Diploma in Law

Start Date 06 September 2019 at 9:30 am
Assessment First Semester Examinations: January 2020. Second Semester Examinations: June 2020.
Delivery Method Wednesday evening lectures 6.00pm to 8.30pm, one block weekend each month (Friday and Saturday 9.30am-4.00pm) (All sessions can be attended onsite - Wednesdays and Fridays are also webcast online)
Course Leader Patricia Harvey



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Please note applications have now closed for this course.

Price: €2,200 per year if taken over 2 years; €4,400 if taken over 1 year.

Application information

This postgraduate course is aimed at non-law graduates seeking to further their knowledge of law to enhance their current role or those who wish to progress further with a career in law. Applications will be considered from suitable non-graduates with a significant and demonstrable level of work experience in the area of law.

If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course please contact the course leader Patricia Harvey by email for further information: diplomalaw@lawsociety.ie.


Course overview

An intensive post graduate diploma spread over eight modules; this course is designed for those who require an introduction to the discipline of law in a number of core areas. This course is unique in that it integrates the academic theory with the practice of law. Our module tutors are experienced practitioners and are well placed to provide instruction in the various substantive topics of law with the added benefit of being able to relate to the real life practice of law when required.

Semester 1

Module 1: Constitutional Law
Module 2: Criminal Law
Module 3: Contract Law
Module 4: Tort

Semester 2

Module 5: Company Law
Module 6: EU Law
Module 7: Property Law
Module 8: Equity or Employment Law

Course structure

Our innovative blended learning approach affords ultimate flexibility in terms of accessing our course and this may appeal to those who are working or based outside Dublin whilst undertaking the diploma. Lectures may be attended onsite, ‘live’ online, or played back on demand.
Lectures are held weekly on a Wednesday evening from 6.00 to 8.30pm with a monthly block release weekend on a Friday and Saturday. The Saturday workshop sessions form an integral part of the course design and are intended to consolidate what is learned in lectures. They offer an opportunity to participants to work in smaller groups, facilitated by experienced practitioners working through relevant problem-based case studies. Each module will also comprise a skills session tailored to the particular topic and there will be additional specific workshops on legal writing and examination techniques.


This course is open to non-law graduates from any discipline or suitable non-graduates with a demonstrable level of work experience in the area of law. This course will be of interest to anyone hoping to begin their career in law as well as to anyone who would like to have an improved knowledge of law to enhance or diversify from their existing role.


Patrica Harvey, Solicitor, Course Leader: P.Harvey@LawSociety.ie

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

Shortlisted for Law Course of the Year Award - gradIreland Higher Education Awards 2017


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