The Honorable Society of King’s Inn Preparation Course

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The Honorable Society of King’s Inns entrance examinations consist of five papers: Constitutional law, Law of Contract, Criminal law, Law of Evidence and the Law of Tort. To be eligible to sit these examinations students must have either an approved Law degree or have completed the Honorable Society of King’s Inns Diploma in Legal Studies course. All materials are provided including up-to-date materials and past examination papers. This course is delivered by dedicated lecturers who have many years experience in preparing students to pass these entrance examinations.

Courses are offered throughout June, July and August.  The next course will commence in June 2017.

These courses are delivered from our Dublin City Centre location on South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, and will be streamed live as well recorded and made available for later review.

Participants on this programme will receive:

– Tuition from some of Ireland’s finest law lecturers
– The most up-to-date course manuals
– Access to live lectures, which are also recorded and made available online for review

– Past examination papers and solutions
– Access to City Colleges’ assignment correction facility
– Access to the college’s study and library facilities


byline.alicemaguirespencer“I would wholly recommend the Kings Inns prep course at City Colleges. Each of the members of staff were extremely helpful and supportive. The materials provided were well written and up to date. The course was a definite helping hand in my passing of the exams.”
Alice Maguire-Spencer


  • Ciarán Lawlor BCL, LLM, BL

    Law of Torts

    Ciarán Lawlor Lecturer

    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 law 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.


    Caroline Bergin-Cross, BCL, LLM (Comm), BL
    Contract Law

    Caroline is a Barrister-at-Law and Law Lecturer in City Colleges and the UCD Institute of Banking, and Senior Teaching Assistant in UCD. She lectures Contract Law on the King’s Inns course, and Company Law on the FE1 course. She specialises in commercial and banking law.CBC Caroline graduated from UCD with an Honours Degree in Law and completed an LLM in Commercial Law in UCD where she graduated top of her class. She is currently a PhD candidate in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Caroline has a broad range of teaching experience, and has taught Company, Tort, Legal Studies, Banking, Commercial, Advocacy & Mooting, Equity & Trusts, Contract, Property law, English Property law, Evidence, Jurisprudence and Criminal. She is the author of ‘Electronic Fund Transfers in the Republic of Ireland’, and has published numerous legal articles. She is the Editor of the UCD Law Review.


    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.)JOK
    Criminal Law

    John O’Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Metropolitan University and the University of Cambridge where he is a double criminology graduate and a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin and memberships of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology Law Society, International Association of Forensic Psychology, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. He is Membership Secretary of the Criminology Association of Ireland.
    From 2000-2010 he was Head and Dean of the Law School at Dublin Business School (incorporating Portobello College) where he taught both criminal and civil law. He is currently Head of the Schools of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges and a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law. He is also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin. He was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Sociology, University of Leeds. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is Chief Executive of AdVIC – Advocates for the Victims of Homicide.
    John also works as a broadcaster and journalist (Associate Editor of The Garda Review) regularly appearing on television and radio where he speaks on matters related to criminal law, criminology and forensic psychology.


    Patrick Rooney BA, MA, MSc, BL
    Law of EvidencePatrick Rooney

    Patrick Rooney is a graduate of University College Dublin, the London School of Economics and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. He graduated from UCD with an Honours Degree in Politics and Philosophy in 2004. He then obtained a First Class Honours MA in Philosophy at UCD in 2005 and an MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics in 2007. He completed the King’s Inns Diploma in Legal Studies in 2011 where he won the Timothy Sullivan Prize for the highest grade in Evidence. Representing the King’s Inns in 2010, Patrick and his teammate became the first team from an Irish institution to win the European Universities Debating Championship. Patrick was called to the Irish Bar in 2012 where he currently practises in a wide variety of civil litigation including general Tort, Contract law, and Professional Regulation Proceedings. Patrick is an experienced educator having taught in UCD for a number of years.


    Simon Donagh BLC (Phil), BLSimon Donagh
    Constitutional Law

    Simon is a graduate of University College Dublin and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.  Having completed the Barrister-at-Law degree in 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.

  • The next course will commence in June 2017.  

    Full timetable available here

    Constitutional law – 6 to 8 pm
    Tort 8.15 to 10.15 pm

    Contract law – 6 to 8 pm
    Criminal law – 8.15 to 10.15 pm

    Evidence – 6 to 8 pm

    Thursdays & Saturdays
    Extra lectures

  • “I would wholly recommend the Kings Inns prep course at City Colleges. Each of the members of staff were extremely helpful and supportive. The materials provided were well written and up to date. The course was a definite helping hand in my passing of the exams.”
    Alice Maguire-Spencer

    “I can highly recommend City Colleges for its excellent course for the King’s Inns entrance exams. I was most impressed by the generous offer of all the tutors to review sample exam questions/answers. I got across the line. Keep up the good work!”
    Kieran Fitzpatrick

    “Doing the course for me was the difference of making it through the King’s Inns entrance exams.  The lectures, handouts and support on and off site were second to none. I would highly recommend that this is the first step to the rest of your professional career.”
    Darán Ó Leathlobhair

    “Having passed first time, I am delighted to recommend City Colleges’ King’s Inns entrance exams preparatory programme. All aspects of the course were first class, and the personal attention I received from the lecturers could not, in my opinion, be surpassed. The lecturers are completely fluent with the demands of these exams, and skilfully guided us through the subjects in the most painless way possible.”
    Damian McKeone

    “I constantly found that there is never anything which is too much to ask of Pamela and Philip; if it will be of assistance to you in passing your exams, it will be a priority for them.”
    Bryan Murtagh

    “Excellent classes either in person or online. As a’ first timer’, and a more ‘mature’ student, I couldn’t recommend Philip Burke and all of his team at City Colleges highly enough.”
    Ronan Mackay 2011/2012

    “I just wanted to say thanks to you and all at City Colleges for helping me through the exams. It was a daunting task taking on all eight and the help I received from City Colleges was top class. I found the online lectures very good, the manuals were well laid out and easy to follow and it was also great to have the past papers and examiner’s reports provided. The extra notes the lecturers gave on popular topics and the night before notes were a good help to have towards the end for recapping over the material. I will recommend City Colleges to anyone I know thinking of taking a prep course. Thanks very much for all your help and for answering any questions I had so quickly! ”
    Laura Goonan 2011/2012

  • Successful students of the King’s Inns entrance exam, proceed to the BL Degree programme
  • Course fees: €325 per subject, or €1,500 for five subjects

    King’s Inns Application Form

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Further Information

Please call the College on 1850 25 27 40, or email
You may also contact Philip Burke on (087) 767 9576 or, or Pamela Morton, on (086) 029 0412, or by email at

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