Frequently Asked Questions
Law is a vast and exciting subject that has an impact upon all of life’s choices. The study of law will introduce you to topical and controversial issues. The skills that you will develop through analysing these issues and through taking our specially designed legal skills modules will equip you for success in any professional career. These skills include the ability to synthesis complex arguments, to propose solutions to difficult problems and to persuasively present your ideas in written and oral form.
Having completed a qualifying law degree at Griffith College, graduates must sit the five entrance examinations to the Honourable Society of King’s Inns. Successful candidates must then complete one year of full-time study at the Honourable Society of King’s Inns before being called to the Bar. Graduates with non-qualifying law degrees must first complete the Honourable Society of King’s Inns’ two year part-time diploma programme (see www.kingsinns.ie).
On successful completion of your law degree, you may continue your study to become a barrister or solicitor or you may seek employment in the public or private sectors. Law and legal activity are the basis of all social and political change, and it is becoming an increasingly popular career option that offers a wealth of professional opportunities. As a graduate you will have achieved highly developed analytical, research and communication skills.
Students who register for a mixed discipline programme (BA (Hons) Business and Law will acquire the skills to effectively apply their legal knowledge in industry, and their business knowledge in the practice of law.
Students must have obtained a minimum of grade C3 in at least two higher level papers together with a minimum of four D3s in ordinary level subjects to include a language. Some law programmes require a pass in ordinary level Maths. A points level will also apply to all honours degree programmes offered by the Law School.
Applicants with relevant experiential learning will also be considered.
Ordinarily four to five days per week with lectures between 9am and 6pm
Ordinarily lectures for most courses are delivered two to three evenings per week. Find information for a specific part-time course.
Having completed a recognised primary degree in any discipline, graduates sit the Law Society Entrance Examinations(Final Examinations(Part1)). Successful candidatesare are then required to complete a period of apprenticeship and complete the Law Society's PPC 1 and PPC 2 examinations (see http://www.lawsociety.ie)
Blended learning is a flexible way of completing your course of study, combining online aspects with in-classroom experience to allow for an accessible learning style. In a blended course, students may view lectures, access readings, ask questions and complete assignments online, so time in the classroom can focus more on discussion and activities. It creates opportunities to study a wide range of subjects and gain qualifications while learning flexibly, whenever and wherever suits you. Blended learning is the integration of digital tools, techniques and materials with the physical classroom. In a blended course, students may view lectures, access readings, ask questions, and complete assignments online in virtual learning environments (VLE) like Moodle and through online classrooms such as Zoom, freeing up in-person class periods for discussions, activities and traditional lectures. Other terms, such as mixed, hybrid, or integrative learning, all describe the same method of teaching. Visit this link for more information.
The following career routes exist for Graduates of the LL.B. (Hons) and many have gone on to pursue such career paths:
- Progression to professional practice as a solicitor or barrister in Ireland or (subject to meeting jurisdictional entry requirements) as a lawyer outside of Ireland, in the EU or further afield.
- Legal specialist, advisory, management, compliance and regulation roles in domestic commercial non-legal services providing entities such as banks, insurance firms, accountancy firms, management consultancy firms, and diverse corporations ranging from mobile phone providers (e.g. Vodafone Ireland) to internet services and products (e.g. Google and Facebook)
- Legal specialist, advisory, management, compliance, regulation, research and advocacy roles in the domestic civil service; e.g. the Law Reform Commission
- Employment within one of the EU institutions such as the Directorate General for Competition.
Studying as a part time or blended learning student while working full time is very achievable and is the approach adopted by over 50% of learners on the LL.B. (Hons) on annual basis. Students on the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice, Certificate in Mediation and our LL.M and post-graduate programmes also successfully balance studying part time and working full-time.
All students on the Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice complete the same modules and assessments, the only difference is that the modules are spread over either one year or two years.
If you are 23 years of age on or before the 1st January of the year you want to enter, you may apply as a mature student. Mature learners do not require previous legal experience to enter a number or our programmes including the LLB (Hons) or the DLSP. Those who do not qualify as mature learners are required to meet the minimum academic entry requirements and, depending on the programme, some legal experience may be required. Specific information can be found on the individual course page.
Specific entry requirements apply to all postgraduate programmes, these can include a specific legal qualification (and award classification) and/or legal experience. Learners who do not possess the necessary academic entry requirements, but do have substantial legal experience can be assessed based on the same. For more information contact our Admissions Department on [email protected].
All of Griffith College’s Law programmes are validated by the QQI and sit on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). As such, are internationally recognised. Griffith College law degrees are acknowledged worldwide for their quality and academic rigour. LL.B. (Hons) law degree holders are eligible to sit the Law Society of Ireland, Final Examinations (Part 1) and the entrance examinations for the Honorable Society of Kings Inns. If you hope to enter a legal profession outside of the Republic of Ireland, you must check the local requirements for legal practice and admission to confirm the extent to which other jurisdictions will recognise the Griffith College law degree.