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 February 3rd 2021, delivered via blended learning. The course will be delivered via three hour lectures delivered every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm delivered in-class and recorded 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 that you will be required to attend as part of the blended learning approach.

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

While our course is normally delivered via blended learning this spring cohort will be thought live online only due to Government health guidelines. All live online classes will be recorded for repeat viewing on our VLE, Moodle.

The course will be delivered both in-class and online. 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 live and made available on Moodle for students to access freely.

All classes are thought via blended learning and recorded live for repeat viewing so late entry is perfectly feasible. Apply today or contact admissions@independentcolleges.ie for more information.

Meet the Lecturers

Anastasia Ward, BCL (HONS); 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 over 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). Anastasia joined the teaching team here in Independent College in 2007.

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 both Civil Advocacy and Criminal Advocacy.

Anastasia currently holds the positions of Program Leader for the Master of the Arts in Dispute Resolution, Program Leader for the FE1 and Kings Inns Preparatory Courses, and the Certificate and Diploma in Irish Legal Studies.
In addition, on the MA in Dispute Resolution she lectures in Principles of Negotiation Theory, Applied Negotiation Practice, Theory and Practice of Arbitration and Workplace Dispute Resolution. On CILEX and DILEX she lectures on the Introduction to the Irish Legal System, Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure, Wills and Succession, and Family Law and Procedure Modules.

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 Spring 2021 course timetable here

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’.

“I undertook the Certificate and Diploma in Professional Legal Studies in Independent College Dublin from 2018-2020.
They were very enjoyable and in-depth courses that helped me in understanding the tasks of my day-to-day job. The course was through blended learning whereby, you could attend campus or view the lecture online. This was a great advantage when it came to studying for the exams as you could listen back on each lecture and gain a vast amount of knowledge on the subject. The lecturers were down to earth and highly qualified, and they could not do enough to help you in any way possible.They were very approachable, and the lectures were engaging from start to finish. I obtained my Diploma in Legal Studies with a Distinction and this gave me the confidence to successfully apply for my new position as a qualified Legal Executive.

I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Law or working as a Legal Secretary who wanted to increase their knowledge and day to day workings of the law. The team in Independent College Dublin are professional and will always do what the can to help. I would highly recommend this course or indeed, any course in Independent College Dublin to anyone who wanted to further their education. All you need to do is to make contact with the team and they will make the rest easy for you.”

Lisa Neville, class of 2018/2020

“I am now working as a Legal Executive which is a job I got within 4 weeks of obtaining my Certificate and Diploma in Professional Legal Studies from Independent College Dublin. I am so happy and owe them everything. Once I received my qualifications it opened many doors for me and is highly recognised by many employers. The courses are run to a very high standard and all the college team show an interest in every student. I would highly recommend Independent College Dublin and these courses. The lecturers in the college are amazing and genuinely want you to succeed.”

Aishling Currivan, class of 2018/2019

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