Law - Professional - Conversion Course - Grangegorman

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Law - Professional - Conversion Course - Grangegorman

Course Title: Master of Arts in Law (Professional)
What is... Law (Professional)?
The Master of Arts in Law (Professional) is a comprehensive, yet flexible, post-graduate law degree designed to fast-track graduates to a successful career in the legal professions and other careers requiring comprehensive legal knowledge and analytic skills.

The programme provides students with a thorough, comprehensive understanding of Irish law, the institutional framework of the Irish legal system and the context for Ireland’s position in the global legal system. It equips students with high-level reasoning and analytical skills enabling them to solve legal problems in a range of social, commercial and regulatory contexts, and to critically evaluate legal rules and processes.

The Master of Arts in Law (Professional) offers small-class sizes to facilitate interactive learning and provides students with access to a team of expert law lecturers, many of whom have extensive experience of legal practice.

The programme is designed to afford students maximum flexibility in tailoring a law degree to meet their own educational and professional needs. Students take Legal Skills and eleven additional modules chosen from covering both FE1 subjects and topics at the cutting edge of law and legal systems. This programme is delivered on a part-time basis over four years, providing flexibility for those combining study with other work commitments.

The programme is an accredited law degree for the purposes of King’s Inns admission, providing a QQI approved route to qualification as a barrister.

Classes are held, in the main, between 9am and 6pm Monday-Friday with some modules offered in the evening. Timetables allow students to attend classes covering all 8 FE1 subjects from Monday-Wednesday. A sample timetable is available from

Examinations are held once a year in May. Coursework is set throughout the academic year.

Subjects taught

All students take a Legal Skills module in their first year of registration. This module emphasises practical skills such as research, writing and advocacy. Students also participate in moot courts, prepare and deliver presentations and work together in completing group projects.

Students take five additional modules in first year and six modules in second year. There are no required modules beyond Legal Skills and for 2020/21 the modules offered were:
• Company Law
• Constitutional Law
• Contract Law
• Criminal Law
• Equity
• European Union Law
• Property Law
• Law of Torts
• Refugee and Asylum Law
• Evidence
• Jurisprudence
• Administrative Law
• European Human Rights Law
• Criminology
• Media and Intellectual Property Law
• Family Law
• Law & Society Research Clinic

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements?
Admission to the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) requires at least a second class honours level 8 primary degree (2.2 or higher).

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 7.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 7.5 in each component.

Due to competition for places, satisfying the minimum entry requirements is not a guarantee of a place.

Students who obtained the DIT Post-Graduate Diploma in Law in 2014 or later may apply for entry into year two of the course. However, these students should note that the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) is accredited by King's Inns only for those who commence year one in 2017/8 or later.

Application dates

Applications for courses commencing in September 2024 will open in November 2023.

What happens if I apply late?
Late applications will be considered if space remains after all timely applications have been dealt with.

Assessment Info

Assessment consists of a combination of examination and coursework. Some modules are examination only, some are entirely coursework based and others use a combination of both modes of assessment. Examinations are held once a year in May.


120 ECTS credits


2 years
Mode of Study: Full Time
Method of Delivery: On-Campus

Instruction is provided through a combination of lectures and coursework. Students are expected to complement timetabled hours with private study and self-learning. There are approximately 13 timetabled hours per week, depending on the modules selected by the student. A commitment of approximately 40 hours per week is normally required of students on the course.

Classes run between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 6-9pm Monday to Thursday where evening options are selected.

4 years
Mode of Study Part Time
Method of Delivery On-Campus

When taken part-time, students will have class contact time of approximately 6.5 hours per week with a total time commitment of 20 hours per week. Whilst some modules are offered in the evening, part-time student’s take the bulk of their classes with full-time students. Therefore although a part-time option is available, this is not an evening course and attendance during the day should be expected. A sample timetable is available from the law office:

Enrolment dates

Commencement Date: September 2024

Post Course Info

What are my career opportunities?
Graduates of the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) are highly sought after by the “Big Six” law firms as well as other law firms throughout Ireland. Graduates have also gone on to pursue successful careers at the Bar, the Courts Service and other justice agencies.

The programme also has a consistent track record of producing graduates who are well-placed to succeed in competitions for public service employment and to obtain positions in highly regulated industries such as pharmaceuticals, Information Technology, Banking and Finance, Insurance and Energy. It is also suitable for professionals looking to upskill in law.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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