A Certificate programme specifically tailored for those who wish to practice as a legal executive in the Republic of Ireland.

Course Type: Legal Accredited by: Chartered Institute of Legal Executive (CILEX) UK
Delivery: Online Fees: €1,850 
Duration: 20 Weeks Part Time x 3 hours a week Location: Independent College
NFQ: Not Applicable Next Intake: Commencing October 2024
  • Overview
  • Details
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Aims & Objectives

What is this Course?

The course provides students with a solid introduction to the Irish legal system. It is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX), a professional association of 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. Many students successfully pursue roles as legal executives in Ireland, while others use the qualification as a pathway to becoming a solicitor.

The Certificate is the first part of a two-stage diploma programme. In Stage 1, students graduate with a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies. When successful, students are eligible to progress to Stage 2 of the programme: the Diploma in Professional Legal Studies.

Each Unit comprises approximately four to six lectures, while the Saturday workshops provide an opportunity to review and discuss each unit in further depth. There is a two-hour exam for each unit. Students may access our library and online journals during their time at Independent College.


We run this 20-week course twice a year: Spring and Autumn. The course is delivered via three-hour lectures delivered one day a week from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. There are approximately four Saturday workshops within the 20-week period, which run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. A Saturday revision class is also held for each subject.

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

What do you need?

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

How to Apply?

You can apply by clicking our Apply Now link

For further information email profcourses@independentcollege.ie or phone +353 (o) 1 877 3925

Aims & Objectives

Many graduates of our Certificate in Professional Legal Studies programme go on to complete our Diploma in Professional Legal Studies, to facilitate further career advancement. Many of our students successfully pursue roles as legal executives in Ireland, while some use the qualification as a pathway to becoming a solicitor.



Our classes take place online, are live streamed and recorded for future (re)viewing. Workshops take place at our purpose-built campus at Independent College, The Steelworks, Foley Street, Dublin 1.



The course is delivered live online and recorded for repeated viewing.  Class lectures are recorded and posted online for students to access via our Moodle platform.