Diploma in Law Special Purpose Award - Part-Time - NFQ Level 7

The Diploma in Law is a one-year, part-time programme that addresses the basic laws and legal principles that determine and influence the work of the State and private enterprise. It focuses on four key subjects. Students will learn about, among other things, how the Irish courts operate, the rights protected by the Constitution, the legal powers of state bodies, the laws governing contracts and business relationships and the laws that protect employees. 

Is This Programme For You?


Yes, if you would like to acquire a comprehensive introduction to law in just one academic year. As the programme moves between constitutional, business, administrative and employment law, it attracts a diverse range of students. Many are also attracted by the very flexible delivery method, which allows students study at a time and place of their own choosing and attend interesting weekend seminars over the course of the academic year. 



Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language. 


Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications. 

Programme Subjects

The Legal System and Constitutional Law

Public servants must understand the fundamentals of the legal system. This course focuses on the fundamentals, explaining the Irish legal system and the main provisions of the Irish Constitution. Students explore, among other topics, the structure of the court system, practice and procedure in the courts and the rights that the Constitution affords citizens.

Business and Company Law

All transactions in the State, whether public or private, are governed by commercial law. In this course, students will examine the laws that pertain to the creation, performance and dissolution of contracts, the formation of companies, the acquisition of shares and the liquidation of businesses.

Administrative Law

Administrative law is a public law subject that deals with the lawful exercise of power by government and state agencies. It seeks, in short, to establish the manner in which public bodies can affect the lives of citizens. Students will examine the laws regarding the civil service, the separation of powers, judicial review and legal compliance.

Employment Law

A very significant body of laws regulates the employment relationship. This course explains and analyses that body of law, discussing such key topics as the employment contract, the legislation that protects employees and the laws regulating the employment of non-nationals.


Students complete assignments in each module and sit final examinations. 


Graduates can enter the second year of the BA (Hons) on completion of a bridging programme.

Course Practicalities


One academic year: Course begins in September


National University of Ireland


The cost of the programme is €2,750 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments.

For further information or Application:

Persons interested in pursuing this course/programme should contact either:

Sinead McNamara; Email: smcnamara@ipa.ie or Phone: (01) 240 3616


Maragaret Morrin ; Email: mmorrin@loetb.ie or Phone: (057) 862 3161

*Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board reserves the right to refuse course admission and/or completion.

Qualification Award

NFQ Level 7 (Special Purpose Award)


Portarlington FETC

Bracklone Street


County Laois


  • Study Room
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Parking
  • Canteen

Centre Opening Times

Monday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

* Bank Holidays and Public Holidays – Closed



Margaret Morrin, Centre Director




(057) 8623161


Portarlington Further Education Centre, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, County Laois, R32 CX71,Ireland

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