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Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice

Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice


The Diploma in Legal Studies & Practice prepares learners for a legal career through the study of 12 core legal modules

 This Diploma Legal Studies and Practice (Level 7 QQI Special Purpose Award) allows students to complete the programme over one or two academic years either in-class or via blended learning.

The course is validated by QQI and recognised by the Irish Institute of Legal Executives (IILEx).

Why Study Legal Studies and Practice at Griffith College?

The Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice course 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.

Assessment varies from module to module and usually consists of assignments, examinations and some workshops.

  • Graduates of this programme will be awarded a Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice, validated by QQI and recognised by IILEX.
  • Students will gain experience in legal practice, preparing them for a career as a legal executive.
  • Learners will acquire highly transferable skills attractive to a wide range of businesses outside law.
  • All of our lecturers are experienced legal professionals with many years’ experience in the legal sector.
  • Students are eligible to become Student Members of IILEx.
  • Graduates of the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice can apply for direct entry to year two of Griffith College’s LL.B. (Hons) law degree programme.

Course Highlights

  • QQI Level 7 Special Purpose Diploma
  • Recognised by Irish Institute of Legal Executives (IILEx)
  • Flexible Study Options - Block Release 
  • Available via Blended Learning 
  • Completed over 1 or 2 years
  • Extracurricular Law-related Activities
  • Academic and Practical Modules

Intake Dates

This course will next commence September 2019.

What our students say

legal studies and practice

"I found the IILEX course extremely useful in that it provided me with an insight to the legal world and how law operates on a day to day basis. The lecturers are in the legal profession themselves and offer so much support in terms of studying and how you want to progress your career further."

Richie Crowley
Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice 2012

"The Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice I completed at Griffith College Dublin was instrumental in helping me discover that I wanted to become a solicitor. The course taught me not only the theory, and laws within the Irish legal system, but it also gave me a practical understanding of the law. I feel like the DLSP was an incredible experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to become not only a legal executive, but also any future legal professional in the making."

Amy Lee
Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice
Course details

The Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice year is broken into four blocks. The course will commence in September each year. The programme finishes in late May. On successful completion of the 60 credit (twelve subjects) course, students will be awarded a Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice (Level 7 QQI Special Purpose Award) and are eligible to become Associate Members of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives (IILEx). Graduates may also apply to enter the second year of the LL.B. (Hons) degree in Griffith College.

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. All lectures are recorded and available online for students wishing to complete the course via blended learning (watching lectures online and attending on campus for workshops and exams). 

Two Year Option:

Students can also choose to undertake the course over two academic years. 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)
  • 1 elective module (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)
  • 1 elective module (Block 4)
Year One
  • Civil Litigation
  • Constitutional Law and Judicial Review
  • Conveyancing
  • Criminal Practice and Procedure
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to the Irish Legal System
  • Law of Contract
  • Land Law
  • Law of Tort
  • Professional Ethics and Skills in Practice
  • Probate Law
  • Employment Law
  • Company Law
  • Family Law

Course Contacts

Dublin Main Campus Campus

Please note this is a provisional timetable and may be subject to change.

2019 Timetable

How to Apply

Entry 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

How to Apply 

  • If you are under the age of 23, we will require the identification as stated above, in addition, we will also require a copy of your leaving certificate results, an up to date curriculum vitae, detailing any experience in a legal environment. If you do not meet the work experience requirement but have sufficient prior legal studies you can submit transcripts and course descriptors for this purpose.
  • If you are over the age of 23, you will need to supply proof of identification, this must be photographic identification such as a passport or drivers licence. This can either be attached to the application form or emailed to [email protected]
Tuition Fees

General Fee Information 

An IILEX Membership Fee of EUR100.00, EUR250 Academic Administration Fee 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: Part-Time


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,150.00


Study Mode: Blended Learning


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,150.00


Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 5,150.00

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.


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.


Academic Progression 

Graduates of this course have the option to continue their studies in Griffith College and can apply to enter year 2 of our LL.B. (Hons) law degree.

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

Career Progression 

Through the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice, 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 Advisor
  • Legal Administrator

What our students say

Rian Gallagher

"Griffith College has a wealth of experience with a strong reputation for being student focused. I found it to provide a current and constantly evolving backdrop to enable the student to flourish and excel."

Rian Gallagher
Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice

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