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The Post-Graduate Diploma in Law offers a firm grounding in law for those wishing to pursue careers in the public service, regulation, professional services and other sectors requiring comprehensive legal knowledge and analytic skills.

The programme aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the institutional framework and principles of Irish Law, enabling them to apply and critically evaluate legal rules and processes. Students will learn how to draw upon legal sources to propose novel solutions to a range of regulatory difficulties and thus develop high-level reasoning and analytic skills. They will acquire advocacy and policy development skills through engagement with a range of social, commercial and regulatory issues at a national and EU level.

The programme is offered on a modular basis; students must take Legal Skills in their first year of registration, but can choose their remaining modules from the full suite offered.

Classes are held, in the main, during the day. Some subjects are offered in the evening. A sample timetable is available from the law office:

Full-time students are expected to devote approximately 40 hours per week to class attendance and self-study. Examinations are held once a year in May. Coursework is set throughout the academic year.

Who Should Apply?
Graduates of any discipline who wish to pursue a career in law will find that the Post-Graduate Diploma offers them a good grounding in the academic discipline of law. The programme is also suitable to those who may have earned their primary degree some years ago and who wish to retrain or re-enter the workforce. No prior knowledge of law is expected.

The programme will also be of interest to those already working in the legal industry who wish to upskill, and to public servants and other professionals who engage with law in their day-to day work.

Entry requirements

Admission to the Post-Graduate Diploma in Law requires at least a second class honours level 8 primary degree (2.2 or higher).
Due to competition for places, satisfying the minimum entry requirements is not a guarantee of a place.


Full Time - 1 Year
Part Time - 2 Year

Please note: classes are run during the day time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

Recent graduates have found employment in "Big Five" law firms as well as other private law firms through-out Ireland. Others are working in the public service and in private businesses. Some students take the Post-Graduate Diploma in order to prepare for the Law Society Final Examination Part 1. The programme offers all subjects examined in the FE 1's, although there may not be precise correspondence in syllabi.

In addition to the professions, graduates 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.

Master of Arts in Law (Professional) DT9028 Full time, DT9029 Part-time

Students commencing in 2017 or later have the option to apply into year two of the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) within 5 years of obtaining the PGDIP. Students who wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) immediately upon completing the PGDIP must apply before 1 April in their year of expected graduation from the PGDIP.

Master of Arts in Law DT567A
The Master of Arts in Law is available only to students who complete the DIT PGDIP in Law and who obtain at least a Merit Lower award.

The Master of Arts in Law has one taught module in Advanced Research Methods. Students also complete a 15,000 -20,000 thesis under the supervision of a law lecturer.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator

Ms Eavan Murphy
School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences,
College of Arts and Tourism,
Department of Law, DIT Aungier Street.
T: 01-402 3145

Subjects taught

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

Students take 5 additional modules to complete the programme. There are no required modules beyond Legal Skills. For 2018/9 the modules offered are:

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.


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

Timetable / Hours
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.

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 programme and attendance during the day should be expected. A sample timetable is available from the law office:

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: The general closing date is 30th April 2019. Please note that late applications may be accepted subject to availability.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2019

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

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