Certificate in Professional Legal Studies

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Our Certificate in Professional Legal studies is ideal for people who have not studied law before, but wish to start a legal career.  The Programme has been specifically tailored for students who want to practice as Legal Executives in the Republic of Ireland.

The qualification provides students with the knowledge to help in day-to-day work within a legal environment.

Independent College Dublin’s Professional Legal Studies course for legal executives is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and leads to the award of a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive) after Stage One.  Students that complete the Stage One Certificate are eligible to progress to Stage Two, the Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive).

Duration & Delivery

This is a 20-week course that commences on Wednesday 10th October 2018.  The course will be delivered via three hour lectures delivered every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.  There will be approximately four Saturday workshops within the 20 week period, which run from 9.30am to 12.30pm.


Our classes take place at Independent College Dublin, Block B, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Blended Learning

The course will be delivered both in-class and via blended learning.  This will facilitate students living outside of Dublin who wish to take the course.  Class lecturers will be recorded and posted online for students to access.

There will be a number of Saturday workshops throughout the 20 weeks that you will be required to attend as part of the blended learning approach.

Meet the Lecturer

Anastasia Ward, BCL; Barrister-at-Law

Anastasia Ward is a practicing barrister and has over seven years teaching experience with the Law Society of Ireland’s Law School and on Legal Executive programmes in the Republic of Ireland. Anastasia teaches Contract, Tort and Civil Litigation on the College’s Institute of Legal Executive programmes.

Certificate in Professional Legal Studies

Unit 1: Introduction to the Irish Legal System; Legal Research

Unit 2: Law of Torts; Contract Law

Unit 3: Civil Litigation

Unit 4: Land Law & Conveyancing

Each unit has a 2 hour examination.

What We Offer

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association for over 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales. For more than 50 years, they have been offering unparalleled access to a flexible career in law. CILEx works closely with Government and the Ministry of Justice and are recognised in England and Wales as one of the three core approved regulators of the legal profession alongside barristers and solicitors.

Founded in 1892, the Institute of Legal Executives became a company limited by guarantee in 1963 with the support and co-operation of the Law Society. On 30 January 2012, they became incorporated by Royal Charter and are now known as the ‘Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’.

The course is open admission and there are no entry requirements.

Course Costs & Payment Options

The fee is €1,850.  Payment is accepted by credit transfer, cheque, bank draft or credit/ debit card.

Contact Details

The Admissions Office:
Phone: 01 877 3925
E-mail: admissions@independentcolleges.ie

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