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Law - Conversion Programme

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law aims to provide an integrated programme in the practice and theory of law, supported by lectures, coursework and research projects. The academic foundation in law gained by a successful student should be sufficient to permit him or her to proceed onto the further professional training necessary to become a solicitor. A graduate will acquire a critical understanding of and approach to the diversity of legal issues in contemporary Irish society - skills useful to a career in law and transferable to employment in a wide variety of contexts including business, the public service and the voluntary sector.

This is a modular programme designed to offer the maximum range of choice to students with an interest in law.

These optional modules can be taken in addition to or in lieu of the core modules. For students with an interest in a specialised area of law (e.g., Immigration, Family) but who do not necessarily wish to pursue the practice of law as a career, they may find they are attending some evening and some daytime classes.

Students may pursue the required modules on a full-time basis over one year, or a part-time basis over two years.

Please note that students enrolled on the part-time course will be required to attend lectures during the day time. While this is a part time course, it is not a night course.

Full time students are anticipated to devote approximately 40 hours per week to class and self study.

Subject to the availability of resources, small-group, problem-solving tutorials may supplement lectures in the 'core' areas of law.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Law ordinarily requires at least a second class honours primary degree (2.2 grade or higher) or a recognised equivalent of an academic qualification. Candidates with a pass degree who also hold a recognised higher diploma or Masters qualification with a 2.2 honours or higher may also be considered. Candidates who do not meet these criteria may make a case for exceptional entry, subject to the discretion of the Head of School.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Duration

Full Time - 1 Year
Part Time - 2 Year

Please note: classes are run during the day time.

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 16 hours of class contact per week depending on the modules selected by the student. In total, a commitment of approximately 40 hours per week normally is required of students on the course.

PgDip: classes run from 9 am - 6 pm on Monday to Thursday during the day, and evening classes run 6pm - 9pm.

Please note the part time modules will be held in conjunction with the full time modules. Therefore the classes will be based during business hours and not as an evening programme.

Students may pursue the required modules on a full-time basis over one year, or a part-time basis over two years.

Full time students are anticipated to devote approximately 40 hours per week to class and self study.

Number of credits

60

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Recent graduates have found employment principally in private laws firms throughout Ireland. Some have sought employment in government and in a variety of business contexts. Some students take the Postgraduate Diploma Course in preparation for Law Society of Ireland (Blackhall Place) FE-1Entrance Exams. The programme covers all the subjects which are examinable as part of the FE-1 exams. Questions about admission to the Law Society of Ireland should be directed to: The Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 Phone: 01-6724802, www.lawsociety.ie. The courses offered at DIT are broadly similar in content to the Blackhall Place syllabi. The syllabi for DIT courses cover most, if not all, topics on the Blackhall Place syllabi. The syllabi for Blackhall Place FE-1 exams and other information on how to become a solicitor is available on the Law Society website noted above. Students regularly seek advice on these exams. While some students take half the FE-1 exams during their studies at DIT (usually in April) we recommend that students complete their studies at DIT before attempting any of the Law Society exams.

Progression
MA in Law - DT567 Full Time, DT567A Part Time

The MA in Law is only available to students who complete the DIT PgDip in Law at the required level (typically, a 2.2 is required in the PgDip).

The MA in Law is deemed a full-time or part-time programme (the choice is up to the student). There is one taught module, in advanced research methods, and the student is expected to devote full-time effort to the completion of a 15,000 - 20,000 word thesis under the supervision of a law lecturer.

Students have found that they can complete the required thesis within the allocated time frame while employed on a full or part- time basis.

There is an upper limit of 20 students on the MA in Law.

The MA in Law usually begins in October, after the Autumn sitting of the FE-1 exams at The Law Society.

Successful students will have a superior piece of written work reflecting a sustained period of legal research to show to prospective employers.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator

Eavan Murphy
School of Social Sciences and Law
College of Arts and Tourism
Dept of Law
DIT Aungier Street
Dublin 2

T: 01 402 3145
F: 01 402 7184
E: law@dit.ie

Subjects taught

All students attend a one semester-long module entitled ' Core Legal Skills' in order to provide them with sufficient foundation for the study of substantive legal topics. In this foundational module, an emphasis is placed on practical skills such as accessing the law, reading and analysing legal material, conducting research and approaching examinations and other assignments.

Students are required to select a further 5 modules in a variety of substantive areas of law; the modules on offer include:
Company Law, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Equity,European Union Law, Property Law, and the Law of Torts.

Other modules such as Employment Law, European Human Rights Law, Family Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property Law, Evidence, Administrative Law, Refugee Law and Immigration Law are also available as part of our suite of evening modules.

Students may attend as many modules as they wish, but are assessed in only six (including Core Legal Skills).

Comment

Award

Graduates of the course are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Law of the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Location: All classes are currently offered at DIT Aungier Street. The address of the Department of Law is: DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2

CONVERSION PROGRAMME

The Law Department of the Dublin Institute of Technology offers an intensive 'conversion' programme in law. The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) conversion programme. Many DIT law graduates have successfully completed the entry exams to the Law School of the Law Society and progressed onto a career as a solicitor. The PGDip in Law is a valuable academic qualification in law in its own right - graduates of the DIT PGDip in Law have been accepted onto LL.M. programmes at prestigious Irish law schools. A successful graduate of the DIT PGDip in Law can also choose to 'top up' their qualification by completing a thesis under the direction of an academic supervisor and obtain an MA in Law from DIT - setting themselves apart in a competitive employment market with an example of a sustained piece of legal research and writing.

This programme should be of particular interest to students hoping to complete the FE-1 Law Society of Ireland entrance exams. Students considering a career in insurance, banking, financial services, social work, human resources, human rights, justice and the civil and public service generally may also find this programme useful. For additional information call Bruce Carolan, Head of Law, at (01) 402-3016, or email: law@dit.ie

Assessment method

Assessment will consist of a combination of unseen and seen written examination questions, as well as project work in the nature of research problems, coursework and essays. There will be at least one annual assignment in each module.

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Programme Code: DT547 (FT) / DT547A (PT)

Start Date: September 2017

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