carlow Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Laws (Hons),
    • University College Cork: Criminology, Law and Business,
    • University College Dublin: Law (BCL),
    • Dublin Institute of Technology: Business and Law, Law (LL.B),
    • NUI Maynooth: Law.

*Places are not guaranteed and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.


Approximately €200 to cover the costs of examinations and textbooks.