Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies

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Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies 


The Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies is a one-year Diploma programme designed for those wishing to obtain foundation knowledge of the core principles of Irish Law, perhaps with a view to pursuing a career in the legal field. The Diploma is geared towards learners from non-legal backgrounds, together with individuals working in the legal field who have no prior formal legal education. The course will provide an introduction to the core aspects of Irish law and the legal system. It is intended to provide an understanding of Constitutional Law principles, Contract, Tort, Criminal and Company Law issues and the law as it relates to property in Ireland, as well as European Law and Equity. Learners will study the law from a practical perspective and classes will be based on theory combined with problem solving situations and real world examples.

Important update for September 2021

Due to current circumstances related to Covid-19 all classroom-based professional diplomas will be delivered wholly online for diplomas commencing September 2021. Classes will be delivered as Live Online Lectures through Zoom.


Programme Aims and Objectives


The Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies programme aims to provide learners with exposure to the core areas of law in order to work as a legal practitioner, with legal knowledge in a commercial environment, or to undertake further advanced legal studies. Learners will gain knowledge of the scope, content, and operation of the core areas of Irish law and of the legal institutions that enforce it. This programme provides learners with an appropriate base of relevant study in which to analyse legal problems, receive sound knowledge on theoretical legal frameworks and a comprehensive perspective of the legal system. They gain an appreciation of how the different sources of law interrelate and an appreciation of how the European legal system operates.


The programme objectives are to allow learners to:

  • Understand the operation of the legal system and the core concepts and principles that underpin it.

  • Comprehend the role of law and regulation within society.

  • Develop knowledge of the concepts, processes, rules and regulations that govern the core areas of law.

  • Acquire the analytical skills necessary to apply legal rules to factual situations of limited complexity.

  • Develop foundational legal knowledge and comprehension, as well as academic and practical skills to progress further in their studies.



Click here to view provisional timetable.



Each module will be assessed by way of a final written examination only, worth 100% of the overall grade. This examination will assess all of the learning outcomes, questions will comprise a mixture of theory/essay-based questions, as well as problem-based questions, which will assess the learner’s ability to apply relevant legal theory and draw a reasoned conclusion.

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).


Student Testimonial

"I chose the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies as I was brought into the legal dept in my office and I wanted to learn a bit more about subjects.

The lecturers were so approachable, nothing was issue to ask or revise on and always available for feedback. The class environment builds the comradery and I did enjoy that.        

I loved Equity Law with Oliver. He really made it an entertaining class to attend. EU was a very difficult subject but I have to say Donagh really made it a subject we could absorb.

The accomplishment of a daunting task like return to education in your 40s is just something that you cant put into words. Classmates and lecturers on the same level, no question to small or big, this is what school should always be and the confidence you gain from interaction like this is off the charts.         

I would recommend DBS, it's a great environment with lots of support available. DBS helped my career; I got promoted and I now have direct reports."

Jennifer Byrne
Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies




Course Content

Company Law:

This module introduces the learner to the legal framework and the fundamental principles which are relevant to those who seek the benefit of corporate personality for the purposes of their businesses, while also considering sole traders and partnerships as alternative business forms. All the major areas of company law will be covered from company formation, officers, corporate finance, internal management issues, through to winding up and protection orders.

Contract Law:

This module introduces the learner to the fundamental rules and regulations that govern contract law. It focuses on four key areas, the key requirements to create a valid contract, the rules regarding contractual formalities, the vitiating factors that impact the validity of a contract, and the rules regarding contractual discharge and remedies. Furthermore, it introduces learners to the notion of employment contracts, and the key statutory requirements that must be complied within the context of these contracts.

Constitutional Law:

This module introduces the learner to the fundamental principles of constitutional law. In particular, the module with introduce learners to the Irish Constitution, focusing on the roles and functions of various organs of states, with a particular emphasis on the doctrine of separation of powers. The issue of fundamental human rights, both enumerated and un-enumerated will also be explored, as well as the superior courts role in the recognition and vindication of these rights. Learners will also be introduced to the concept of family law within the remit of this module.

Tort Law:

This module introduces the learner to the fundamental principles of the law of tort. It starts by exploring the elements of the tort of negligence, its defences and remedies, and then goes on to explore specific torts such as nuisance and defamation, as well as more commercially based torts, such as product, occupiers and employers liability, amongst others. It also reflects on the statute of limitations and its impact.

Criminal Law:

This module introduces the learner to the fundamental principles of criminal law. It will review the foundational concepts of criminal law, such as the elements of criminal offences, criminal procedure and defences, as well as inchoate offences. Learners will then be exposed to the specific elements of various offences, such as fatal offences and non-fatal offences, sexual offences, and property related offences, and the penalties for the commission of these offences.

Property Law:

This module introduces the learner to the fundamental principles of property law in Ireland, as well as the rights and liabilities arising under it. It will examine the concepts of property law, the development of property law and how property law is structured. The various estates, interests and rights which make up ownership will be considered, as well as the registration of these estates and interests. The module will also review the mechanisms for the transfer and acquisition of these estates and interests, both inter-vivos and upon death, with a particular focus on the law of succession.

European Law:

This module introduces the learner to the history and evolution of the European project from its original incarnation as an economic community (i.e. European Economic Community (E.E.C.)) to the much broader focus of the European Community and European Union. The relationship between national and EU law will be examined along with the significant role of the European Court of Justice in developing the fundamental freedoms (e.g. free movement of goods and workers) and the general principles (e.g. fundamental rights and equality) upon which the legal order of the Union is now based.

Equity Law:

This module introduces the learner to the general principles of equity, the law relating to private and public or charitable trusts and the administration of trusts, focusing on the powers and duties of trustees. It also covers equitable remedies such as injunctions, specific performance, rescission and rectification and examines the principles relating to estoppel.


The Diploma in Legal Studies is held over two evenings per week over one academic year duration. The lecturing team consists of staff that combines both academic qualifications with substantial practical legal experience, and this practical perspective is reflected in the delivery of the modules. A wide range of teaching techniques include lectures and class interaction, and case studies will form an integral part of the programme. Moodle will be used to facilitate student engagement with resources, as well as provide an interactive space for learners.


Click here to view provisional timetable.


Career Opportunities

This programme will be of benefit to individuals seeking to advance their career or begin their legal education. Some graduates of the programme have used it as a starting point to gain further formal legal qualifications. Other graduates have used the qualification to improve their employment opportunities, either for career advancement in a current role or for a career change to a role involving greater legal elements. The core legal skills and understanding gained from the programme will be beneficial to any person seeking further education in this area, whether in a related or unrelated discipline

Student Profile

Learners on the programme are those who want an introduction to law or to formal legal education and come from various different backgrounds. A number of learners are employees of legal firms who want to obtain a legal qualification in order to advance their employment opportunities. Others are employed in the financial services sector or are members of the Gardaí seeking career advancement. Some are employees with legal aid boards or involved in citizens advice organisations, as well as similar charitable organisations and interest groups. Whereas some learners are simply interested in using the programme to add to their CV and show an understanding of the Irish legal system with a qualification to support it. Furthermore, some learners who have a qualification in a non-law related discipline undertake the programme in preparation for commencing the path towards a professional legal career.


The fee for the Advanced Diploma in Legal Studies is €2,590. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership.

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DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

  • Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

  • DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  

  • DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 

  • Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 

  • Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

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Next Intake: Spring 2022
Duration: 1 academic year (part-time)

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