Online Diploma in Legal Studies

Your introduction to the Irish legal system

11 wks (PT), one evening per week, 6.30pm-9.00pm
Start Date:
16th February 2022
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The law is the regulatory framework within which all organisation must operate. Businesses need these laws for the same reasons that people do: to define unacceptable behavior, to provide certainty and stability, to protect, and to provide a mechanism for businesses to resolve disputes and ensure sustainability. Just as there are laws that apply to people, there is a huge body of law that applies to business. 

All employers and employees, including self-employed should have an understanding of its basic principles and procedures  to help them make better decisions. This programme does just that in providing an introduction to the Irish legal system and how various aspects of law impact organisations.  This understanding of the legal framework within which organisations carry out business is of interest to all employees regardless of their position and department within the organisation they work for or might like to work for.  

The aim of the Diploma in Legal Studies programme is to provide learners with an understanding of the legal framework in which Irish businesses must operate.  Learners will learn the key principles of legal issues that are faced by the organisations, along with case examples from these.  They will consider how various points of law are implemented in business, what parties are involved, what can happen to cause breaches of law and remedies available.  Learners will understand the legal implications of operating through different forms of business. Crucial legal issues for organisations and individuals will be explored and learners will develop an understanding of how to manage legal issues both in a business and personal context. Learners' confidence and ability to identify legal issues will improve, and how effective procedures can positively support the organisation and personal circumstances.

The aims and objectives of this programme:

  • To provide learners with an understanding of the legal nature of the employment relationship
  • To provide learners with an understanding of the rights of employees in the workplace
  • To provide learners with an understanding of the responsibilities of employers in the workplace
  • To provide learners with an understanding of the litigation and resolution of employment disputes and the remedies available to both employers and employees when such disputes arise.

Course Overview

Learners may be new to some or all the concepts covered in the programme.  By keeping up with readings and ongoing studies, they can comfortably participate in class discussions relating to the application of principles to factual scenarios relevant to business.  A key part of learning in this class comes from applying the concepts through discussion and active participation in the class. Therefore, learners will be expected to prepare, to be present and to participate at all class sessions. Current issues in the news relating to the lecture topics will be highlighted and discussed in the classroom with reference to relevant articles.

On successful completion of this programe, learners will be able to:

  1. Outline the key components and principles of employment law and its sources.
  2. Identify and define the legal obligations that arise for employers and the corresponding rights of employees in a workplace setting.
  3. Identify and explain the processes and procedures associated with the various courts, tribunals and other bodies that adjudicate on employment disputes.
  4. Work independently to a fixed deadline, assuming responsibility for the quality of work produced, demonstrating self-awareness in their work.
  5. Apply problem-solving skills to theoretical and real-life employment law questions

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The Diploma in Legal Studies aims to provide learners with a grounding in the areas of Irish law most relevant today, with an emphasis on the practical implications of the law, and will cover the follow areas:

  • Week 1
    Introduction, Sources of Law, the Constitution, statute and common law

  • Week 2
    The branches of government: the executive, legislature and judiciary.
  • Week 3
    Tort: Introduction and Negligence

  • Week 4
    Tort: Other torts, statutory duties and remedies for breach of duty

  • Week 5
    Contract: formation and terms

  • Week 6
    Contract: Breach and remedies

  • Week 7
    Company Law: the legal nature of companies and the implications

  • Week 8
    Employment Law: Employee Rights and Employer duties

  • Week 9
    Criminal Law: Actus Reus, Mens Rea and the elements of specific criminal offences.

  • Week 10
    Criminal Law: principles and procedure of prosecution and sentencing

  • Week 11
    Recap and conclusion

The assessment will involves a legal factual problem case on the area of employment law. The scenario given presents the learner with content they need to interpret and understand before attempting to apply legal principles and relevant case law; then a final written examination containing a mixture of theory questions and practical problem-based questions. 

Career Opportunities

Through the Diploma in Legal Studies you will gain a greater understanding of the legal issues that arise from both a business or personal perspective, then create strategies and policies to deal with these issues when they arise.

It will also equip graduates who wish to pursue new opportunities in roles such as: Legal Secretary, Legal Executive, Legal Advisor and Legal Administrator.

Academic Progression Opportunities

Learners' who graduate from the Diploma in Legal Studies maybe interested in furthering their legal studies with our Diploma in Employment Law course.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

Benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors who are teaching in real-time and can therefore engage with you directly. Seize this opportunity to boost your prospects and stay ahead of the competition. 

Entry Requirements

No prior academic qualification or professional experience is required.

You will require access to a standard laptop or desktop computer and a broadband Internet connection.

How to Apply

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You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below or at the top of the page, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

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  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
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