BA in Legal Studies - Full-time

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The BA in Legal Studies is a three year law degree that results in a Level 7 award. This programme is aimed at both domestic and international learners who seek an underpinning in key areas of law, as well as a desire to acquire key legal skills and competencies necessary to support a legal career. This programme is designed in a way to facilitate the learner in acquiring core legal knowledge to the relevant academic depth, while simultaneously enabling then to engage in preliminary critical thinking.
Those who complete their BA degree in Legal Studies may be eligible for transfer to the final year of the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme (Level 8 award).

Aims and Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies programme aims to provide learners with exposure to the core areas of law in order to work as a legal practitioner or with legal knowledge in a commercial environment. 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 international legal system operates. The module content is not only focused on domestic law but also exposes learners to an EU and global perspective reflecting the key issues within that subject area, in addition to the evolving issues likely to impact future legal regulation. Embedded within the programme is a skills pillar built into this programme aimed at developing competencies in learners, to enable them to face the challenges of working in a legal or commercial environment. The skills pillar focuses on empowering learners to develop skills in legal research and practical problem-solving, advocacy and communication, as well as precision, logical thinking, building client relationships and teamwork. The purpose of the skills pillar is to development the necessary soft skills in learners, while concurrently allowing learners to acquire skills that support the academic modules. There is also a strong focus throughout the programme on the enhancement of writing skills.


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.

  • Recognise the factors that influence the evolution of the law from both a domestic and international perspective.

  • Engage in legal research and the analysis of legal sources.

  • Acquire the written and oral skills necessary to apply legal rules to factual situations.

  • Attained a range of transferable and employability skills to assist them in their future employment in a variety of fields.

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

This programme has been designed to facilitate the learner in acquiring core legal knowledge to the relevant academic depth, while simultaneously enabling them to engage in preliminary critical thinking. Assessments in particular will be focused on the development of research capabilities and applying practical creative, problem-solving skills. The capstone module is designed to integrate knowledge from the academic modules and skills modules to ensure that the learner acquires the professional competence necessary to pursue a legal career. While the module requires candidates to apply skills and academic knowledge, the focus is on the development of competencies that learners will need to function effectively in the professional legal or commercial environment. Overall, the programme aims to create in learners a preliminary critical understanding of the core legal subject areas, while also enhancing their research capability and practical written and oral advocacy skills




Course Content

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Core Modules

Irish Legal System

Law of Tort 1

Criminal Law 1

Contract Law 2

Practical Legal Skills

IT Skills for Law

Core Modules

Contract Law 2 and Equity

Law of Tort 2

Criminal Law 2

Constitutional Law

Principles and Practice of Employment Law

Legal Research and Advocacy

Core Modules

European Union Law

Commercial Law

Family Law

Company Law

Law of Real Property

Mooting and Professional Practice 



Assessments are focused on the development of research capabilities and applying practical, creative, and problem solving skills.  Assessment types will include research essays, responding to problem questions, presentations, in class tests and participation in a moot. Many modules will also include traditional style examination as an assessment type. 

Exams also play an important part in the assessment strategy. In addition, because both of the legal professional bodies, the Honorable Society of King’s Inns and the Law Society, require entrants to sit and pass a number of exams before proceeding to professional qualification, exam taking itself is regarded as an important skill to develop over the course of the programme. The programme is designed to build from a smaller number of lower weighted exams in Year 1 to a higher number of more heavily weighted exams in Year 3.

Further Study Options

Those who complete their BA degree in Legal Studies may be eligible for transfer to the final year of the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme (Level 8 award).



In stage 1, learners will be introduced to the Irish legal system and its various structures, doctrines, rules and processes. Knowledge acquired regarding the functioning of the legal system is designed to support learners in their study of the core concepts and principles that underpin the areas of contract, tort and criminal law. Stage 2 is structured to allow learners to build upon their core knowledge acquired in stage 1 in the three key areas of contract, tort and criminal law, and enhance that knowledge by exposing them to more complex concepts and principles within each of these disciplines. In the award stage, learners will be exposed to the more complex legal disciplines, aimed at facilitating preliminary critical views, reflection on self-learning, and an understanding of the role of law within society. The capstone module at this stage is also a skills based module, designed to integrate prior learning and demonstrate attention to detail, research, basis analysis, logical reasoning, persuasiveness, time-management, written and verbal skills.

Transfer Learners

Those who complete their BA degree in Legal Studies may be eligible for transfer to the final year of the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) programme (Level 8 award).

Career Opportunities

Because of the broad spectrum of subjects studied, career opportunities for legal studies graduates are numerous. The wide-ranging nature of knowledge and skills gained by such graduates makes them an attractive proposition for any prospective employer.

Graduates have the opportunity to add value for both employers and themselves on a daily basis. They can test theories, apply concepts and undertake practical project work.

Many will pursue a professional legal qualification either as solicitors (Law Society) or barristers (Kings Inns). The BA in Legal Studies enables students to sit the Law Society’s entrance examinations and students may also apply for entry to the Kings Inns Diploma course.

Others may wish to professionally qualify outside the jurisdiction in England & Wales or indeed the US. Graduates may also pursue Legal Executive qualifications through the Institute of Legal Executives. Students wishing to pursue further qualifications can proceed to postgraduate programmes up to Masters Level or beyond.

Regardless of career choices, students’ legal training is certain to provide prospective employers or institutions of further study with a solid platform from which to recruit.


The fees for Full-time BA in Legal Studies are €5,895 per annum for EU students.

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For a full list of Full-Time Undergraduate fees for 2019/2020 click here You can also contact our admissions team who will also be able to advise on the payment options available to you.

Fees quoted cover the annual cost of tuition, registration and examinations and are EU fees only.Non-EU students please refer to the International section of the website.Please note also that tax relief is available on fees for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €3,000 and up to €7,000.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS ( and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Next Steps

Before making an application please ensure you are aware of all our entry requirements.

School Leaver Applicants

Application for first year full-time programmes in the college is through the CAO System. The CAO system applies only to applications for first year admissions to undergraduate full-time day programmes described in the prospectus, which have a CAO Course code  

Application forms and the CAO Handbook are both supplied by the Central Applications Office (CAO), Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or from your Career Guidance Counsellor.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 23 years of age on the 1st of January on the year of admission and do not meet the minimum entry requirements, you may apply as a Mature Student. Mature students should apply directly to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School. 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 any relevant transcripts, a CV or any other related documentation to the Admissions Office. Proof of age such as a copy of driver’s licence or passport must also be submitted. 

Transfer Students

Students holding a relevant Certificate, Diploma or other relevant third level qualification may qualify for entry to the second or third year of degree programme. Transfer applications to the second or third year full-time programmes are to be made directly to the college. Students should send copies of their examination transcripts and other relevant documentation along with their application form (available from the School / College) to the Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.   

EU Citizens

A European (EU) Application is one made by a person:  

(a) who is permanently a resident in one of the member states of the European Union and/or 
(b) who will have received full-time second level education, for three of the five years immediately before the date of proposed admission, in member states.

Non-EU Applicants

Non - EU applicants should contact directly the International Admissions Office at Dublin Business School.

Application fee to CAO

Early applicants to CAO can benefit from a reduced fee of €30 for early online applications. There is a standard application fee of €45 made payable to CAO on submitting your CAO application form or online application to before the normal closing date. Late applicants will be charged €90 for paper applications and €60 for online applications.

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Ordinary Bachelor Degree
NFQ Level:
 Level 7
Award Title:
BA in Legal Studies
Award Type:
Duration: 3 Years
CAO Code: DB582

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