Pre-university Law will equip you with a basic understanding of a wide range of legal concepts along with the administrative skills required in any legal secretarial role. The focus is on Irish law but aspects of European Law are also highlighted and discussed. You will be studying the importance of law to the operation of businesses in Ireland and where these laws originated. You will be able to identify, discuss and apply sources of law including the relevance of EU law. You will explore the nature and structure of the Irish legal system, essential aspects of the law of contract and the necessary features of the law of negligence.
If the focus of this course for you is in gaining employment in legal administration or secretary, you will be in demand. Otherwise you may progress to higher education to study Law or courses where Legal Studies are combined with other subjects. The course will fully prepare you to enter higher education to study a Level 7/8 degree course to progress to Solicitor/Barrister qualification.
Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.
QQI Legal Studies 5M3789
Minimum Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate: O6/H7 in 5 subjects
Leaving Certificate Applied
NFQ Level 4 major award
Equivalent qualifications will be accepted
Mature applicants who have relevant industry experience and may not meet the above requirements are welcome to apply.
Applicant Information Meeting
All applicants will be invited to an Applicant Information Meeting.
The course will fully prepare you to enter higher education to study a Level 7/8 degree course to progress to Solicitor/Barrister qualification. Level 8 degrees with QQI links include:
DBS Law; DCU Arts: Joint Hons Law; Griffith College Law; Maynooth University LLB and Law through Arts; TUD LLB and Law with Language; I.T, Carlow LLB; Trinity College Business and law; UCD Law.
This course is ideal for someone who is interested in the legal profession but doesn’t want to take centre stage in a courtroom and argue with judges! Most of the important work that surrounds legal cases takes place away from the public eye and as a legal secretary; you will be responsible for keeping a law firm’s affairs running smoothly. As a legal secretary you can expect to start earning €25,000 per annum if you work in Dublin and from €22,000 if you work anywhere else in Ireland (Irish Jobs.ie, January 2022).