Bachelor of Laws (Hons) LL. B - Part-time

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

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Kings Inns Logo​The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) is recognised by the Honorable Society of King's Inns. Studying law at undergraduate level has an appeal to any student considering a career in the legal profession. A Bachelor of Laws degree provides a firm foundation for students wishing to qualify as a solicitor or barrister. 

The study of law improves and develops the student’s power of reasoning, clarity of thought and the ability to analyse and express complicated ideas. These skills also lend themselves to a wide variety of career options quite apart from private legal practice on completion of the programme.

Aims and Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme are:

• To provide learners with sound educational underpinning which will enable them to acquire a solid grounding in legal principles, the fundamental features of the Irish legal system and general transferable skills

• To equip learners with a fundamental understanding of the core Irish legal subjects to facilitate progression to the professional stage of training in Ireland with the Law Society of Ireland or the King's Inns

• To enable learners to develop a range of transferable skills including the powers of inquiry, critical analysis and logical thinking, initiative, independent learning and commitment to scholarship

• To enable learners to develop a range of graduate skills in preparation for employment in a  wide variety of fields and a fundamental understanding of society and of the role of law within society

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) enables graduates who wish to qualify as solicitors, to sit the Law Society of Ireland FE1 examinations, which are a prerequisite to training as a solicitor. The programme also enables graduates to sit the Honorable Society of King's Inn's entrance examinations the passing of which are a pre requisite for taking the Barrister-at-Law degree.

Course Content

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme has the following content.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Core Modules

Introduction to Legal Research Skills

legal Systems

Criminal Law

Contract Law

Constitutional Law

IT Skills for Business

Learning to Learn

Core Modules

Mooting and Professional Practice

Law of Tort

European Union Law

Law of Real Property

Company Law

Electives - Choose 1

Commercial Law

Project Planning and Control

People in Organisations

Core Modules

Equity and Trusts

Administrative Law

Contemporary Issues in Law

Electives - Choose 3

Law of Evidence

Jurisprudence

Family Law

Employment Law

Taxation Systems

Project Planning Techniques

Human Resource Management

DBS Employability Pillar

In line with the DBS philosophy of ensuring its graduates have a suite of knowledge, skills and competence that make them readily employable, the programme contains an Employability Pillar of modules that complement the programme specific modules. This pillar of modules ensures students are aware of employer expectations on graduating, enhances their communication skills and time management while positioning the student for academic development during the course of their degree studies.

Teaching and Assessment

The law degree programme is taught mainly through lectures, seminars and workshops with students taking responsibility for a significant amount of study outside scheduled class contact hours. In general first year modules are assessed by way of exam worth 60% and continuous assessment worth 40%. Some modules are assessed wholly via continuous assessment. In second year, the exam weighting will increase in several of the modules, but is balanced by the inclusion of continuous assessment in each module. In final year there is a higher emphasis on examination weighting in most modules. A blend of individual and group assessment has been factored into modules throughout the programme with a mix of the types of assessment in the modules.

 

Structure

Students study five substantive law modules in first year in addition to a module focused on the acquisition of legal research skills. There are also two semesterised modules in year 1. First year subjects are compulsory. In second year students study five modules and students can choose their sixth module.
In year three there are three compulsory modules and students can select three other modules from a list of options.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Laws degree provides a firm foundation for students wishing to train as solicitors or barristers. Additionally a law degree is one of the most respected undergraduate qualifications. It opens up a range of career opportunities apart from the practice of the law. Law graduates are employed in a wide variety of areas including commercial industry, social sciences, politics, the media and the public service. A legal education therefore opens more doors than just the practice of law.

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) enables graduates who wish to qualify as solicitors, to sit the Law Society of Ireland entrance examinations. The Bachelor of Laws (Hons) also enables graduates to sit the Honorable Society of King’s Inns entrance examinations the passing of which are a pre requisite for taking the Barrister-at-Law degree.

Fees

The Course Fees for the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) are €5,500 per annum.

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All undergraduate programmes of 2 years or more have been approved for tax relief purposes. Tax relief is granted to Irish resident taxpayers at the standard rate of income tax in respect of tuition fees paid exceeding €2,000 and up to €7,000 for part-time programmes only

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next open event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

Standard Applicants - Evening Law Degrees

Standard Applicants for Bachelor of Laws (Hons)programme must meet the minimum entry requirements of the College. For the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme, the minimum entry requirements are 2 honours in higher level subjects and 4 passes in ordinary level subjects (to include English) in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent.  Please forward the relevant documentation or any other second or third level qualifications (original & official English translation where issued in another language) to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.

Mature Applicants - Evening Law Degrees

If you are over 23 years of age and do not meet minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a mature student. Mature students are assessed on the basis of age, work experience, general education standard, motivation and commitment to the programme for which they are applying. Please forward documentation such as relevant transcripts, a CV and other related documentation to the Admissions Office.  Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s license or passport must also be submitted.

FETAC Applicants

Minimum admission requirements for graduates of FETAC awards (former NCVA Level 2 or 3) are a full FETAC award in a course in a cognate area with a distinction grade in at least three modules. A full FETAC award normally consists of 8 modules. A full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. Further details can be obtained from the Admissions Office.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2016

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
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Award: Honours Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 8
Award Title: 
Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Award Type: Major
Duration: 
3 Years (​3 evenings per week)

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2016. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm