DT547 (f/t) & DT547A (p/t)

Postgraduate Diploma in Law

Course Description

Postgraduate Diploma in Law

A sound understanding of law is critical in a number of areas, including business, finance, human resources, insurance and in public service.  The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is ideal for graduates in any discipline who are considering a career in or involving law. 

This one-year full-time programme (or two year part-time) will be of particular interest to those preparing for the Law Society of Ireland entrance examinations as well as students seeking a career in areas other than law that require a sound understanding of legal principles.

Please note that students enrolled on the part-time course will be required to attend lectures during the day time. 

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma are eligible to apply for the Master of Arts in Law, subject to satisfactory results. Students on the MA in Law receive individual supervision on a sustained research project as they further develop specialised, marketable skills.


Programme Description

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law provides an alternative path into a career in law. It also should interest those considering careers outside law, in which law plays an important part.  This programme aims to provide an integrated education in the practice and theory of law, supported by lectures, course work and research projects.

The academic foundation in law gained by a successful student should be sufficient to permit him or her to proceed onto the further professional training necessary to become a solicitor. A graduate will acquire a critical understanding of and approach to the diversity of legal issues in contemporary Irish society - skills useful to a career in law, and transferable to employment in business and in the public and civil service.

Programme Outline

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is a one-year whole time or two year part-time academic programme.  This programme comprises a compulsory Core Legal Skills module and a choice of core and advanced subjects of law.  In order to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma a student must successfully complete the Core Legal Skills course (2 hours per week in semester 1 only) and successfully complete the required examination and assessments in any five of the following subject choices:

  • Company Law*                                             
  • Constitutional Law* 
  • Contract Law  *   
  • Criminal Law *                              
  • Equity *
  • European Union Law*                                          
  • Property (Land) Law*                                            
  • Torts*


Students are also welcome select from the following evening



  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure and Alternative Dispute Resolution                                       
  • Criminology
  • Employment Law                                          
  • European Human Rights Law
  • Evidence                      
  • Family Law                                    
  • Jurisprudence 
  • Intellectual Property and Media Law  
  • Prison Law
  • Law and Society                 

* = examinable as part of the entrance exams to the Law Society, Blackhall Place

DIT reserves the right not to offer all modules in all years.

All students must complete the Core Legal Skills module even if a student has previously completed a similar course or module.  This module aims to provide students with a sufficient foundation for the subsequent study of substantive legal topics.  In this introductory module, an emphasis is placed on practical skills such as accessing and analysing legal material.

Class Contact

Teaching is provided through a combination of lectures and coursework; students are expected to complement timetabled hours with private study and self-learning. Assessment will consist of a combination of unseen and seen written examination questions, as well as project work in the nature of research problems, coursework and essays.

Classes run from September 2017 until the end of April 2018, with breaks at Christmas and Easter.  Exams are normally held in May.   There are two hours of lectures every week in each individual subject.  While students are welcome to attend all lectures, we ask that students take examinations in Core Legal Skills and any five of the available subjects, giving a total minimum class contact of 12 hours of lectures per week. 

FE-1 (Law Society) Examinations

Some students take the Postgraduate Diploma course in preparation for the Law Society of Ireland (Blackhall Place) FE-1 Entrance exams.  Questions about admission to the Law Society of Ireland should be directed to:

The Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
Phone: (01)-6724802.

The modules offered at DIT are broadly similar in content to the Blackhall Place syllabi.  The syllabi for DIT courses cover most, if not all, topics on the Blackhall Place syllabi. The syllabi for Blackhall Place FE-1 exams and other information on how to become a solicitor is available on the Law Society website noted above.

Students regularly seek advice on these exams.  While some students take half of the FE-1 exams during their studies at DIT (usually in April) we recommend that students complete their studies at DIT before attempting any of the Law Society exams.


Applicants ordinarily must have a minimum of a 2.2 honours Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.  

Candidates who do not possess the minimum entry requirement may be admitted in exceptional circumstances, on the making of a case for exceptional entry.  Candidates seeking to make a case for exceptional entry should include two references with their application, at least one of which should be from an academic who is familiar with their work. Cases for exceptional entry ordinarily will not be entertained unless there is a very strong case for an exception to be made.

Canvassing by or on behalf of students is discouraged.  All applicants are considered purely on merit, by reference to academic results and other information supplied on the application form.

How to apply

Applications should be made on-line [click here].

We are currently accepting applications, but applicants should make their application as soon as possible, as places are likely to be filled. 



As guidance, the fee for 2015-16 was €5,600 for full-time EU students (including Student Service Charge) and €1,935 for part-time students.  These fees are subject to change in 2016-17 and in subsequent years. The fee for non-EU students is considerably higher (please check with the International Students’ Office).  All fees are subject to change in respect of 2016/17 and future years.

Closing Date

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 31st August 2017.

Offers will be made on a rolling basis.



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This highly popular, long established one year postgraduate diploma provides a foundation in Irish law for students interested in pursuing a number of career options. Many graduates go on to further professional training to become a solicitor or a barrister. Graduates also go on to work in a wide number of business environments, the public service and the voluntary sector. The Postgrad Diploma in Law focuses on the theory and practice of law, and the critical skills necessary for such study.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is ideal for graduates in any discipline considering a career in or involving law.  It will be of particular interest to those preparing for the Law Society of Ireland entrance examinations as well as students seeking a career in areas other than law that require a sound understanding of legal principles.

Many graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Law have proceeded to take the entrance examinations for the Law Society of Ireland.  Recent graduates have found employment principally in private law firms throughout Ireland. Some have entered employment in government, and in financial services.


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