Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executives) Part Time


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CILEx learning partner logoIndependent 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.

Endorsed by:

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’.

Meet The Lecturers

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.

Imelda Kelly, BBLS, Attorney-at-Law (New York), Barrister-at-Law

Imelda Kelly graduated from University College Dublin with an Honours Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies degree. She worked for a number of years in the non-governmental sector where she coordinated a law centre for people with disabilities. She was called to the New York Bar in January 2004, and subsequently attended the Honourable Society of King’s Inns and was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2005. She spent a year as a legal intern at the office of the Attorney General of Ontario in Toronto. She is a practising barrister, and lectures on Independent Colleges’ Honorable Society of King’s Inns and New York Bar Review programmes.

Diploma in Professional Legal Studies

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

Each unit has a 2 hour examination.

Assessment Details

This diploma is assessed by a two-hour examination in each topic.

Additional Information

*Electives are offered subject to demand

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.

Part Time: €1,850

Contact Details

The Admissions Office:
Phone:+353 1 6355800
E-mail: admissions@independentcolleges.ie