Griffith College


The Law Faculty prides itself on its rigorous academic standards and its commitment to student focused extra-curricular activity.
Law students discussing Human Rights
Guest of the law faculty include past president Mary McAleese

The Law Faculty Griffith College

Since its foundation in 1995, the College’s Law Faculty has grown significantly and provides both a very wide and dynamic range of academic and professional programmes in law. For those wishing to gain a foundation in law we offer an introductory Certificate in Legal Studies . Students who wish to pursue further legal studies may undertake the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice. This qualification is recognized by the Irish Institute of Legal Executives.

Students can sit the LL.B. programmes, and go on to sit the professional courses to pass the King’s Inns or Blackhall Place exams to become an Barrister or Solicitor.

Many of our students also use their degrees to go on to other areas such as business or media.

Students with a legal background can also go on to pursue a LL.M. this programme allows them a master’s degree at law. Our LL.M. programmes have a focus on International Law, this focus give students a distinct advantage as our corporate world become more internationally focused

Law Students studying outdoors

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Our undergraduate degree programmes are recognised for entry purposes by the Law Society of Ireland and the Honorable Society of Kings Inns, where graduates may pursue vocational training as solicitors and barristers respectively.

Law Student in Library - extensive book collection

Careers Advisor

By way of assisting in student career development, the Law Faculty also provides one to one careers advice through our Careers Advisor, who also actively assists students in seeking suitable legal internships. Faculty lecturers come from a range of academic and professional backgrounds and bring this expertise into the classroom. Many are active researchers of national and international repute in fields as diverse as Constitutional and Company Law, Gender and Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property and Legal Education. Some are considered to be leaders in these fields.

mediation courses

Extra-Curricular Student Bodies

In the Faculty, we believe that it is our primary task to develop learners’ critical capacities to the fullest, to enhance their communication skills and to develop their academic, technical and practical skills. To that end it is also home to a number of vibrant, extra-curricular student bodies. It houses the Irish Innocence project as well as the Mooting Society, the Communication and Debate Society the Law Society and Griffith FLAC.

Justice for Harry Gleeson group with David Langwallner and Barry Sheck

The Irish Innocence project

The Irish Innocence project is homed within Griffith College and was set up by our Dean of Law, David Langwallner in 2009. It enables student caseworkers to investigate claims of factual innocence under legal supervision. As well as honing students’ investigative and critical skills, it has encouraged them to avail of close links to the Worldwide Innocence Network by taking up internships in Innocence projects in Ohio, Idaho and Arizona. This year these links have been strengthened through the cementing of ties with both the Centurion project in Princeton University and the California Innocence Project. To keep up to date with the work of the Irish Innocence project please see here.

2014 Silken Thomas Moot Winners

Mooting and Debating Societies

Additionally, many past members of the Mooting and Debating societies have gone on to national and international success, with members having recently won the Thomas Findlay Memorial Moot, the prestigious Irish Times (Individual) debate, and in 2014 and 2015, the Silken Thomas Moot. The Faculty also runs a very popular Free Legal Advice Clinic (FLAC) run by students under legal supervision as well as hosting the Law Society who invite in guest speakers from the legal field to talk about life in the professional sphere. Recent invitees include the Hon. Mrs Susan Denham, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Faculty is also extremely proud of the fact that since 2010, the Hon, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Judge of the Supreme Court, has acted as Judge in Residence to the Faculty, stimulating debate on legal matters through his student and public lecture series on current, relevant topics of legal interest. In summary, the Faculty prioritises the personal and academic development of its students, placing an emphasis on their pastoral care and thus creating a supportive, dynamic environment in which students can participate as active learners both inside and outside the classroom.


Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, the creators of Making a Murderer, talk to Anne Driscoll at Griffith College

Making a Murderer: A Discussion

6 April, 2016

The creators of Making a Murderer discuss their documentary & the flaws in the justice system.


Law Faculty Testiminonal Sean O'Quigley
LL.B. (Hons) in Irish Law - My law degree classes at Griffith College were very interesting and have opened many doors for me, the guidance and support of the lecturing staff was brilliant and has helped me on my road to success.
Sean O ’Quigley
Winner - Irish Times debating competition
I relocated to Australia after completing my LL.M. It soon became apparent that my LL.M was highly regarded and relevant to a number of industries here. I have spent the last 2 years as a senior advisor for contracts and governance in a statutory authority engaged in civil aviation
John Keating
LL.M. International Commercial Law 2011
The dissertation element of the LL.M. prepares students who are thinking of undertaking a Ph.D. for the research and discipline that will be needed to complete a doctoral thesis.
Claire Michelle Smyth
LL.M. International Human Rights Law 2011
Cian O'Dowd
Griffith College is not only exam-focused but also looks greatly at developing you as a person, extra-curricular activities are a major part of what Griffith does. Griffith gave me the self-confidence and drive to excel in both my academic studies and professional career
Cian O'Dowd
BA in Business and Law 2014
I found the IILEX course extremely useful in that it provided me with an insight to the legal world and how law operates on a day to day basis The lecturers are in the legal profession themselves and offer so much support in terms of studying and how you want to progress your career further
Richie Crowley
Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice 2012