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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
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.
This course will next commence September 2019.
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.
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.
Module NFQ level (only if an NFQ level can be demonstrated)
Module credit units (FET/HET/ECTS)
Module credit number of units
List the teaching and learning modes
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:
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.
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)
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:
1 to 5
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
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.
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.
Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,550.00
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.
Non-EU Living in Ireland or abroad: Please refer to our Non-EU Tuition Fees section.
EU Living Abroad: EUR 6,350.00
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:
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 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.
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.
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: