PPC Trainees and the Diploma Centre

The Diploma Centre provides continuing professional legal education through a diverse range of postgraduate diploma and certificate courses. We welcome trainees on all our courses with a 10% loyalty discount available on diploma and certificate fees.

Our course content is created and delivered by leading experts and experienced practitioners, combining academic theory and practical application. We offer flexible online learning options with lectures available live or on playback through webcasting delivered for desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone. The autumn 2017 programme has something for everyone with a wide variety of courses to choose from including our Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance, Diploma in Sports Law and Certificate in Data Protection Practice. Visit here for a  current list of courses on offer.  

Credit for PPC II Electives

As an added value for trainees all our diploma courses will give participants credit for one PPC II elective. The course of academic study must take place during the training period, which means after your indenture date and before your PPC II.  Applications for such credit must be made with a certified copy of proof of successful completion of the relevant examination/assessment.  (Examination results may take 12 weeks to issue after an examination has taken place but we try to expedite corrections for PPC II trainees).  Trainees will note that although the pitch of diploma courses is at a more advanced level than PPC II courses, there may be an unavoidable overlap in some course content and this may limit your choice of elective subjects on the PPC II course.

Street Law Programme

Now in its fifth year, the Street Law Programme is run in collaboration with Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC and the Trinity College Access Programme (TAP). Street law aims to bring the law to life in the classroom by teaching pupils about how the law applies to them through interactive learner centred lessons. PPC volunteers take part in an induction weekend at the Law Society, where training is provided in the teaching methodologies which underpin the Street law approach. PPC volunteers are then placed in a number of secondary schools in Dublin where they teach a 6 week Street Law Transition Year Programme. It concludes with schools participating in a ‘Mock Trial’ and these are hosted in the CCJ and in our MOOT Court Room in Blackhall Place. We also facilitate a Prison Law Programme with Wheatfield Prison and Mountjoy Prison.

Volunteer for Street Law 2017

The application process for this year’s Street Law Programme is now open. PPC1 trainees who are interested in participating in Street Law must complete and submit the short online PPC1 Street Law Application by 9:00 pm on Friday 8 September.

This year there is a quick turnaround in selection of volunteers ahead of our Orientation weekend. We have listed the key dates in the selection process below:

  • Friday 8  September: Online application to be submitted by 9:00 pm.
  • Monday 11 September: Confirmation via email of places on the programme.
  • Wednesday 13 September: meeting with selected volunteers regarding school placement and teaching pairs.
  • Friday 15 September -  Sunday 17 September: Orientation weekend with visiting experts from Georgetown University ( USA).

School placements will commence in mid-October.

We hope you enjoy your time at Blackhall and look forward to meeting you.

Dr Freda Grealy, Head of Diploma Centre