Griffith College

Certificate in Legal Studies

Certificate in Legal Studies

Certificate in Legal Studies

Students receive individual career advice with support to finding work placements. Successful students can progress onto the LL.B. (Hons) in Law.

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Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:6
Duration:1 Year

The level 6 Certificate in Legal Studies aims to equip students with foundation knowledge of the concepts and principles pertaining to the core areas of Irish Law and to cultivate skills that will help them to transfer into the work place in an administrative position within a legal firm or other business, or other office-based roles within law enforcement, or the public sector.

The Certificate in Legal Studies in unique as it places emphasis on various modes of assessment in order to foster the skills of communication, both oral and written (independent thinking and self-directed learning) that are required to succeed in an increasingly competitive jobs market. This course is ideally suited towards students who favour continuous and alternative assessment over the traditional form of assessment through written examinations.

Students will undertake a range of skills based subjects in addition to the legal subjects including, IT Skills, Personal and Career Development, and learning and Research Skills. Additionally, students will have a compulsory Work Placement module to place them in a strong position if they move into the work force.

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This one year course has two semesters. In the first semester, the student will focus on core law subjects along with a personal and career development programme. In the second semester, the learner will take more of the core law subject but this time will they will have a focus on work placement and will spend one day a week on work placement.

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester 2
Introduction to Constitutional Law
Introduction to Criminal Law
Introduction to the Irish Legal System 2
Learning and Research Skills 2
Work Placement
Semester 1
Introduction to the Irish Legal System 1
Introduction to the Law of Contract
Introduction to the Law of Tort
Information Technology Skills
Learning and Research Skills 1
Personal and Career Development
Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements Cork

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) or, four GCSE passes at grade C to include English plus one pass at A-level

Entry Requirements Dublin

5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) or, four GCSE passes at grade C to include English plus one pass at A-level


Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme, please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


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They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
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All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

Please Note: A registration fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 5,200.00
EU living Abroad: 
EUR 6,000.00
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR 8,500.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR 8,500.00
How to Apply

All mature applicants must apply to Griffith College directly online using the Apply Online facility on the website

 Applicants under 23 years of age on January 1st of the year of application must apply via the CAO. Students applying via the CAO must have achieved a minimum of 5 passes (Grade D3) in the Leaving Certificate, to include English or, four GCSE passes at grade C to include English plus one pass at A-level. The CAO application code for this course is GC425.

Academic Progression: 

Once the Certificate in Legal Studies and Practice is complete, the student can go on to immediate entry into the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice or the LL.B. (Hons) in Law. After getting the taste of working in a legal firm many students go on to the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice on a part-time basis, over one year and become a qualified legal executive. Their choice is then to study the LL.B. part-time for another two years and do the professional qualifications to become a barrister or solicitor.

Other do stay working as a Legal Executive and after five years would qualify to sit the law society entrance exams.


Certificate in Legal Studies progression on to LL.B.
Career Progression: 

Students may use this course to help them enter a career as a legal secretary. A qualified Legal Secretary is an invaluable asset to a Law Firm. A Legal Secretary combines high levels of office administration skills with the specific knowledge and understanding required to deal effectively with legal communications and documentation. The legal secretary will be familiar with common types of legal documentation found in any law firm and will possess an insight into the structure and role of the Irish Court system.

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If you would like to find out more about this course, please do not hesitate in contacting a member of our admissions team.