Law & the Administration of Justice

The Diploma in Law is a one-year, part-time programme that addresses the basic laws and legal principles that determine and influence the work of the State and private enterprise. It focuses on four key subjects. Students will learn about, among other things, how the Irish courts operate, the rights protected by the Constitution, the legal powers of state bodies, the laws governing contracts and business relationships and the laws that protect employees. 

Diploma in Law

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

A blend of distance education and weekend seminars at the IPA.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. 

OR

Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 7 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

September 2018

Application Deadline

September 2018

Fees

The cost of the programme is €2,750 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in two instalments

Progression

Graduates can enter the second year of the BA (Hons) on completion of a bridging programme.

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The Programme

The Diploma in Law is a one-year, part-time programme that addresses the basic laws and legal principles that determine and influence the work of the State and private enterprise. It focuses on four key subjects. Students will learn about, among other things, how the Irish courts operate, the rights protected by the Constitution, the legal powers of state bodies, the laws governing contracts and business relationships and the laws that protect employees. 

Is This Programme for you?

Yes, if you would like to acquire a comprehensive introduction to law in just one academic year. As the programme moves between constitutional, business, administrative and employment law, it attracts a diverse range of students. Many are also attracted by the very flexible delivery method. While a prior knowledge of Irish law is not a formal entry requirement, some familiarity with legal principles and concepts would be an advantage.

Subjects
The Legal System and Constitutional Law

Public servants must understand the fundamentals of the legal system. This course focuses on the fundamentals, explaining the Irish legal system and the main provisions of the Irish Constitution. Students explore, among other topics, the structure of the court system, practice and procedure in the courts and the rights that the Constitution affords citizens.

Business and Company Law

All transactions in the State, whether public or private, are governed by commercial law. In this course, students will examine the laws that pertain to the creation, performance and dissolution of contracts, the formation of companies, the acquisition of shares and the liquidation of businesses.

Administrative Law

Administrative law is a public law subject that deals with the lawful exercise of power by government and state agencies. It seeks, in short, to establish the manner in which public bodies can affect the lives of citizens. Students will examine the laws regarding the civil service, the separation of powers, judicial review and legal compliance.

Employment Law

A very significant body of laws regulates the employment relationship. This course explains and analyses that body of law, discussing such key topics as the employment contract, the legislation that protects employees and the laws regulating the employment of non-nationals.

Assessment

Students complete assignments and sit examinations. 

Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

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