Griffith College

Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice

Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice

Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice

The course aims to provide students with an academic grounding in the traditional core legal subjects, while also focusing on the practical application of core legal principles.

Class room picture of part time law course
Validated by:IILEX, QQI
QQI Level:7
Duration:1 year part time. 2 year option available.

About the course

This level 7 part time law course takes place over one or two academic years. The programme runs over three evenings per week and is also available through distance learning where all lectures are recorded and available online. Every module runs over five teaching weeks, followed by two reading weeks which are then followed by a week of examinations. Assessment varies from module to module and usually consists of assignments, workshops and examinations.

This Diploma programme has been designed with input from past graduates, members of our legal academic team, employers in legal practice and from The Irish Institute of Legal Executives.

All students will attend examinations and also practical workshops held for the more skills-based modules, such as Civil Litigation. Once you successfully complete all twelve modules you will be awarded a Diploma in Legal Studies & Practice, validated by HETAC and recognised by IILEX. Diploma graduates are eligible for enrolment as Associate Members of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, and all participants are eligible to become Student Members of the Institute. In terms of career progression, you should be aware that currently successful completion of the Diploma also enables entry to year two of Griffith College’s LL.B. degree programme in Irish law. 

Blended Learning

This legal executive course is also available via blended learning. All lectures are recorded and uploaded onto our intranet called Moodle. You can view these lectures when you want and as often as you like. All course materials are also uploaded onto Moodle for you to access, as well as any practical exercises which take place during class time. All students must attend a practical three-hour weekend workshop in the following modules: Professional Ethics and Skills for Practice, Civil Litigation, Criminal Practice & Procedure, and Conveyancing which happen over four Saturdays during the course. This is a blended approach to learning which works excellently and provides educational opportunities to many to train as a Legal Executive.


The programme usually runs over one year part-time, however, you can also take this programme over two years part-time. There are four blocks and each block has five teaching weeks, two reading weeks and one week for examinations. The programme usually runs from October to May every year. 

Part time Law Course Student working on Human Rights Project

One Year Option:

The majority of students will complete the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice in one academic year. Students will attend class three evenings per week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) from 6.00pm - 10.00pm each evening. The course will commence in early October each year and students are also invited to an induction meeting with the lecturing staff and support team before term starts. The programme finishes in late May. On successful completion of the 60 credit (twelve subjects) programme, students will be awarded a Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice and are eligible to become Associate Members of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives (IILEx). Graduates may enter the second year of the LL.B. (Hons) in Irish Law degree in Griffith College Cork or Dublin. 

Two Year Option:

Students can also choose to undertake the course over two academic years by attending class two evenings per week one year, and one evening per week another year. The year is broken into four blocks containing 3 modules, if you are taking the two year option it will mean that you are breaking up these modules resulting in having to attend class a lesser number of evenings. The recommended study plan for the two year option is:

Year One:

  • Introduction to the Irish Legal System (Block1)
  • Professional Ethics and Skills for Practice (Block 1)
  • Law of Torts (Block 2)
  • Criminal Law (Block 3)
  • Criminal Law, Practice and Procedure (Block 4)
  • Family Law or Company Law (Block 4)

Year Two:

  • Law of contract (Block 1)
  • Constitutional Law and Judicial Review (Block 2)
  • Civil Litigation (Block 2)
  • Land Law (Block 3)
  • Conveyancing (Block 3)
  • Employment Law (Block 4)


Year 1 Core Subjects
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Civil Litigation
Constitutional Law & Judicial Review
Criminal Practice and Procedure
Criminal Law
Employment Law
Introduction to the Irish Legal System
Law of Contract
Land Law
Law of Torts
Professional Ethics and Skills for Practice
Year 1 Electives
Semester 0
Company Law
Family Law
Entry Requirements
General Requirements

Applicants should meet the standard entry requirements for level 7 programmes (min. of 5 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language) and have one to two years relevant legal work experience. Students over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission may apply as mature students. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age and may be interviewed in advance of admission


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:

There is a registration fee of €100, this fee is per year if the course is taken over two years. The registration fee covers the students registration and membership with IILEx (Irish Institute of Legal Executives)

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 4,800.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4,800.00
Study Mode: 
EU living Ireland: 
EUR 4,800.00
How to Apply

Apply online

  • If you are over the age of 23, you will need to supply a proof of identification this must be photo identification such as a passport or drivers licence. This can either be attached to the application form or emailed to
  • If you are under the age of 23, we will require the identification as stated above we will also require a copy of your leaving certificate results, an up to date curriculum vitae, and a letter from an employer stating that you have had two years legal work experience. If you do not meet the work experience requirement but have sufficient legal courses taken you can submit transcripts and course descriptors for this purpose.
Academic Progression: 

Students who successfully complete the Diploma may enter year two of the College's LL.B. degree programme in Irish law. Graduates are eligible for enrolment as Associate Members of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, and all participants are eligible to become Student Members of the Institute. The Institute's members are employed in private practice, the law departments of banks and public or local authorities, as well as in industry and commerce. Legal Executives help to prepare, analyse and interpret a variety of legal documents and may prepare and file court documents. Most Legal Executives will work as part of a legal team with some specialising in areas such as conveyancing, pensions, property, civil litigation, or insurance claims. As well as becoming a legal executive, many of our graduates also head the legal secretary route. This course gives them the required knowledge of legal practice to be able to work with confidence in the legal sector.

Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice Academic Progression
Career Progression: 

Legal Executive

A Legal Executive is a person qualified by accumulated practical experience and/or academic credentials to offer rather more than secretarial or administrative assistance to a Solicitor or other legal practitioner in the handling of client cases relating to conveyancing, probate, criminal, civil, family or other legal Acting at the direction and as agent of the practitioner and using his/her own personal experience and knowledge of the conventions and other requirements of the statutory agencies, he/she is often entrusted with the practicalities of progressing a given legal transaction initiated by the practitioner.

Some Legal Executives are also Supreme Court-appointed Commissioners-for-Oaths or go on to become Solicitors themselves. The Legal Executive is a professional bound by codes of confidentiality and conduct established and enforced in Ireland by the Irish Institute of Legal Executives, a body founded for that purpose and for the advancement of the interests of Legal Executives.

The governing body in Ireland for Legal Executives is IILEx.

Get in Touch

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