Diploma in European Union Law

Start Date 14 January 2012 at 10:00 am
Exam Date 30 June 2012
Delivery Method Onsite Saturdays 10:00am to 2.30pm & Webcast online
CPD Hours

Satisfies the full CPD Scheme requirements 2012. (provided relevant sessions are attended).

Course Leader Rory O'Boyle, Solicitor
Price €2,150.00

Contact Rory O'Boyle on r.oboyle@lawsociety.ie if you would like further information on the course as a prospective student, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of collaborating with us on this course either by lecturing or tutoring.

Course Outcomes
The overall objective of this course is to assist practitioners to identify, understand and interpret EU law issues arising in the course of their practice, whether in the public or the private sector. EU law is a dynamic, fast evolving and continuously expanding area of law, which impacts on a wide range of different areas of legal practice - areas as diverse as employment law, family law, environment, planning, criminal law, immigration and asylum, competition, consumer protection, intellectual property, social security and taxation. In addition to substantive rules, EU law imposes procedural obligations on national courts, state bodies and administrative authorities to ensure the effective implementation of EU law. It further provides mechanisms by which individuals and entities may seek redress for breaches of EU law. Following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the EU’s Charter of fundamental rights guarantees a wide-ranging set of rights, freedoms and principles and enumerates primary legal norms against which secondary EU legislation and national implementing measures may be interpreted and assessed. This course is offered in collaboration with the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL). Lectures will build an understanding of the functions and decision making process within the EU.

Course Structure
The course runs over seven months and is divided into nine modules:

Module One
Module Two
Module Three
Module Four
Module Five
Module Six
Module Seven
Module Eight
Module Nine
Introduction to EU law
Ligitating EU law before nationals and union courts
Internal market law
Competition law (EU & Irish)
Workers, citizens and access to social security
Consumer law
Employment & equality law
Human Rights law
Environmental law

All lectures will take place in the Education Centre in Blackhall Place. However to facilitate those students unable to attend Dublin on a weekly basis, lectures will also be webcast ‘live’ on our secure internet site. This means that students can decide to attend the onsite lecture or, alternatively, to access the lecture online via the course website. In addition, lectures will be archived within the course website for the duration of the course and can be viewed at a later date on demand by all students.

Workshops are an integral part of the course and aim to be hands on and consolidate what is dealt with in the lectures. This course will be webcast online however onsite attendance for workshops is strongly advised to maximise the learning experience. All students, regardless of their standard method of accessing the course, are strongly recommended to attend onsite for the following workshop sessions: Saturday 18th February 2012, Saturday 21st April 2012 and Saturday 16th June 2012. We also strongly recommend that you attend onsite for the introductory lectures on Saturday, 14th January 2011.

Who Should Attend
This diploma will appeal to solicitors and trainees but may also appeal to suitably qualified non-legal professionals who work in the area. Please note, if you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee or barrister you must apply with a cover letter and curriculum vitae for approval in order to attend the course. A 10% discount applies to applications received from ICEL members. Non-ICEL members attending the course will be provided with membership of ICEL for the duration of the course and can avail of the full range of benefits that apply (see www.icel.ie). 

Lecturers & Tutors
Our courses emphasise a practical ‘know how’ approach to the law. Our lecturers and tutors are drawn from members of the profession with significant practice expertise in this area.

Please Note: If you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee or barrister – you must send a CV & cover letter for approval. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee, which amounts to a supplement of €150 in respect of a diploma application and a supplement of €75 in respect of a certificate application.

For further information on this Diploma, contact the Diploma team on diplomateam@lawsociety.ie  

Diploma Summary
Date: 14.01.2012
Time: 10:00 am
  • Education Centre, Blackhall Place
Price: €2,150.00
Delivery: Onsite Saturdays 10:00am to 2.30pm & Webcast online
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