The Diploma in Professional Legal Studies is Stage Two of our Professional Legal Studies Programme and has been designed for students 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 Location: Independent College, Foley Street, Dublin 1
NFQ: Not Applicable Next Intake: Week commencing October 9th 2023
  • Overview
  • Details
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to Apply
  • Aims & Objectives

What is this Course?

This is an advanced diploma programme and progresses the student’s understanding of the Irish jurisdiction from the Certificate course. Stage 2 covers four key areas of law and offers students an elective route to choose their most preferred pathway.


This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) UK, 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 pathways 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.

Unit 1 Law of Wills & Succession; Probate Practice
Unit 2 Family Law; Family Law & Practice
Unit 3 Employment Law; Employment Law & Practice
Unit 4 (elective): Criminal Law & Procedure or
Unit 5 (elective): Company & Partnership Law & Practice; Company Law Practice

What do you need?

Applicants are required to have passed the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Legal Executives) for entry onto the Diploma course. In some cases, we can accept direct entry to the Diploma course if the applicant can demonstrate prior legal academic qualifications that sufficiently cover the same modules as the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies.

How to Apply?

You can apply here

For further information email or phone (01) 877 3903

Aims & Objectives

Many of our students successfully pursue roles as legal executives in Ireland, whilst some use the qualification as a pathway to becoming a solicitor. Our alumni have also gained employment in varied areas such as the civil service and regulatory bodies.


We run this 20-week course once a year every 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.


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.