Griffith College

LL.B. (Hons)

LL.B. (Hons)

LL.B. (Hons)

With the LL.B. degree the student will obtain a dynamic legal education with the opportunity to tailor their degree by choosing criminal justice or commercial options

Students that study law part time in focus group
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Duration:3 Years
Overview

LL.B. comes from the Latin – Lex Legum Baccalaureus- Bachelor of Laws. A highly focused discipline, law examines how groups and individuals regulate their relationships. The course is available both full-time and part-time and runs from September to May. While typically three years in duration, those who study law part-time also have the flexibility to complete the programme over four or five years, depending on their personal circumstances. Comprehensive, rigorous and enduring, the LL.B. (Hons) in Law is the perfect grounding for your legal career. 

The full-time degree consists of up to 16 lecture hours per week. Extra time is allocated to assignment work and to the vital independent study that shapes attitude, deepens understanding, and provides students with practical exposure to problem-solving. The evening part-time degree consists of 8-10 weekly lecture hours over 2-3 evenings.

With the Griffith College LL.B.  degree, the student will avail of individual career advice with work placement opportunities. They may also participate in innovative student activities such as the Irish Innocence Project, Griffith's Free Legal Advice Clinic as well as joining our award winning students in the Mooting and Debating Societies.

Following this course, the learner can go forward to sit the entrance examinations for the King's Inns or The Law Society of Ireland depending on whether they wish to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister. However, students are not tied to just a legal career as many of our students have pursued a career in banking, media and other related disciplines.

Structure

 

The LL.B. is three years in length. Students will study core subjects and pick electives allowing them to tailor their degree. This allows the student to focus on key areas that they are interested in such as criminal law, human rights law or corporate law.

Students can elect to study the programme full-time, part-time or via blended learning.

Full-time students will have classes generally Monday to Thursday from 9am - 6pm. 

Part-time students will have classes two evenings per week from 6pm to 10pm

Blended learning students will have a mix of online classes and study weekends consisting of tutorials.

 

* Students pick three electives in year two and four to five in year three depending on subjects chosen.

 

Year 1 Core Subjects
Semester other
Introduction to Law the Legal Skills
Law of Torts
Law of Contract
Criminal Law
Information Technology Skills
Year 2 Core Subjects
Semester other
Constitutional Law
Land Law
Company Law
Year 3 Core Subjects
Semester other
Equity and Trusts
European Union Law
Jurisprudence
Electives
Year 2 Electives
Semester other
Child Law
Mediation
Administrative Law
Medical Law
Law of Evidence
Mooting and Debating
Family Law
Criminology
Year 3 Electives
Semester other
Intellectual Property Law
International Human Rights Law
Revenue Law
Media Law
Miscarriages of Justice
Advanced Jurisprudence
Law of Banking and Finance
Commercial Law
Arbitration
Sports Law
Dissertation
Innocence Project
English Land Law
English Constitutional Law
Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements Cork

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language).

Entry Requirements Dublin

2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades, to include a language (English, Irish or other language).

Fees

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: accounts@griffith.ie:

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.

Campus: 
Cork
Study Mode: 
Part-Time
EU living Ireland: 
EUR €5,750.00
Fee: 
EUR *All fees are subject to a registration charge of €250
Campus: 
Dublin
Study Mode: 
Full-Time
EU living Ireland: 
EUR €6,200.00*
EU living Abroad: 
EUR €7.000.00*
Non EU living Ireland: 
EUR €10,000.00
Non EU living Abroad: 
EUR €10,000.00
Fee: 
EUR *All fees are subject to a registration charge of €250
Campus: 
Dublin
Study Mode: 
Part-Time
EU living Ireland: 
EUR €5,750.00*
Fee: 
EUR *All fees are subject to a registration charge of €250
Campus: 
Dublin
Study Mode: 
Blended
EU living Ireland: 
EUR €5,750.00*
Fee: 
EUR *All fees are subject to a registration charge of €250
How to Apply

If the applicant is under the age of 23 on January 1st, and looking for a full-time course, you must apply via the CAO. The course code for the LL.B. (Hons) in Law is GC403. You will need to have a minimum of 255 points in the Leaving Certificate and a minimum of 2 higher level C3's and 4 ordinary level D3's. If you have any query on this process please contact our admissions team on admissions@griffith.ie

If you are over 23 or want to apply for a part-time programme you can apply online. You will be required to provide a proof of identification such as a copy of your driving licence or passport. If you are an international student, we may also require documentation on your visa status. If you are under 23, we will require a copy of your leaving certificate results

Progression
Academic Progression: 

A LL.B. is a great grounding to many areas of studies. Many of our graduates go on to complete an LL.M. in an area of their choice. Griffith College offer a range of LL.M. Programmes. An LL.M. is a great foundation to a PhD and can be completed by classes or research.

Some of our graduates have gone on to complete further studies and Masters in the areas of Business and Journalism. 

Career Progression: 

On completion of an LL.B. in Law, there are many career options available to you. The traditional routes of Solicitor and Barrister are still some of the most common. However, many of our graduates go on to work in the area of media, banking and with large agencies such as the United Nations and the European Union.

Solicitors

Solicitors are professionally trained to provide clients with skilled legal advice and representation on all legal matters. Most solicitors work in private practice. But, commercial and industrial organisations also employ solicitors, as do the Civil Service and the public sector generally.

The work of solicitors varies as widely as the community they serve but some of the categories would include:

  • Advising private clients
  • Business
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Conveyancing
  • Wills, Probate & Administration of Estates

On completion of your degree, you must complete eight FE1 exams to gain entry to the Law Society in order to become a solicitor. You must also complete traineeship of at least 2 years and pass exams set by the Law Society at Blackhall Place in Dublin.

Solicitors have a very wide range of different functions:

  • A solicitor may give legal advice about non-contentious matters, such as buying a house or flat or drafting a will.
  • A solicitor may act as your agent or representative in commercial transactions.
  • Your solicitor may also give you legal advice and represent you in relation to a dispute or disagreement that you have with another party, for example, a family dispute or a dispute with your employer or your neighbour.
  • A solicitor may give you legal advice about taking or defending a case. If you have been involved in an accident, for example, a road traffic accident or an accident at work.
  • If you are involved in a court case, your solicitor will manage the case and represent you when dealing with the other party. For example, your solicitor will send letters to the other side on your behalf. Your solicitor will file all of the necessary court documents and contact the witnesses for the case.
  • If it is necessary to involve a barrister in the case, your solicitor will "brief" the barrister by sending him/her all of the necessary documents and information
  • Your solicitor may also actually represent you in court, although in the High Court and the Supreme Court, a barrister will usually be engaged.

Unlike barristers, solicitors are allowed to join together to form partnerships or companies and they are allowed to advertise their services.

Barristers

Barristers are professional advocates who deal with court work at all levels. Barristers specialise in providing an advisory and/or advocacy service for which they are briefed by a solicitor (or professional body). A barrister (also called "counsel") is a type of lawyer who specialises in court advocacy and the giving of legal opinion.

After your LL.B. degree, you must pass five entrance exams to enter the King’s Inns. Then you must go on to complete a the Barrister-At-Law Degree at the King’s Inns. This course is one year full-time or two years part-time. (The King's Inns is the body which governs entry to the profession of barrister-at-law in Ireland). After you have passed your exams, you must be "called to the Bar" and you must complete a year of "devilling", which is a form of apprenticeship for barristers.

Barristers have a wide range of different functions:

  • Barristers draft legal opinions. For example, a barrister might give you a legal opinion on whether or not you have a good legal case against someone with whom you have had a dispute.
  • The barrister will then write the legal documents (writs or pleadings) which must be filed in the case.
  • When the case comes to trial, it is the barrister who will represent you in court, speak on your behalf and argue your case before the judge.
  • Your barrister may also be the person who negotiates a settlement of your case instead of it going to trial.

Barristers are not contacted directly by the public - they are engaged by solicitors to work on a case. When you contact a solicitor for legal advice, your solicitor may recommend that a barrister be engaged to provide services. If you and your solicitor decide to involve a barrister in your case, the solicitor will send the barrister a brief containing all the relevant information and documents to assist the barrister in the presentation of the case. Barristers must act in accordance with the Bar Council Professional Code of Conduct.

Barristers are subject to many general rules, such as:

  • A barrister may only accept so much work as they can give adequate attention to within a reasonable time
  • A barrister must ensure confidentiality concerning client matters
  • A barrister has duties towards the courts and they cannot mislead a court in any way. A barrister may not tout or advertise their services.

Other Career Options

Many people who have obtained a Law Degree have used this degree to go down different career paths, the most common ones would be in areas of policy making both corporate and governmental, working in the NGO sector and careers in the media. 

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.