Independent College Dublin’s professional legal studies course for legal executives is endorsed by the Institute of Legal Executives and leads to the award of a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive) after Stage One and Diploma in Legal Studies (Legal Executive) at the end of Stage Two.
This advanced diploma in legal studies has been specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a Legal Executive in Ireland.
Duration & Delivery
This is a 20-week course that commences on October 6th 2020 with the possibility to join after this date through blended learning. The course will be delivered via three hour lectures delivered every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and available online to suit learner’s needs. There will be approximately two Saturday workshops within the 20 week period, which run from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
In the event that the Government guidelines change in a manner that will facilitate in-class delivery prior to the commencement of, or during the course, we will advise you immediately. In those circumstances, the live stream lectures will continue to be recorded and uploaded to Moodle.
Our classes take place at Independent College Dublin, Block B, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1. Our campus will fully adhere to all the requirements for education delivery in these changed times. The health and safety of our learners is paramount.
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 and those who cannot make evening classes on all occasions or wish to continue learning from home at this time. Class lecturers will be recorded and posted online for students to access freely.
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.
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 cooperation 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’.
Meet The Lecturers
Anastasia Ward, BCL; Barrister-at-Law
Anastasia Ward B.L. graduated from U.C.D. with B.C.L. (Hons), and qualified as a Barrister in 1994, and practiced for in excess of 20 years at the Bar. Since 1995, Anastasia has lectured in institutions as diverse as the City of Dublin VEC (1997-2004) , DIT (1999-2001), Griffith College Dublin (2001 – 2010), and the Law School on behalf of the Law Society of Ireland (1995-2009). In the Law Society, in addition to her role as an associate faculty member teaching inter alia Landlord and Tenant, Civil and Criminal Advocacy, Practice Development, Negotiation Theory and Practice, she acted as Examiner in Civil and Criminal Advocacy. Anastasia currently holds the positions of Program Leader for the Master of the Arts in Dispute Resolution, and the Certificate and Diploma in Irish Legal Studies. In addition, she lectures in Dispute Theory and Dynamics, Negotiation Theory and Practice, Arbitration Law and Workplace Dispute Resolution on the MA Program; while on CILEX and DILEX she lectures in Legal Systems, Contract and Tort Law, Civil Litigation Theory and Practice, Land Law and Conveyancing, Wills and Succession and Company Law.
Nadia Bhatti graduated with an LLB degree from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a PhD candidate with the Law School at Trinity College Dublin. Nadia has over six years’ experience in teaching law students at undergraduate and professional level. Nadia lectures on Independent College’s LLB (Hons) programme in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. She delivers the EU and Constitutional Law courses on the FE-1 preparatory course, as well as the Employment and Criminal Law modules on the CILEx Diploma. Having formally tutored at the Law School in Trinity College Dublin in Employment Law, she also delivers Independent College’s Employment Law Diploma.
Unit 1: Law of Wills & Succession; Probate Practice
Unit 2: Family Law; Family Law & Practice
Unit 3: Employment Law; Employment Law & Practice
Unit 4* (elective):Criminal Law & Procedure
Unit 4* (elective):Company & Partnership Law & Practice; Company Law Practice
The Saturday workshop provide an opportunity to engage in practical tasks an exercise related to the subject area. There is a two-hour and fifteen minutes examination for each unit. Students have access to our library and online journals throughout their time at Independent College Dublin. Students are also provided with customised manuals for each module.
+ Our autumn course timetable is available to view here DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL LEGAL STUDIES Autumn 2020(FINAL)
Each unit has a 2 hour examination.
This diploma is assessed by a two-hour examination in each topic.
*Electives are offered subject to demand
Part Time: €1,850