FE-1 Exam March/April 2021

The Final Examination - First Part (FE-1) is the entrance examination to the Law Society of Ireland.

As you will be aware, the public health environment has deteriorated significantly and unexpectedly over the past weeks. The Society realises that many candidates are experiencing difficulties preparing for the next sitting of the FE-1 while adapting to these very challenging circumstances.

The majority of candidates who have contacted the Society have indicated that a longer period of preparation before the next FE-1 sitting would be of benefit.

Having taken the concerns expressed by candidates into consideration, the next sitting of the FE-1 will now be held online between 23 March and 1 April 2021.

Online applications

The online applications for this sitting will be available on the website shortly, and the closing date for receipt of applications is 22 February 2021.

March/April 2021 timetable

The timetable for the Spring 2021 FE-1 sitting is now available:

Criminal Law Tuesday 23 March 2021
Constitutional Law Wednesday 24 March 2021
Equity Thursday 25 March 2021
Company Law Friday 26 March 2021
Contract  Monday 29 March 2021
Property  Tuesday 30 March 2021
EU Wednesday 31 March 2021
Tort  Thursday 1 April 2021

Recheck application

If you want to have any of your November 2020 FE-1 exams rechecked, you must apply to the Society by 5pm on 29 January 2021.

The fee for a re-check is €115 per subject, which can be paid by EFT. On receipt of your application, the Society will provide you with the necessary bank account details.

Email your completed form to fe1recheck@lawsociety.ie.

About the FE-1 Exam

The FE-1 exam is normally held twice a year in Spring and Autumn. You can only sit the exam if you have passed or are exempt from the Preliminary Examination.  

It consists of the following eight papers:

  1. Company Law
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Law of Contract
  4. Criminal Law
  5. European Union Law 
  6. Equity
  7. Real Property
  8. Law of Tort

Order Past Papers

You can order and pay for Past Examination Papers & Examiners' Reports online:

Alternatively, you can order by post and pay by cheque:

Other FE-1 exam information

For the latest syllabus, resources and other relevant information to the FE-1 exams, see below:

Preliminary Exam - non-graduates

For more information on the exam non-graduates need to take before the FE-1, see  Preliminary Examination.


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Disability Policy

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities:

Prizes for FE-1

The candidate who achieves the highest marks in the FE-1 on an annual basis is awarded the Overend Scholarship, established by William Overend, former President of the Law Society. Prizes are also awarded to the best performers in each of the eight FE-1 subjects.

Contact us

Email: fe1section@lawsociety.ie