Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (CILEx)

General

Program Description

Overview

A legal executive is a legal professional usually working with or under the supervision of a solicitor. This can take place in private practice, or in the public service. Our Certificate in Professional Legal Studies has been specifically tailored for students who wish to practice as a Legal Executive in the Republic of Ireland. The work of a legal executive is as varied as that of the solicitor with whom they work. This work can be catergorised as either contentious (for example personal injury litigation, debt collection and family law) or noncontentious (for example advising on the making of a will or conveyancing). Legal Executives regularly deal with clients, file management, processing litigation, attendance in court, preparing papers to go to barristers, attendance at consultations and settlement meetings. This course was designed by our Programme Leader to meet a need in the professional context which she identified during her career as a barrister.

Independent College Dublin’s Professional Legal Studies programme leads to the award of a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive) after Stage One. The programme has been specifically tailored for those students who wish to practice as a Legal Executive in the Republic of Ireland.

This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Students that complete the Stage One Certificate are eligible to progress to Stage Two, the Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executive).

Duration & Delivery

This is a 20-week course that commences on February 12th 2020. The course will be delivered via three-hour lectures delivered every Wednesday from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. There will be approximately four Saturday workshops within the 20 week period, which run from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Location

Our classes take place at Independent College Dublin, Block B, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

Blended Learning

The course will be delivered both in-class and via blended learning. This will facilitate students living outside of Dublin who wish to take the course. Class lectures will be recorded and posted online for students to access.

There will be a number of Saturday workshops throughout the 20 weeks that you will be required to attend as part of the blended learning approach.

Meet the Lecturers

Anastasia Ward, BCL; Barrister-at-Law

Anastasia Ward B.L. graduated from U.C.D. with B.C.L. (Hons), and qualified as a Barrister in 1994, and practised for in excess of 20 years at the Bar. Since 1995, Anastasia has lectured in institutions as diverse as the City of Dublin VEC (1997-2004), DIT (1999-2001), Griffith College Dublin (2001 – 2010), and the Law School on behalf of the Law Society of Ireland (1995-2009). In the Law Society, in addition to her role as an associate faculty member teaching inter alia Landlord and Tenant, Civil and Criminal Advocacy, Practice Development, Negotiation Theory and Practice, she acted as Examiner in Civil and Criminal Advocacy. Anastasia currently holds the positions of Programme Leader for the Master of the Arts in Dispute Resolution, and the Certificate and Diploma in Irish Legal Studies. In addition, she lectures in Dispute Theory and Dynamics, Negotiation Theory and Practice, Arbitration Law and Workplace Dispute Resolution on the MA Programme; while on CILEX and DILEX she lectures in Legal Systems, Contract and Tort Law, Civil Litigation Theory and Practice, Land Law and Conveyancing, Wills and Succession and Company Law.

Nadia Bhatti

Nadia Bhatti graduated with an LLB degree from Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a PhD candidate with the Law School at Trinity College Dublin. Nadia has over six years’ experience in teaching law students at the undergraduate and professional level. Nadia lectures on Independent College’s LLB (Hons) Programme in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. She delivers the EU and Constitutional Law courses on the FE-1 preparatory course, as well as the Employment and Criminal Law modules on the CILEx Diploma. Having formerly tutored at the Law School in Trinity College Dublin in Employment Law, she also delivers Independent College’s Employment Law Diploma.

Accreditation

This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). CILEx is the professional association for over 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in Ireland, England and Wales. For more than 50 years, they have been offering a pathway to a flexible career in law.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Irish Legal System; Legal Research
  • Unit 2: Law of Torts; Contract Law
  • Unit 3: Civil Litigation
  • Unit 4: Land Law & Conveyancing

Each unit has a 2-hour examination.

What We Offer

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association for over 20,000 Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, paralegals and other legal practitioners in England and Wales. For more than 50 years, they have been offering unparalleled access to a flexible career in law.

Founded in 1892, the Institute of Legal Executives became a company limited by guarantee in 1963 with the support and co-operation of the Law Society. On 30 January 2012, they became incorporated by Royal Charter and are now known as the ‘Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’.

Entry Requirements

The course is open admission and there are no entry requirements.

Fees & Payment

Tuition fees are €1,850 for students based in Ireland and the EU. Payment is accepted by credit transfer, cheque, bank draft or credit/ debit card.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

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Independent College Dublin has the perfect location for student life in Dublin: we are right in the very centre of the city, surrounded by cultural, academic and leisure attractions. Independent College Dublin’s primary goal is to bring our students through learning programmes that are relevant, stay with you forever, are the foundations of your future success and result in qualifications that are highly respected in your chosen field. Upon completion, your undergraduate, postgraduate or professional award in the various disciplines will be recognised wherever you go, both in Ireland and overseas. We are a goal-focused, career-orientated college. We pride ourselves on our personalised tuition, delivered to the highest academic standards in an interactive learning environment by highly qualified and friendly teaching staff. Read less