Legal Studies

This course is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in the legal profession. You will gain detailed insight into the Irish Legal System and the role of law within today’s society.

You will learn about court processes, the legal profession, legislation, law reform and the European Union. The course also couples this study with practical administration skills to give you a great foundation for future careers. You learn about the rights and responsibilities that affect our everyday lives and you will develop skills which will prepare you for studying at Higher Education and for your chosen career.

What Makes This Course Special

  • Learn practical skills and apply knowledge
  • Apply theory and knowledge in a range of career fields
  • Highly experienced business and legal team
  • Opportunities for professional links and court visits
  • Excellent progression routes, including Round-Zero CAO links

Course Content

  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Law
  • Family Law
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Work Experience

Progress to further study and careers including:

  • Legal Services
  • Legal Secretary
  • Law Practice Assistant
  • Business Administration
  • Corporate Law
  • Solicitor
  • Legal Professional


My motivation for enrolling on the Legal Studies course was to gain knowledge about the principles of law. Also, I had heard positive reviews about Carlow Institute. I always had an interest in law from TV programmes, but this course has opened my eyes to the massive impact that law has on society. I’ve had fantastic experiences with the staff and the course content such as Family Law and Criminal Law is incredibly interesting. The teachers are helpful and friendly, they put me at ease straight away! I hope to progress to study law on a Level 8 degree course at third level.

Entry Requirements


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Legal Studies 5M3789


  • All course fees, from registration to exams and awarding body fees as well as course materials and equipment are covered.
    (see costs, fees and finance)

Garda Vetting
See the Garda Vetting details on the Entry Requirements Page

PLSS Code: 415705

Course Coordinator: David Morey

Course is subject to minimum enrolment. The programme content shown is indicative and is subject to change according to Awarding Body requirements as well as enrolment and resources.