The course aims to provide students with an academic grounding in the traditional core legal subjects, whilst also focusing on the practical application of core legal principles in the work environment. The study of legal practice and procedure is undertaken specifically with the role, duties and responsibilities of the Legal Executive in mind.
This course comprises elements of academic, vocational and skills training for those who wish to pursue a career as a Legal Executive.
A Certificate in Professional Legal Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of the first year. A Diploma in Professional Legal Studies is awarded upon successful completion of the second year in this programme.
Diploma graduates will be eligible for enrolment as Associate Members of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives. All those enrolled on this course are eligible to become Student Members of the Institute.
Stage I – Certificate in Professional Legal Studies
Stage One of the Professional Legal Studies programme is the beginning of your academic career as a Legal Executive. This will be the first step on the road to you attaining a BA in Professional Legal Studies should you so wish, a programme which is currently in the process of validation.
Students who wish to complete Stage One in an academic year will attend two evenings per week, with three and a half hours tuition from 6.00pm to 9.30pm each evening, or students can choose to undertake the course by completing one subject per week over two years. The course will commence in January 2011. The first week of term will also cover induction and meeting the lecturing and support team.
All six modules have specially devised manuals, which will lay out the syllabus for each module, past papers and set out the course material in easy to understand form – this then reduces the need for students to take notes during the formal lectures.
The six core subjects in stage one are:
- Introduction to the legal System
- Law of Torts
- Contract Law
- Civil Litigation, Procedure and Case Management
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Law: Practice and Procedure
The course can be undertaken in formal lectures or by distance learning and the fees for stage one will be €2,050 plus a €150 IILEX registration fee.
Timetable summary – delivered two evenings per week, over 24 weeks which will incorporate a mandatory induction on the first evening, beginning January 2011 and finishing on May 2011.
Stage II – Diploma in Professional Legal Studies
Stage Two of the Professional Legal Studies course has been designed with input from past graduates, members of our legal academic team, from employers in legal practice and from our co-awarding body, The Irish Institute of Legal Executives. This year will be the first year to roll out the new syllabus in Stage Two of the programme which is more comprehensive than before. We have revised and updated all of the course materials to reflect recent case law and the syllabus re-vamp.
On successful completion of Stage Two, students will be awarded with a Diploma in Professional Legal Studies by IILEX and Griffith College and are eligible to become Associate Members of the professional body. Graduates may then enter either the second year of the LLB law degree in Cork or Dublin or in the final year of the BA in Legal Studies degree in Griffith College Dublin. Further details on progression routes will be provided by your IILEX Course Director and the IILEX Support Team during the term.
Stage Two will run similarly to Stage One in 2011
The four core subjects in stage two are:
- Constitutional law & Judicial Review
- Company Law
- Land Law
Students will also be asked to choose two elective subjects, two of the five electives will be provided based on demand. The choices are as follows:
- Family Law
- The Law of Trusts
- Succession Law
- European Union Law
- Employment Law
The course can be undertaken in formal lectures or by distance learning and the fees for stage two will be €1,900 plus a €140 IILEX registration fee.
Timetable summary – delivered over 25 weeks which incorporates a mandatory induction, beginning in January 2011 and finishing in May 2011.
Legal Executives are professional people who are members of The Irish Institute of Legal Executives. They assist in the operation of general and specialist legal matters with Solicitors, Barristers, in the Courts of Ireland, and within other areas of commercial and legal practice. Legal Executives perform their duties according to the highest standards of integrity and conduct, as required by the legal profession, the Code of Rules of the Institute, and the law of the Republic of Ireland.
The Irish Institute of Legal Executives was formed in 1987, incorporated in 1992 and consists of Legal Executives. The aim of the Institute is to provide a system of training and examination and to obtain a recognised professional qualification for those engaged in legal work. The Institute’s members are employed in private practice, the legal department of banks, public or local authorities or in industry and commerce.
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Admission is at the discretion of the Irish Institute of Legal Executives and Griffith College.
Lectures are exam focused and incorporate past question and sample answer sessions. Classwork and homework is set and corrected weekly.
Students are entitled to use the extensive facilities available on campus including our law library (with complementary access to Lexis Nexis, Westlaw.ie & Westlaw UK), reading and study rooms, gymnasium, canteen and free parking facilities.
All course material, lecture notes, are available to our students on moodle also available on moodle is the Homework Resource pack for each subject Subject discussion board with your class, plus regional students discussion boards.
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