Completion of an LL.B. opens a world of possibilities to graduates. The traditional route of gaining a professional qualification as a solicitor and barrister is still the most common, however, the LL.B. also lends itself to stimulating career opportunities across a range of areas including journalism, media, finance, public administration, industry and commerce.
Solicitor and barrister training still mandate the completion of a course of legal professional education at either the Law Society of Ireland (solicitors) or the Honourable Society of King’s Inns (barristers).
Solicitors are professionally trained to provide clients with skilled legal advice and representation on all legal matters.
Upon completion of the LL.B. at Griffith College, students must complete eight FE1 exams to gain entry to the Law Society of Ireland. This is followed by a two-year apprenticeship and a completion of a course of education at the Law Society of Ireland at Blackhall Place in Dublin.
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 and commence a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) Barrister-at-Law Degree at the King’s Inns. Upon successful completion of this Degree, one is "called to the Bar". To practise as a barrister, entrants must complete a year of "devilling", which is the equivalent of an apprenticeship for barristers where barristers work under the supervision of a more senior colleague for a period of at least one year.