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My Griffith Story: There's a course to suit every lifestyle. I chose Legal Studies!

Legal executive Kathleen McGeeney on her graduation from Griffith College
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Kathleen McGeeney always had a passion for law, as is evident from her CV over the years. Although Kathleen spent more than 20 years in the legal business, it wasn’t until many years later that she decided to enrol in Griffith College to get a qualification. Since then, she has started her new role as Legal Executive with Catherine Allison & Co., Solicitors, Dundalk.

“It’s so easy to fit the course into your lifestyle. With all the day and night courses, there’s one to suit everyone. There are so few Legal Executives and Secretaries out there. There’s a big gap and people with those qualifications would find it much easier to get a job.”

From Legal Secretary to Legal Executive

Prior to her Griffith College journey, Kathleen spent some time working as a Legal Secretary.

“Although I had learnt an awful lot over the years, I didn’t have a qualification to my name. So, at the age of 47 or 48, I decided to do the Legal Executive course.”

Flexible Learning Leads to Big Changes

The beauty behind studying the part-time course was the flexibility Kathleen found at the heart of the course. Living in Co. Armagh, Kathleen left her workplace in Dundalk at 3.30pm one evening a week to make it to Dublin for her 6pm class.

“I wouldn’t be home until almost 11.00pm, but the course was very informative. The students who weren’t so mature had different ideas and I learnt new study ideas.” 

A Day in the Life of a Legal Executive

Currently working at a firm in Co., Louth, Kathleen sets herself daily tasks that she describes as, “so interesting”. 

“I manage my own files and love the new challenges I face every day. Clients often tell me I’m as good as any solicitor.”

On a final note, Kathleen recommends enrolling in the course of your choice sooner rather than later. “As the saying goes, if I knew what I know now, God knows I may have gone the whole hog and went on to be a solicitor.”


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