Legal Studies


Legal Studies QQI 5 (Fetac)

Tues 7.30-9.30
20 weeks
Price: €160 x2

This course is for those who wish to obtain a general understanding of legal principles and to enable them to appreciate the role of the law in their personal and vocational lives. It is also intended to prepare learners for employment or further study in related areas.

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • Identify the sources Irish law to include an explanation of the features of each source
  • Assess the role of the Constitution in the Irish legal system
  • Explain the meaning of common general legal terms to include plaintiff, defendant, injunction, in camera and precedent
  • Outline the structure of the Irish judicial system to include the hierarchy, jurisdiction and function of courts within the Irish court system
  • Outline the role and function of personnel within the Irish legal system
  • Explore the impact of European Law on the Irish legal system
  • Define the nature of tort to include the recognition between tort and other civil and criminal wrongs
  • Describe the proceedings in a Court of law
  • Evaluate relevant documents and legislation relevant to a specific vocational area
  • Identify the main categories of remedies available to include compensation, injunction, declaration, specific performance and judicial review
  • Evaluate the impact of European Law on Irish Law
  • Distinguish between civil and criminal, public and private and procedural and substantive law.
Topics Covered

Introduction to the Irish Legal System
A history of the Irish Legal System, the legal profession, the jurisdiction
of the courts, sources of law, the criminal and civil systems and an
overall analysis the court system.

The Criminal Justice System
An analysis of criminal law in Ireland, the classification of crime and the
defences to crime.

The Definition and nature of a tort and an analysis of the main torts in
Ireland as well as the relevant defences.

Family Law in Ireland
The legal consequences of marriage, marital breakdown, judicial
separation and divorce in Ireland.

This class with examine custody issues, children's rights, maintenance and
other financial consequences of martial breakdown.

The Irish Constitution
The Irish Constitution and an examination of particular examples of
constitutional rights such as the right to liberty, life and education.

This class will also examine protections and rights provided by the European