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Certificate in Legal Studies

Certificate in Legal Studies

Overview

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 Level 6 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

  • QQI-validated Level 6 Qualification (NFQ)
  • Wide range of practical and academic subjects
  • Work Placement module
  • Continuously assessed rather than dominated by traditional examination
  • Small class sizes
  • Provides a strong foundation to study a wide range of areas

Intake Dates

This course will next commence September 2019.

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What our students say

When I walked through the front gates of Griffith College I was immediately put at ease. The law school is small and accessible. The lecturers are extremely supportive and friendly but at the same time focused on getting the results needed to bring us students closer to achieving exam results. It's difficult but rewarding, and I'm loving every minute of it.

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.

Subjects
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
Module Descriptors
Professional Development

Module title

Professional Development

Module NFQ level (only if an NFQ level can be demonstrated)

Level 6

Module credit units (FET/HET/ECTS)

ECTS

Module credit number of units

5

List the teaching and learning modes

Full time

 

Module aims and objectives 

The Professional Development module aims to assist learners in developing their legal professional knowledge and skills with the aim of allowing them to optimise their career options and assist learners in their work experience.

Minimum intended module learning outcomes 

 

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of a number of legal areas including, professional ethics, wills, probate, conveyancing, personal injury claims, employment law, family law, company law.
  2. Display practical understanding of court room practice and procedure gained through accompanied visits to both the criminal courts and Four Courts.
  3. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the day to day role of a solicitor and barrister.
  4. Work as part of a team during group discussions.

Module content, organisation and structure

The Professional Development module is a 5 ECTS module taught and assessed over one academic semester. The module is delivered over 12 lecture sessions of 3 hours duration per week, with each session comprising a lecture of 2 hours in duration and a facilitated group discussion of 1 hour in duration.

 

The Professional Development part of the module is delivered using lectures, guest lectures and court visits.

 

 

Topics

Professional Ethics

Wills

Probate

Conveyancing

Personal Injury

Introduction to Employment Law

Introduction to Family Law

Introduction to Company Law

Court Visit – Criminal Courts/Four Courts/District Court

Guest Lecture -  A day in the life of a solicitor/barrister/legal executive

 

Reading lists and other information resources 

Corfield, R., Successful Interview Skills: how to prepare, answer tough questions and get your ideal job (5th Edition, Kogan Page 2009).

Kenneally, A. and Tully, J., The Irish Legal System (Clarus Press 2013).

Kirton, B., Brilliant Workplace Skills for Learners & Graduates: how to hit the ground running from your first day on the job (Prentice Hall 2012).

Simply Put.ie: http://www.simplyput.ie/downloads/plain_english_guide_to_legal_terms.pdf

This is a plain English A-Z guide to legal terms that explains legal related ideas and concepts as well as key terminology)

 

Assessments 

A key aspect of this module is the need to create space for learners to critically reflect upon their learning and research strategies. Thus the major element of assessment for this module will be the production of a reflective journal (75%).

 

The second element of assessment is a facilitated Discussion Group where learners will engage with the lecturer and each other on topics such as their most recent day’s work experience, new experiences, new skills, their concerns, with answers and support being provided primarily by the other learners and supported by the lecturer (25%)

 

Module assessment consists of:

Element No.

Weighting

Type

MIMLO

1

75%

Reflective Portfolio

1 to 5

2

25%

Discussion Group

1 to 5

 

 

Course Contacts

Karen
Sutton
Dublin Main Campus Campus
T: 
01-4163372
Timetables
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.

Fees
Tuition Fees
Irish/EU

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 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.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,550.00

International

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.

EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,350.00

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.

Sponsorship

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]

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.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

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
  • Legal Executive
  • Legal Researcher
  • Legal Advisor
  • Claims Advisor
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