Postgraduate Diploma in Law
Full time - DT547 Part time - DT547A
Emma Linnane (School Administrator)
School of Social Sciences and Law
College of Arts and Tourism
Dept of Law
DIT Aungier Street
T: 01 402 7181
F: 01 402 7184
Full Time - 1 Year
Part Time - 2 Year (new)
1st August 2013 - (Late applications will be accepted if places on the programme remain unfilled).
Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.
This programme 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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Law aims to provide an integrated programme in the practice and theory of law, supported by lectures, coursework 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 a wide variety of contexts including business, the public service and the voluntary sector.
This is a modular programme designed to offer the maximum range of choice to students with an interest in law.
These optional modules can be taken in addition to or in lieu of the core modules. For students with an interest in a specialised area of law (e.g., Immigration, Family) but who do not necessarily wish to pursue the practice of law as a career, they may find they are attending some evening and some daytime classes.
Students may pursue the required modules on a full-time basis over one year, or a part-time basis over two years.
Full time students are anticipated to devote approximately 40 hours per week to class and self study.
Subject to the availability of resources, small-group, problem-solving tutorials may supplement lectures in the 'core' areas of law.
All students attend a one semester-long module entitled ' Core Legal Skills' in order to provide them with sufficient foundation for the study of substantive legal topics. In this foundational module, an emphasis is placed on practical skills such as accessing the law, reading and analysing legal material, conducting research and approaching examinations and other assignments. Students are required to select a further 5 modules in a variety of substantive areas of law; the modules on offer include: Company Law, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Equity,European Union Law, Property Law, and the Law of Torts. Other modules such as Employment Law, European Human Rights Law, Family Law, Media Law, Intellectual Property Law, Evidence, Administrative Law, Refugee Law and Immigration Law are also available as part of our suite of evening modules. Students may attend as many modules as they wish, but are assessed in only six (including Core Legal Skills).
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. There will be at least one annual assignment in each module.
MA in Law - DT567 Full Time, DT567A Part Time
The MA in Law is only available to students who complete the DIT PgDip in Law at the required level (typically, a 2.2 is required in the PgDip).
The MA in Law is deemed a full-time or part-time programme (the choice is up to the student). There is one taught module, in advanced research methods, and the student is expected to devote full-time effort to the completion of a 15,000 - 20,000 word thesis under the supervision of a law lecturer.
Students have found that they can complete the required thesis within the allocated time frame while employed on a full or part- time basis.
There is an upper limit of 20 students on the MA in Law.
The MA in Law usually begins in October, after the Autumn sitting of the FE-1 exams at The Law Society.
Successful students will have a superior piece of written work reflecting a sustained period of legal research to show to prospective employers.
All classes are currently offered at DIT Aungier Street. The address of the Department of Law is: DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 2
Who Should Apply?
The Law Department of the Dublin Institute of Technology offers an intensive 'conversion' programme in law. The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is a one-year full-time (or two-year part-time) conversion programme. Many DIT law graduates have successfully completed the entry exams to the Law School of the Law Society and progressed onto a career as a solicitor. The PGDip in Law is a valuable academic qualification in law in its own right - graduates of the DIT PGDip in Law have been accepted onto LL.M. programmes at prestigious Irish law schools. A successful graduate of the DIT PGDip in Law can also choose to 'top up' their qualification by completing a thesis under the direction of an academic supervisor and obtain an MA in Law from DIT - setting themselves apart in a competitive employment market with an example of a sustained piece of legal research and writing.
This programme should be of particular interest to students hoping to complete the FE-1 Law Society of Ireland entrance exams. Students considering a career in insurance, banking, financial services, social work, human resources, human rights, justice and the civil and public service generally may also find this programme useful. For additional information call Bruce Carolan, Head of Law, at (01) 402-3016, or email: email@example.com
Timetable / Hours
Instruction is provided through a combination of lectures and coursework; students are expected to complement timetabled hours with private study and self learning. There are approximately 16 hours of class contact per week depending on the modules selected by the student. In total, a commitment of approximately 40 hours per week normally is required of students on the course.
PgDip: classes run from 9 am - 6 pm on Monday to Thursday during the day, and evening classes run 6 - 9 pm.
Please note the part time modules will be held in conjunction with the full time modules. Therefore the classes will be based during business hours and not as an evening programme.
Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Law ordinarily requires at least a second class honours primary degree (2.2 grade or higher) or a recognised equivalent of an academic qualification. Candidates with a pass degree who also hold a recognised higher diploma or Masters qualification with a 2.2 honours or higher may also be considered. Candidates who do not meet these criteria may make a case for exceptional entry, subject to the discretion of the Head of School.
Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.
Graduates of the course are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Law of the Dublin Institute of Technology.
Recent graduates have found employment principally in private laws firms throughout Ireland. Some have sought employment in government and in a variety of business contexts. Some students take the Postgraduate Diploma Course in preparation for Law Society of Ireland (Blackhall Place) FE-1Entrance Exams. The programme covers all the subjects which are examinable as part of the FE-1 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, www.lawsociety.ie. The courses 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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what level is this programme offered?
This programme is offered at level 9 on the NQAI National Framework of Qualifications. It attracts 60 ECTS credits.
Where do I find information on becoming a lawyer?
For information on how to become a solicitor check out www.lawsociety.ie For information on how to become a barrister, check out www.kingsinns.ie
Will this programme prepare me for the FE-1 Law Society entrance examinations?
The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies includes tuition in all eight of the law examinations required for entry to the Law Society of Ireland.
Will this programme help me to become a barrister?
Although the tuition offered may be of some assistance to those seeking to become a barrister, at the moment we do not offer full preparatory tuition for the exams required to become a barrister. Completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Law will not act as a substitute for completion of the King`s Inns` Diploma in Legal Studies programme.
How much will the books required for this programme cost ?
Law texts are expensive and students aiming to complete the FE-1 examinations should budget approximately 700 Euro for law texts. The Department of Law holds an annual virtual second hand book sale and also arranges for publishers to come to DIT to sell texts at a discount.
Is there financial assistance for students on this programme ?
Applicants should consider contacting their local authority for advice on financial support for the completion of this programme. Those who have been unemployed or on welfare may also be eligible for the Back to School Grant offered by the Department of Social and Family Affairs.(www.dsfa.ie).Fees paid may be deductible from taxable income at the standard rate (20%) (contact the Revenue Commissioners for further details). Students in particular difficulty may also apply to the college student services for a hardship grant but funds are limited and there is no guarantee of support.
What are the criteria for admitting students?
Admission to this programme is based solely on merit. The Programme Committee will consider first, the academic profile of the student; second, his or her motivation for studying law; third, whether he or she has any prior experience of law. We discourage canvassing by or on behalf of students
When will I found out if my application is successful?
If you already have the final results of your degree at the time of submission of your application, you should hear from us within three weeks of making your application. If your results are pending at the time of application, a conditional offer may be made, but the offer cannot formally be accepted until such time as your final year degree results are submitted to the DIT postgraduate office. We request that applicants who apply with results pending forward their results to us as soon as they become available.
What happens if I apply late?
Late applications will be considered if space remains after all timely applications have been dealt with.
EU Fees for 2012/2013*
*The fees outlined for each course are provisional and are subject to change
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For information on funding please see the following link: Fees and Funding