Introduction to the Irish Legal System (Taster Course from DLSP)

Professional / Short Course
8 Weeks x 1 Evening
Validated by
Griffith College
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Students will gain an understanding of the Irish legal system.

This module will develop the understanding of the branches of the legal profession, their key roles and functions and how they are inter-related.


This course focuses on the development of professional skills; while it does not sit on the national framework, the module is drawn from Griffith College’s suite of QQI-validated programmes.

Why Study the Irish Legal System at Griffith College?

This module aims to introduce students to the following:

  • Both what ‘law’ is and the difference between a common law and a civil law system.
  • The historical development of the Irish legal system and in particular the influence of the reception of the Constitution of 1937.
  • The doctrine of precedent and increase the learners’ awareness of the structure and jurisdiction of the various courts in the Irish court system.
  • The knowledge of the sources of law, in particular, the Irish Constitution of 1937.
  • Introduce learners to the concept of legal reasoning.

Intake Dates

We run one intake for this course, commencing as follows:


  • Autumn: September*


Subject to sufficient numbers*

Please see the timetable section for the course dates.

Course Details

Introduction to the Irish Legal System Subjects

  • Introduction
  • Sources of Law –national and international
  • The Irish Courts
  • Legal Personnel
  • The Doctrine of Precedent
  • International Law - European Union Law; the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


September 2023

Dates to be confirmed. 

Please contact [email protected] to request a timetable



How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Mature Students 

If you are 23 years or over from the 1st January of this year, you can apply for this course directly using the College’s online application form.

Under 23 Years 

Old Leaving Cert (Pre 2017)

Min. 5 OD3's in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent award and 1 year's legal experience.

New Leaving Cert

Min. 5 O6/H7's in the Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent award and 1 year's legal experience.

English Language

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Griffith College is now accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. Please see here for further details.

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 445.83


What further study can I do?

Further to completion of this module, learners are recommended to continue their studies at Griffith College by applying for our Diploma in Legal Studies and Practice course.

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