Griffith College

LL.B. (Hons) in Law

LL.B. (Hons) in Law

LL.B. (Hons) in Law

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

Cork: Full-Time, Part-Time
Dublin: Full-Time, Part-Time, Blended Learning
Students that study law part time in focus group
Validated by:QQI
QQI Level:8
Course Level:Undergraduate
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 fulltime 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 Blackhall Place 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.

 

 

 

 

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
Year 3 Electives
Semester other
Intellectual Property Law
Internationl 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
Overview Cork: 
2C3s (Hons) + 4D3s (Ord) to include a language that may be English
CAO Points Cork: 
270
Overview Dublin: 
2C3s (Hons) + 4D3s (Ord) to include a language that may be English - GC403
CAO Points Dublin: 
270
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 by:

Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8

Or Email: [email protected]

  •     Please note: In compliance with the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, a 2% academic bonding levy is applied in addition to all programme and registration fees relating to all QQI programmes or modules.
  •     Please note: that a Registration Fee of Euro 250.00 is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.
  •     The tuition fees quoted below are tuition fees for Year 1 of the course only.
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: 
Online
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 01st,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 270 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 [email protected]

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.’s in International Law. An LL.M. is a great foundation to a PhD and can be completed by classes or research.

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

Career Progression: 

On completion of a 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 to become a solicitor, you must complete eight FE1 exams to gain entry to the Law Society. Following this you must complete an apprenticeship 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. Solicitors do not have to wear any special clothes when in court. If there is a barrister involved in the case, the solicitor will usually sit facing the barrister in the bench under the Judge. If the barrister needs a matter to be clarified, he or she can then lean over to ask the The Law Society of Ireland sets down rules and regulations about how solicitors may conduct their business.

 

 

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 Kings 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 must wear white collars and a black gown in most courts. They may also wear a wig. In certain courts, such as the family law courts and the children's court, barristers do not wear the wig and gown. In Ireland, barristers are not allowed to set up "chambers" or partnerships together. Each barrister is self-employed and works as an individual. In 2011 the Government published a Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011. If you are involved in a court case, you may come across junior and senior counsel.

 

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 wayA barrister may not tout or advertise their services