Law Society of Ireland


An intensive postgraduate diploma spread over eight modules, this course is designed for those who require an introduction to the discipline of law in a number of core areas. This course is unique in that it integrates the academic theory with the practice of law. Our module tutors are experienced practitioners and are well placed to provide instruction in the various substantive topics of law with the added benefit of being able to relate to the real life practice of law when required.

Students can choose between a one-year or two-year option of study to best suit their needs. Those students who select the two-year option generally elect to study two modules per semester.

Our innovative blended learning approach affords ultimate flexibility in terms of accessing our course and this may appeal to those who are working or based outside Dublin whilst undertaking the diploma. Lectures may be attended onsite, 'live' online, or played back on demand.

Lectures are held weekly on a Wednesday evening from 6pm to 8.30pm with a monthly block release weekend on a Friday and Saturday. The Saturday workshop sessions form an integral part of the course design and are intended to consolidate what is learned in lectures. They offer an opportunity to participants to work in smaller groups, facilitated by experienced practitioners working through relevant problem-based case studies. Each module will also comprise a skills session tailored to the particular topic and there will be additional specific workshops on legal writing and examination techniques.

Subjects taught

The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Semester 1 (September - January)
Module 1: Constitutional Law,
Module 2: Criminal Law,
Module 3: Contract Law,
Module 4: Tort.
Semester 2 (February - May)
Module 5: Company Law,
Module 6: EU Law,
Module 7: Property Law,
Module 8: Equity or Employment Law.

Introduction to the legal system
We launch the course with an additional online module which acts as a support to students beginning their studies in law. Available for the duration of the course, it features online activities, self-assessed quizzes, suggested readings and video content. This online material is supported by a number of follow-up revision sessions and interactive workshops held throughout the course. The aim of the module is to equip students with the necessary skills they need to study law and to approach examinations and assignments with confidence.

Topics covered include:
An introduction to the Irish legal system,
Sources of Irish law,
Civil and criminal procedure,
Reading judgments,
The legislative process,
Introduction to legal writing,
How to answer exam questions,
Legal research.

Entry requirements

Diploma in Law: Entry Requirements
- Holders of a non-legal degree from a recognised third level institution.
- Applications from overseas graduates will be examined on a case by case basis.
- Graduates must submit copies of academic transcripts including final degree results with their application.
- Original or Certified true copies must be presented at registration for verification purposes.
- All applicants will be interviewed – this may be by telephone or in person. Non-graduate applicants
- Applications are also welcome from non-graduates who have demonstrable and relevant legal work experience. In addition to a completed application form, non-graduate applicants must forward a detailed CV with two written references and cover letter outlining their interest in the course and relevant work experience.
- All applicants will be interviewed – this may be by telephone or in person

General Information
1. A sufficient level of English proficiency is required to successfully complete the course. IELTS or TOEFL score for applicants whose first language is not English should be furnished. Language School Certificates are not accepted.

2. Applicants must forward a copy of their passport/ driving licence and proof of address prior to registration.

3. Applications are considered on a first come first served basis until such time as the course is full.

4. All applications are considered purely on merit, by reference to academic results and other information supplied in the application process.

5. If any information provided during the application process is subsequently found to be false, the Diploma Centre of the Law Society of Ireland retains the absolute right to cancel a place on the course. The Diploma Centre will not accept any responsibility for arrangements, commitments or liabilities undertaken by the applicant on foot of being previously accepted to the course

Application dates

The closing date for applications for this course is 21 August 2023. To apply please follow the application instructions below (in webpage via Application Weblink)


1 or 2 years

Live online lectures Wednesdays and occasional Thursdays 6pm to 8.30pm. One block weekend each month (Friday and Saturday). Lectures available to view on demand.

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