FE1 Courses – The Law Society of Ireland’s Entrance Exam (FE1)

City Colleges’ FE1 Courses

City Colleges’ FE1 course is delivered by a team of Ireland’s most inspiring law lecturers.  No other FE1 lecturing team boasts more Law Society of Ireland 1st placed prizewinners. Our lecturers include Philip Burke (founder of the professional law schools at Griffith College and Independent Colleges, lecturer of a remarkable 5 Law Society of Ireland Equity & Trusts first place prizewinners, and who has managed the success of 25 more), Mark Cockerill (Law Society of Ireland first placed prizewinner in Company Law, and lecturer of 3 first place prizewinners), Ciarán Lawlor, and Patricia Cronin (lecturer of 3 Property Law first placed prizewinners).





What we offer FE1 students

  • The most experienced and effective FE1 Team at delivering exam success

  • Exclusive up to date City Colleges FE1 manuals

  • Past examination papers, examiners’ reports and sample answers

  • Free repeats in the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful

  • Weekly homework correction and individual attention

  • Direct lecturer contact and tutorials

  • Live / Streamed / Recorded classes.  Watch anytime, anywhere. 

FE1 Course Commencement

Enrolling Now for the Autumn 2018 FE1 Examinations Course

The course is delivered from our premises on South Great George’s Street,
Dublin 2, and is also streamed live, as well as recorded and made available for later review.
Lectures will commence from Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Our Award Winning FE1 Lecturing Team

M CurranMark Curran BL
Equity & Trusts

Mark is a practising barrister and an experienced legal educator. He graduated from University College Dublin with a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Law and subsequently completed an LLM at the University of Cambridge specialising in commercial litigation and insolvency law. Mark completed the Barrister-At-Law Degree at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and was called to the Irish Bar in 2012. His practice focuses on civil law with an emphasis on contract and commercial litigation, debt-recovery/insolvency and personal injuries. He is also an accredited mediator and an arbitrator for the GAA Disputes Resolution Authority. Mark is a member of the New York State Bar having completed the New York State Bar Exam in 2014. He received a Bar of Ireland Scholarship in the summer of 2016 to take up a position as a visiting Attorney with the Wisconsin Innocence Project which seeks to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions. Mark has been a law tutor at University College Dublin since 2015 and has tutored tort and contract law privately for FE-1 candidates as well as lecturing in criminal and constitutional law for City Colleges.



Philip Burke, LL.B, BL
Equity & Trusts

Philip is a graduate of the University of London and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He was called to the Bar in 1998 and established Griffith College’s Professional Law School in the same year. He was Head of the Professional Law School at Griffith College for nine years, and Joint Head of its Undergraduate Law School. He was also a member of its board of directors. Philip founded Independent Colleges in 2007, and served as its Chief Operating Officer and Joint Head of Law.  He is Chief Executive of the City Colleges Group (incorporating Ashfield College, City Colleges and the College of Progressive Education). He has also co-written a text on Irish Tort Law for Thomson Roundhall, and is the co-founder of Clarus Press Limited, a legal publishing house.

Property law

Helen is a graduate of both University College Dublin and the Honorable Society of the Kings Inns. Having completed the Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, she was called to the Bar in 2014. She practises predominantly in the area of succession law and property law. Helen also lectures succession law as part of the City Colleges Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (QLTT) programme.

Ciarán Lawlor BCL, LLM, BL

Ciarán Lawlor is a practicing Barrister and an experienced legal educator. Ciarán graduated from University College Dublin with an Honours Degree in Law, and proceeded to study at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns . He completed his studies at the King’s Inns and was called to the Irish Bar in 2005. He subsequently completed an LLM in European Law also at UCD, graduating with distinction. Prior to commencing practice at the Irish Bar, Ciarán interned with leading Irish law firm A&L Goodbody, and with Amnesty International (Ireland), and was an IRCHSS funded project assistant on the EU Law PhD project at UCD. His practice focuses on civil law, with an emphasis on contract and commercial litigation, debt-collection, defamation, personal-injuries, and tort la generally. Ciarán has a broad experience of teaching law. He has been a Senior Tutor in UCD, and has lectured in tort law on the Graduate Diploma in Arbitration in UCD. [/tab]

  • John O’Keeffe BA (NUI) Dipl. Legal Studies, Grad. Dip Law, LL.B., MA (Laws) PG Dip Crim. (Cantab.) M.St. (Crim.)(Cantab.) DGS (ad eundem Cantab.) (Dubl.)
    Criminal Law

    John O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology & Criminal Law, and Broadcaster.

    John is Director, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law where he teaches on both the FE1 Examinations and the Entrance Examination for the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He is formerly Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College Dublin where he was Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology.
    John is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Met. University and the University of Cambridge, John is a life member of Homerton College, Cambridge. He is also an Associate Member of Exeter College, Oxford and has been awarded a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin.
    John was recently appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Centre in Crime, Justice & Policing at the University of Birmingham. John has taught on the Forensic Doctoral programme(s) in the School of Psychology in Birmingham and is currently engaged in various research projects in the Centre, one of which is looking at political prosecutions. John has also holds Honorary Visiting Fellowships in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is currently Press Secretary of the Garda Representative Association as well as Associate Editor of the Garda Review. He is also a Director of the charity, AdVIC (Advocates for the Victims of Homicide).

    Aoife Sheehan LL.B (Dub), LL.M (LSE), BL 
    Company Law

    Aoife is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, having obtained her LL.B from the Law School in 2011. She subsequently pursued an LL.M (International Business Law) at the London School of Economics, graduating with distinction, before enrolling at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns to complete the Barrister-At-Law degree.
    Aoife was called to the Bar and is a practicing barrister. As well as lecturing in Company Law at City Colleges, she is also a tutor of undergraduate modules at Trinity College Dublin.

    Alison Fynes LLB (TCD), LLM (Cantab); Construction Law and Contract Administration (P.Grad.Dip) (TCD)
    Contract Law

    Alison graduated with a first class honours LLB from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. She received an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship to complete her LLM in the University of Cambridge in 2013. She graduated from Cambridge with a first class honours and received the Clifford Chance CJ Hamson Prize for Comparative Law and a Leonard Colling Scholarship from Sidney Sussex College for her academic achievements. She completed the Barrister-at-Law degree in the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns and was awarded the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns James Murnaghan Memorial Prize. She graduated with a distinction from Trinity College Dublin’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Contract Administration in 2015. She is a practicing barrister, and lectures in Contract Law for City Colleges.


    Amy Deane LLB (TCD), MSc (LSE), BL
    Contract Law

    Amy holds a degree in Law from Trinity College Dublin and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Amy attended the Honorable Society of Kings Inns and was called to the Bar of Ireland. Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Amy worked as Judicial Assistant to a Judge of the High Court of Ireland for a number of years. Amy is a law tutor in Trinity College Dublin where she has tutored in Criminal Law and the Law of Equity and Trusts, as well as co-ordinating a programme in mooting. Amy also previously tutored in Constitutional Law in Dublin City University. Amy is a practicing barrister and lectures on the Contract Law course for City Colleges.

    Amy Deane

    Simon Donagh, BLC (Phil), BL
    Constitutional Law

    Simon Donagh is a graduate of University College Dublin and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.  Having completed the Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns, he was called to the Bar in 2012. His practice at the Bar focuses on Criminal law, Employment law, Judicial review, as well as Human Rights and Constitutional litigation. Simon is an experienced educator having taught in the UCD School of Law since 2013.

    Ellen O’Callaghan BA (DCU), Dipl. Legal Studies (Honorable Society of King’s Inns), BL
    EU Law

    Ellen O’Callaghan is a barrister and experienced law lecturer. She is a graduate of Dublin City University from where she attained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Economics, Politics and Law. She went on to study at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and was subsequently called to the Bar of Ireland. She practises as a junior counsel predominantly in the area of civil law with a focus on employment law, family law, environmental litigation, judicial review and personal injuries. In 2015, Ellen worked in conjunction with the University of Maribor on a project funded by the EU Commission in relation to the compilation of National Reports prepared by Member States of the EU in relation to the law of evidence and civil procedure across the EU. She lectures in European Union law for City Colleges.


    brendan3Brendan Foley, BA, BL
    EU Law

    Brendan graduated with a degree in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He was called to the Irish Bar in 2005, and has been in practice at the Bar and lecturing on professional courses since 2006. He was awarded the Antonia O’Callaghan prize for Constitutional Law in 2004. Brendan has lectured in Constitutional law, Equity & Trusts, Company law and European law for FE1 candidates since 2008. He has also lectured on the King’s Inns Entrance Examination course in Constitutional law since 2008.

    Admissions and Programme CoordinatorSarah has a Bachelor of Arts from University College Cork with one year spent abroad on Erasmus. She also has a Diploma in Event Management. Sarah has worked in the area of Training Coordination and Events for over 3 years. She has been working as Admissions and Programme Coordinator in City Colleges since 2015

    FE1 Course Details

    Enrolling now for the Autumn 2018 examinations course.

    Dublin 2 & online live course timetable:

    Equity & Trusts – 6 to 8 pm with Mark Curran and Philip Burke
    Property law – 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Helen O’Sullivan

    Criminal law – 6 to 8 pm with John O’Keeffe
    Company law – 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Aoife Sheehan

    Torts – 6 to 8 pm with Ciarán Lawlor
    Contract law- 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Alison Fynes

    EU law- 6 to 8 pm with Ellen O’Callaghan and Brendan Foley
    Constitutional law- 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Simon Donagh

    Download the full timetable here

     Lectures are also recorded and available online

    Course Fees: €325 per subject or €2,100 for eight subjects

    Course Fees: €325 per subject or €2,100 for eight subjects

    “My experience with City Colleges was overwhelmingly positive. The lecturers all excel at imparting knowledge in a presentable way and the materials are clear but also concise. Feedback is constructive and delivered as soon as possible. I would have no problem recommending City Colleges; they took some of the pressure off when the exams came around.”
    Kevin Flood

    “I registered for the 8 subjects and sat the FE1 exams in two sittings. I passed 5 out of 5 in October, and have now passed the other three exams. I would like to thank you and City Colleges sincerely, as I found the lectures, notes and lecturers to be amazing. The books and guidance given certainly got me through everything. Thank you so much.”
    Joanne Howell

    “I want to thank you and all the other lecturers for all their help throughout the last year. I got my final two results for the FE1s yesterday and I can finally say that I am finished the dreaded 8 FE1s. I hope the Law Society isn’t as hard! I would definitely not have passed without doing the City Colleges course. Without a doubt, I had the best set of Lecturers that I have ever had.  I cannot highly recommend city colleges and I would have no hesitation in recommending the course to anyone who intends on doing a prep course. Again thank you to yourself and all the other lecturers.”
    Alan Raftery

    “Brillant lecturers with thorough exam material and exam notes. Would highly recommend and consider one of the best colleges in Ireland to undertake a preparatory course in for the FE1s.”
    Rose Keating

    “Fair play to Patricia, her predictions for the Property exam came through. She is an excellent lecturer, very enjoyable to listen to. She made the subject easy to learn.”
    Eibhlin NiDhochartaigh

    “I have now passed all 8 of my FE1s. I am so grateful to all of you at City Colleges for your help through this period – I will be recommending your course to anyone I know who is due to sit these exams.”
    Caoimhe Hanley

    “I just wanted to thank you and the entire staff at City Colleges. There is no denying the quality and dedication of each of the lecturers. I will definitely be recommending your course to others.”
    Kate Liddy-Cormican

    “Just a quick thank you to all at City Colleges. I passed the last remaining FE-1 exams at the March sitting. Success this time round was due in no small part to Brendan, Ciarán and all the staff at City Colleges. I will recommend the preparation course to those who wish to undertake the exams in future.”
    Lorraine Hearne

    “I wanted to say thanks to Philip Burke for the work put into the FE-1 prep courses both as the Equity lecturer and the head of the school. It really was a University standard of teaching and course preparation and I absolutely feel it was value for money. I’m delighted to say I’ve passed my first 4 comfortably, which despite the work I put in and the level of support from City Colleges was not something I was expecting because I lacked any previous legal study or experience.”
    David Murphy

    “Brendan Foley genuinely cares for each and every student.  He is very approachable, even if it’s just to see if I am on the right track.  He is always positive, always giving good feedback.”
    David Dolan

    “I really enjoyed this course, and Philip has the ability to make the content more accessible and digestible!”
    Sarah Plunkett

    “I would like to say that I was at the first lecture for Equity on Tuesday and finally feel as if I am capable of sitting and passing these exams. Even after two hours, I knew my money was well spent!”
    Rachel Carroll

    “Brendan Foley knows the material very well, and breaks things down so that the topics are easier to approach and study.”
    Brian Allen

    “Mark is very thorough, explains very well, enthusiastic and deeply knowledgeable about Company law, excellent communications, passionate and motivating.”
    Ruth McGrath

    “Ciaran is a brilliant lecturer, his enthusiasm for the subject makes Tort memorable. He is generous with his time outside the timetable giving students the opportunity to approach him with a difficult topic in order to get a better grip on it. Lastly, his homework corrections offer a useful feedback and encouragement! I would recommend him to everyone sitting Tort.”
    Alexandra Stokes

    “Without City Colleges and your fantastic teaching staff I would not have made it through my FE1s; especially taking them all at once.”
    Patrick Noctor

    “Lectures are approachable and easy to contact. They correct work and you receive feedback promptly”
    Danieka McNamara

    “I just want to say thank you for all the help and advice in the lead up to the exams.  Subject matter aside, out of all the years I’ve spent as a student in direct and indirect education, undergrad/post-grad etc, I have never encountered two lecturers who made themselves as available for help, advice and assistance with course material and exam preparation as both of you did. It was greatly appreciated and in the context of other FE-1 preparation colleges, far superior to anything else I have encountered.”
    Chris Cremin 

    “Good course! I wouldn’t have gotten through the exams without it.”
    Joanne Simpson

    “I never had a more approachable and knowledgeable lecturer. I hated Equity & Trusts until June this year.”
    Pavel Abramov

    “I would not hesitate to recommend City Colleges for FE-1 preparation.  I had attended another course and was really struggling with my final FE1 subject, Equity.  Taking Philip Burke’s Equity class changed all that – he was clear and concise and his approach to the course suddenly made it click for me.  Needless to say after one term with Philip I passed the exam.  The homework correction service and personal attention made all the difference.  If you want to pass the exams first time out go to City College.”
    Ciara Cloake

    “I am learning more in this lecture than I would if I studied on my own. The step by step approach in addition to every example is clear to the point which has stimulated my increased interest in the course.”
    Ekaette Olusoji

    “Brendan is very approachable, he really knows the material. Makes it easy to understand and is a likeable person so therefore makes you want to learn.”
    Carrie McMeel

    “Having completed my FE1s with City Colleges, I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone considering the preparatory course. A genuine desire to help students pass their exams was combined with an in-depth knowledge of their subjects and a willingness to go the extra mile for each student.”
    Carina Davidson

    “Brendan Foley is great when it comes to possibly the most boring subject on the planet, yet I can still listen to him – EU Law. I know some of my fellow students who physically attend class also feel the same way. He also is very accessible and helpful, via phone/email. On my first day back after a significant stint away from FE1s he made everything seem possible.”
    Emma Kelly 

    “It was my pleasure and privilege to have studied Equity under Philip Burke. His clear, concise lecture manner, excellent notes and affability contributed enormously to my pass mark in the FE1 subject. He was always completely approachable, generous with his time and inexhaustibly good humoured, all of which assisted enormously with getting through the exam. I would recommend anyone who is serious about passing the Equity FE1 first time round to enrol with Philip. ”
    Angel Strickland Fahy

    “I attended Brendan Foley’s lectures in Constitutional law and found him to be one of the best lecturers I’ve ever come across. His lectures are engaging, interactive, extremely well informed and enjoyable. He demystified what is one of the most difficult subjects into one of the most enjoyable and accessible,, and his understanding of the subject and the exams means any questions are answered clearly and simply – dispensing with the usual ‘unnecessarily academic’ answers in favour of simple, correct, exam focused, practical solutions.”
    Bryan Murtagh

    “Mark Cockerill was my FE1 Company law teacher, and I found him to be an excellent, humorous and approachable teacher. His enthusiasm for the subject is infectious, even at 9am on a Saturday morning, so it came as no surprise to me to learn that he had won first place in the Company law exam in the FE1s.”
    Catherine Moran

    “Trish lectured me in Property law. She transformed what is one of the least popular subjects into an enjoyable, exam-focused course which was understandable and informed. By minimising time spent on less-examinable topics, the course was covered in a relaxed manner which focused on those topics that consistently arise.”
    A Kelly

    “I have dealt with Pamela and Philip in another institution where I found their undeniably student-focused approach both genuine and supportive. In approaching a course and examinations as demanding as the FE1’s, it is very reassuring to know that your success is as important to them, and the lecturers whom they retain, as it is to you.”
    L Dempsey

    Why City Colleges?

    Ireland’s most experienced and inspiring FE1 law lecturers, including Brendan Foley, Philip Burke, Mark Cockerill, Patricia Cronin, Ciarán Lawlor

    The most up-to-date and comprehensive FE1 manuals in Ireland

    Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review

    Exam question and solution bank

    Dedicated exam review and preview classes

    End of course tutorials, as well as memory and study technique classes

    City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART

    Southside Dublin location in Dundrum, Dublin 16

    Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations

    Limited class size



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    Further Information

    Please call the College on 1850 25 27 40, or email info@citycolleges.ie.
    You may also contact Philip Burke, the Head of Professional Law on (087) 767 9576 or philip.burke@citycolleges.ie, or Pamela Morton, the Professional Course Director on (086) 029 0412, or by email at pamela.morton@citycolleges.ie