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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN FOUNDATIONS OF IRISH LAW

Qualification : POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 9

CAO/PAC code : MMC05

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Closing Date : 08 February 2021

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An understanding of the Irish legal system and core legal topics within that system - such as contract law, employment law and company law - is increasingly relevant to those in non-law careers. Reflecting this, administrators, policymakers and technical personnel in a variety of industries are now expected to have a foundation of legal knowledge. Maynooth University’s Professional Certificate in the Foundations of Irish Law is, therefore, designed to be of interest to those in, or aspiring to enter, a career in fields such as government, administration, and the social sciences and humanities more generally. It will also be of interest to those considering a degree in law in the future.

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of law in Ireland. Students will study the foundations of the Irish legal system, a range of foundational legal topics and key legal concepts that are relevant to those topics. During this course, students will learn from subject specialists from Maynooth University’s Department of Law. Students will also have an opportunity to engage with industry speakers.  

 Please note that this is not a qualifying law degree

Applicants should have a minimum 2.2 honours (level 8) primary degree that is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

However, this course is also open to experienced professionals who do not hold a primary degree.  See Form  R8, Non-Standard Entry/Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) on registry website for further details. 

We are especially keen encourage applications from:

  1. Returners: Homemakers or those with other caring duties or economically dependent on a partner or spouse for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months.
  2. The unemployed or formerly self-employed (unemployed applicants will also be required to meet additional DEASP related criteria).
  3. People in employment, if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. 

Note that documentation supporting applicant’s status will be required as part of the application process

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The Professional Certificate in the Foundations of Irish Law will be delivered online. This will involve a mixture of recorded lectures, which students will work through in their own time, as well as a one and a half hour live online session each week during which students will have an opportunity to discuss topics with lecturers as well as to hear guest speakers.

By the end of this course, students should:

  • understand the sources of Irish law and the structure of the Irish legal system;
  • have a solid grasp of a range of foundational legal subjects and of the key legal concepts;
  • be aware of current legal debates that are relevant to Irish law; and
  • be able to articulate and discuss core legal concepts.

An indicative list of topics that will be covered is set out below (please note that this list is subject to change).

  1. Sources of Irish Law
  2. The Irish Legal System
  3. Contract Law
  4. Tort Law
  5. EU Law
  6. Administrative Law
  7. Employment Law in Ireland
  8. Company Law
Course Duration: 1 semester

The course will be of benefit to employees or those looking for work who need knowledge of legal issues and an understanding of legal concepts. It will also be of interest to prospective law students. This course will provide students with a broad introduction to aspects of law that they may encounter during the course of their job, or in day-to-day life. For example, it will provide students with an overview of the legal issues relevant to contracts and the foundations of company law. This is knowledge that will be particularly beneficial to those in (or looking for) non-law careers where a level of legal knowledge is relevant.

Online application only https://v2.pac.ie/institute/19

PAC Code
MMC05

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed must accompany the application. Applicants must also upload a copy of their valid passport.

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