The Honorable Society of King’s Inns entrance examinations

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 on June 5th 2018.

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About The Courses

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.

     

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

    Alison graduated with a first class honours LLB from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. She received AFynes
    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

     

    Amy DeaneAmy 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.


    Mark Curran BL
    Criminal Law

    M CurranMark 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.

     

    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 on June 5th 2018  

    Monday
    Law of Evidence – 6 to 8 pm
    Constitutional law 8.15 to 10.15 pm

    Tuesday
    Criminal law – 6 to 8 pm
    * Extra classes – 8.15 to 10.15 pm

    Wednesday
    Contract law – 6 to 8 pm
    Tort – 8.15 to 10.15 pm

    * Extra classes will take place in this slot and on Thursdays to cover the full 12 classes in 10 weeks.

    Download the full timetable here

  • “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

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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 on (087) 767 9576 or philip.burke@citycolleges.ie, or Pamela Morton, on (086) 029 0412, or by email at pamela.morton@citycolleges.ie