Foundations in Law
The Foundations in Law programme run by the Department of Law at DIT aims to help those with non-legal backgrounds to become familiar with legal principles and the operation of the legal process generally. The emphasis is on the practical operation of the law, with focus on legal documents and procedure as well as the basic rules.
The emphasis is on class participation and interactive learning. Classes may comprise of a short lecture followed by a tutorial in which the students learn to apply in practice the principles they have learnt in the lecture.
Brief summary of the syllabus
- Introduction to Law
- Civil Liability (personal injuries actions; suing an individual for damages if you suffer because of their negligence)
- Civil Procedure (this deals with the documents which must be filed and the stages which must be followed in order to bring a personal injuries action)
- Land Law (this deals with the various ownership rights people may have over land)
- Conveyancing (this outlines the procedure which must be followed when buying or selling land)
- EITHER Commercial Law OR Judicial Review
- EITHER Probate Law OR Planning Law
Students will have to meet attendance requirements and undertake course work (e.g. maintain a portfolio) as required by the Department of Legal Studies. Details of course work will be given to students by the lecturers on the course. Students are required to attend at least 80% of classes to meet the attendance requirement.
There are no formal educational requirements specified for students entering the course/s.
On successful completion students receive a Continuing Professional Development Certificate of Dublin Institute of Technology.
Career Opportunities/Future Study
This course should appeal to those in a wide range of employment which require a knowledge of the law. It will be of particular interest to support staff employed in legal offices in either the public or private sector.
Students can avail of the Institute’s library service. To avail of the Institute’s library service students must have paid the full fee and obtained a student card.
Students may also avail of other services within DIT (e.g. counselling, chaplaincy, restaurant, etc) and should check out notice boards for more information or the Institute’s website (www.dit.ie).
The lecturer will recommend text books that student may purchase.
Venue for Lectures
Lectures are likely to be held in Aungier Street.
Duration and Commencement of Lectures
The course requires attendance at lectures one evening a week over one academic year:
Foundations in Law (Civil) Tuesday, 6.00p.m.-9.00p.m.
Lectures will commence in September and extend until May.
In addition to attending lectures, students should allow some time outside of classes to undertake self directed study.
The fee for 2012-13 is €850 tuition. There is also a student service charge of €135 per student.
Students must pay in order to register – registration cannot take place unless payment is made.
Emma Linnane, Administrator, Department of Law
Tel: (01) 4027181
Postal Address DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin 2.