Course Title: Postgraduate Diploma in Law
Admission to the Post-Graduate Diploma in Law 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 6 in each component.
Due to competition for places, satisfying the minimum entry requirements is not a guarantee of a place.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 course 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.
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 2020/21 the modules offered are:
- Company Law
- Constitutional Law
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- European Union Law
- Property Law
- Law of Torts
- Refugee and Asylum Law
- Administrative Law
- European Human Rights Law
- Media and Intellectual Property Law
- Family Law
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 course and attendance during the day should be expected. A sample timetable is available from the law office: email@example.com.
At what level is this programme offered?
This programme is offered at level 9 on the NQAI National Framework of Qualifications. It attracts 60 ECTS credits.
Where do I find information on becoming a lawyer?
For information on how to become a solicitor see www.lawsociety.ie. For information on how to become a barrister, see www.kingsinns.ie.
Will this course prepare me for the FE-1 Law Society entrance examinations?
The Post Graduate Diploma in Law includes tuition in all eight of the law examinations required for entry to the Law Society of Ireland, only five can be taken for credit over the course of the programme.
Will this course help me to become a barrister?
Although the tuition offered may be of some assistance to those seeking to become a barrister, completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Law will not act as a substitute for completion of the King`s Inns` Diploma in Legal Studies programme. However students entering the PGDIP in 2017 and subsequent years have the option of applying (within 5 years of graduation) into year two of the Master of Arts in Law (Professional) at TU Dublin which is an accredited law degree for the purposes of admission to King’s Inns.
How much will the books required for this course cost?
Law texts are expensive and students aiming to complete the FE-1 examinations should budget approximately 700 Euro for law texts.
Is there financial assistance for students on this course?
Applicants should consider contacting their local authority for advice on financial support for the completion of this course. Those who have been unemployed or on welfare may also be eligible for the Back to School Grant offered by the Department of Social and Family Affairs (www.dsfa.ie). Fees paid may be deductible from taxable income at the standard rate (20%) (contact the Revenue Commissioners for further details). Students in particular difficulty may also apply to the college student services for a hardship grant but funds are limited and there is no guarantee of support.
What are the criteria for admitting students?
Admission to this course is based solely on merit. The Programme Committee will consider first, the academic profile of the student; second, his or her motivation for studying law; third, whether he or she has any prior experience of law. We discourage canvassing by or on behalf of students
When will I found out if my application is successful?
Offers will be made in two tranches, on 30th April 2020 and 1st July 2020. If you already have your final degree results you will hear from us on the earliest of the above two dates after you apply. If your results are pending at the time of application, a conditional offer may be made, but the offer cannot be formally accepted until your final degree results are submitted to the TU Dublin post-graduate office. Students who apply with results pending should forward their results to us as soon as they become available.
What happens if I apply late?
Late applications will be considered if space remains after all timely applications have been dealt with.