Diploma in Legal Studies



Next course commencing: 23 September 2019

Duration: 10 weeks, evenings from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €895 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

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“The course is very well designed for people with an interest in legal studies, but no previous experience in the area.”

Sabrina Keohane

  • Know your rights and use the law as a sword and a shield.

    • What can I do about neighbours trespassing, blocking my light, or making too much noise?
    • What’s my comeback against a dodgy-builder, sneaky bank charges, or the travel agent who sold me a holiday from hell?
    • My wife thought nothing of a fall she had in a shop, but her ankle never healed right and now it’s a year later. Can we do anything?
    • Can’t I repost any gossip I like online about a foreign celebrity?
    • How do I go about copyrighting/patenting my work?

    Litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and compliance will all be covered, as will access to legal advice and aid and how to consult legal resources.

    The rich stories behind the headlines and the gossip.

    • What’s going on with the Quinn case and just what is “contempt of court”?
    • Why don’t convicts receive “tougher” sentences and why doesn’t “life” mean life?
    • What does all that legal Latin actually mean?
    • When the news says an accused cannot be named “for legal reasons”, what are those legal reasons?
    • Is an oral contract legally binding?
    • What’s going on behind closed doors in the family courts?

    Students will never again be stuck for a story at a dinner party.

    The law is both fascinating and useful. After this course you will have a firm grasp of its anecdotes, its uses, and how to learn more about it.

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

    Ellen O'Callaghan

    Ellen is Barrister and Law Lecturer in City Colleges. She is a graduate of Dublin City College University where she attained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Economics, Politics and Law. Ellen went on to study at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns where she qualified as a Barrister in 2013. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2013 and has been practising as a junior counsel predominantly in the area of civil law with focus on employment, family, environmental, judicial review and personal injuries litigation. 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.


  • Outline


    Week 1: Introduction to the Irish Legal System

    • Where do laws come from?
    • How does the court structure work?
    • What is a tribunal and how are they different from a Court?
    • What is the difference between a Solicitor and a Barrister?
    • How long do I have to take my case and what are my remedies?
    • How can I enforce a judgment?

    Week 2: Employment law

    • Who is an employee?
    • What is the difference between unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal?
    • Discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace – what redress is available?
    • What are zero hour contracts?
    • Where and how can I make an employment law complaint?

    Week 3: Criminal law

    • How do the criminal courts work?
    • What are the rules of evidence?
    • What is hearsay evidence?
    • What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?
    • How does criminal legal aid work?
    • What is bail?
    • What is the Special Criminal Court?

    Week 4: Family Law

    • What is the difference between Judicial Separation and Divorce?
    • What are Cohabitants and what are their rights?
    • What rights do unmarried fathers have?
    • How is the voice of the child heard in family law proceedings?
    • What is the in-camera rule and why do we have it?

    Week 5: Consumer Protection and Contract law

    • What are consumer’s rights?
    • Who can complain to if there has been a breach of consumer rights?
    • What is an unfair or misleading commercial practice?
    • How is a contract formed?
    • What are the essential elements of a contract?
    • Who cannot make a contract?
    • What happens if a contract is breached?

    Week 6: Driving Offences

    • What is a fixed-term penalty notice?
    • What is the effect of a conviction for a drink driving offence?
    • What is the difference between careless driving and dangerous driving?
    • How does random breath testing work?
    • What are the penalties for a driving offence and how long do penalty points last?

    Week 7: Tort Law

    • Negligence, Nuisance, Trespass
    • What is the duty of care and what is a statutory duty of care?
    • Causation and remoteness
    • Manufacturers’ and Producers’ liability for defective products
    • Personal injury actions

    Week 8: Business Law

    • What are the main types of business organisations?
    • What are the different types of companies?
    • What changes did the Companies Act 2014 make?
    • What is limited liability and what is the corporate veil?
    • What is the difference between receivership, examinership and liquidation?
    • Intellectual Property Rights in Ireland

    Week 9: Media Law

    • Free media expression, the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights
    • Media Plurality
    • Censorship and Public Morality
    • Media and Privacy
    • Defamation

    Week 10: Constitutional Law & Miscarriage of Justice Cases in Ireland

    • What are constitutional rights and how do they work?
    • What happens if my constitutional rights are breached?
    • What are socio-economic rights?
    • Has there been miscarriage of justice cases in Ireland?

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

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