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City Colleges’ FE1 programme

City Colleges’ FE1 programme 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 7 Law Society of Ireland Equity & Trusts first place prizewinners, and who has managed the success of 28 more), Mark Cockerill (Law Society of Ireland first placed prizewinner in Company Law, and lecturer of first place prizewinner), Ciarán Lawlor, and Patricia Cronin (lecturer of 3 Property Law first placed prizewinners).

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What we offer FE1 students

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

  • Exclusive up to date City Colleges FE1 manuals

  • Free repeats in the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful

  • Weekly homework correction and individual attention

  • Direct lecturer contact and tutorials

Course Commencement

The next course will commence on Monday, 7 November 2016.

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.


Our FE1 Lecturing Team

 The Number 1 lecturing team for Law Society of Ireland 1st placed prizewinners

  • Philip Burke, LL.B, BL
    Equity & Trust

    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 Edcuation). 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.

  • Patricia Cronin, Solicitor
    Property law

    Patricia qualified as solicitor in 2005, having previously worked as a Legal Executive. During her studies with the Law Society she was awarded the Law Society Business Law Prize in 2003. She specialises in Criminal law and Family law, and lectures the Property law module on the FE1 course. She has taught four Law Society FE1 first placed prizewinners in Property Law. 

  • 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. 

  • Mark Cockerill, LL.B, LL.M
    Company law

    Mark Cockerill is a graduate of Nottingham Trent University and Trinity College Dublin. He is a practicing solicitor who completed the LL.B degree in 2003 and an LL.M in 2004. He is director of legal services at Eir. He completed the FE1 examinations in 2004 and was awarded 1st place overall in Company law. He was also awarded 2nd place in the Law Society of Ireland’s Debating & Negotiation Competition. He has taught a remarkable X Law Society of Ireland First Place prizewinners. Mark lectures in Company law at City Colleges. 

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • Sarah Aughney

    Sarah Jane AughneyAdmissions 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.

Course Details

  • The next course will commence on Monday, 7 November 2016

    Dublin 2 & online live course timetable:

    Tort – 6 to 8 pm with Ciarán Lawlor
    Property law – 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Patricia Cronin

    Criminal law – 6 to 8 pm with John O’Keeffe
    Company law – 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Mark Cockerill

    Equity & Trusts – 6 to 8 pm with Philip Burke
    Contract law- 8.15 to 10.15 pm with Alison Fynes

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

     Lectures are also recorded and available online

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

  • Testimonials

    “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

    “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

    “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 in to 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 likable 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

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


  • 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