Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive)

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Independent College Dublin’s Professional Legal Studies programme leads to the award of a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive) after Stage One. The programme has been specifically tailored for those students who wish to practice as a Legal Executive in the Republic of Ireland.

This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. 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 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 Wednesday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and available online to suit learner’s needs. There will be approximately four 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.

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 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.

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
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.

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.

+ View the autumn 2020 course timetable Certificate in Professional Legal Studies Timetable Autumn 2020 (Final)

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.

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 made payable by credit transfer or credit/ debit card.

Contact Details

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

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