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.
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. The draft timetable is available here.