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Certificate in Legal Studies

Certificate in Legal Studies


Certificate in Legal Studies

 The one year 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 either the work place or Year 1 of the LLB

Why Study Legal Studies at Griffith College?

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 workplace in an administrative position within a legal firm or other business, or other office-based roles within law enforcement, or the public sector. The course is delivered over two semesters and includes a one-day-a-week work placement.

  • The graduates of this programme will be awarded a QQI-validated Certificate in Legal Studies.
  • Students will develop skills in a range of legal areas along with a personal and career development programme.
  • Students will have a compulsory Work Placement module to place them in a strong position if they move into the workforce.
  • All of our lecturers are experienced legislative trainers with many years’ experience in the legal sector.
  • The course promotes independent thinking and increased oral and written communication skills through self-directed learning.

Course Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Lecturers with experience at the Bar
  • Continuously assessed rather than dominated by traditional examination
  • Focuses on development of skills as well as knowledge of law
  • High pass rates to date

What our students say

"Moving from second level education was a daunting prospect for me  but when I walked through the front gates of Griffith College I was immediately put at ease. There were hundreds of students strolling around looking very much at home and at ease. The Law School is small and accessible. The lecturers are extremely  supportive, friendly but at the same time focused on getting the results needed to bring us students closer to achieving exam results. The course itself is incredibly interesting and varied, covering subjects as different as Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Law of Contract, Law of Torts and many more. It's difficult but rewarding and I'm loving every minute of it. The people in Griffith College are there for any queries or struggles you may have and what I love most about this college is that when you need assistance or have a problem the staff and lecturers respond to you with a solution in the shortest amount of time. So you’re put at ease straight away with any stresses you may have. Initially  I found it a challenge to adapt to the extensive reading required for law. However a few months into my first year I developed a legal frame of mind and began to see that there are two sides to every problem! I'm looking forward to the coming years in Griffith and feel ready for whatever challenges face me."

Jasmine Gerhardt
Certificate in Legal Studies 2016/2017
Course details

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 One
  • Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Introduction to the Irish Legal System 2
  • Learning and Research Skills 2
  • 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
  • Work Placement

Course Contacts

Dublin Campus

Please note this is the 2016 timetable that can be used as an indicator.

Certificate in Legal Studies

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

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

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years

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.

Applicants over 23 years

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


Fee Information

A Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Full-Time

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

2% Learner Protection Charge

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.

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.


Is your company paying for your course?

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
  • Email: [email protected]

Academic Progression 

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies at Griffith College. We offer a number of options including:

You can contact our admissions team to discuss what progression options are available to you.

Career Progression 

Through the Certificate in Legal Studies, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of critical analysis and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Legal Secretary
  • National Legal Officer
  • Legal Executive
  • Finance and Legal Manager
  • Legal Researcher
  • Legal Council
  • Legal Advisor
  • Trainee Lawyer
  • Claims Advisor
  • Litigation Legal Executive

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