Studying law in Ireland enables students to take advantage of the country’s highly developed and well-funded law schools, in addition to learning in the environment of a prominent early practitioner of common law.
One third of the world’s population live within a common law jurisdiction, including the UK, India, the US and South Africa, so you would be gaining a qualification relevant in all four corners of the globe.
Irish law schools offer an Introductory Certificate in Legal Studies which provides a foundation for students new to the subject. Any students who wish to expand on this knowledge and pursue a full law qualification may then undertake a full diploma. Many law schools offer a law qualification either individually or within the context of other subjects, such as economics, politics, philosophy, and history.
The majority of these courses take between three and four years to complete. The two types of law qualification available are the BCL and the LLB. A BCL is studied in conjunction with arts and takes three years. The LLB is a single honours law degree and this takes four years.
Students who wish to study law-based qualifications but who are not interested in becoming legal professionals may wish to take up paralegal courses or part-time diplomas in legal studies.
These do not provide the professional qualifications required to become a lawyer or solicitor, but you can use these certificates to gain alternative employment within the legal industry.
Law students whose first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency before being given a non-conditional offer onto an Irish law course.
The best way to prove this is via the IELTS test, however a law course will be unlikely to accept you should your score on the test be lower than 6.5, with some universities requiring a 7.0 score.
Seven Irish institutions offer undergraduate courses in law; Queen’s University Belfast, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, The Honorable Society of the Kings Inns, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, and the University of Limerick.
IEC Abroad has links with many of these universities and can offer tailored advice on how to gain entry to their undergraduate and postgraduate law programs.
If you require more information on how to study law in Ireland, contact IEC Abroad today.