Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executives) Part Time

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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 for our autumn iteration on 12th October 2021 delivered via blended learning. . The course will be delivered via three hour lectures delivered every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and available online and in-class, streamed live and recorded 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 not 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 be delivered and recorded, and uploaded to Moodle for repeat viewing.


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 changing times. The health and safety of our learners are paramount.

Blended Learning

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 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.

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 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 (HONS); Barrister-at-Law


Anastasia Ward Certificate in Professional Legal Studies Lecturer at Independent College Dublin Programme Leader of LawAnastasia 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, LL.B.

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 of experience in teaching law students at an undergraduate and professional levels. Nadia lectures on Independent College’s LLB (Hons) program 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.

The Diploma in Professional Legal Studies has been specifically tailored for the Irish jurisdiction and covers four key areas, including:

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

*Electives are offered subject to demand.
+ Each unit has a 2 hour and 15 minutes examination.
+ The Saturday elective workshop provide an opportunity to engage in practical tasks an exercise related to the subject area. 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.

October Timetable 2021
View the autumn 2021 course timetable here.

*PLEASE NOTE: that the start date of classes has been postponed to a week later. The new start date is now Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Entry Requirements
+ Applicants are required to have passed the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executives) for entry to the diploma course.
+ In some cases, we can accept direct entry to the Diploma course if the applicant can demonstrate other prior legal academic qualifications and/or experience in practice, which cover the same modules as the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies to the satisfaction of the college.
+ You will have to provide evidence of a sufficient knowledge base of the Irish Legal System, the Law of Contract and Tort, Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure, and Land Law and Conveyancing.
+ Our Programme Leader for Professional Law Courses will assess each application for direct entry application if you have not completed our Certificate in Professional Legal Studies course.
+ If you have not completed the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies with us, you will need to complete an application for direct entry to the Diploma in Professional Legal Studies.
+ This application will require you to show the nature, quality and duration of your work experience to date, and submit a copy of supporting documents.
+ In order for this application to be successful, you will have to evidence sufficient knowledge base in the Irish Legal System, the Law of Contract and Tort, Civil Litigation Practice and Procedure, and Land Law and Conveyancing. Once we receive them, the Programme Leader for Professional Law Courses will assess them and give a decision regarding your direct entry application.

“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 to 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 teams shows 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 2018/19

Part Time: €1,850. Please enquire about payment options in your application form.