Knowledge of the law and legal systems is important for people in many walks of life. Many professionals need to understand what the legal system is, how it works and how it assists people in asserting their rights. Legal studies provides the professional and scholarly skills necessary for a general understanding of the law as well as for law-related careers, public service, or further graduate level study. This two-year programme in Legal Studies will equip students with a broad knowledge of the Irish legal system and of the fundamental legal principles and subjects.
There are two broad themes running through the course: Law and transferable Business Skills. Students will take modules on the core law subjects of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, the Law of Torts, Contract Law, Land Law and Legal Research & Communications. In addition, the programme also provides some non-law subjects that are designed to improve students’ IT, communications and office management skills and these business modules include: Information Technology; Management; Accounting; Marketing and Human Resources Management.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
Graduates of the Higher Certificate programme have many diverse career options available including legal roles such as legal executive, law clerk or legal secretary. There are also a range of diverse careers available in many sectors such as the Gardaí, Defence Forces; government agencies; banking; property management; insurance; taxation; accounting; retail management and many others.