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Pre University Law

Course Code(s):  5M3789 CI061LS
QQI Award Code:  5M3789 Legal Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3789 CI061LS
QQI Award Code 5M3789 Legal Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Pre-university law is a one year programme designed for those who wish to obtain a foundation knowledge of Irish law and legal processes. The course equips the learner with an introduction to the core principles of Irish law and the Irish legal system. This course is particularly relevant for students who wish to pursue a Level 6 HETAC Legal Studies course in the Institutes of Technology or business/law degrees in university.

What will you Study?

Pre-university law is a one year programme designed for those who wish to obtain a foundation knowledge of Irish law and legal processes. The course equips the learner with an introduction to the core principles of Irish law and the Irish legal system. This course is particularly relevant for students who wish to pursue a Level 6 HETAC Legal Studies course in the Institutes of Technology or business/law degrees in university. 

Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Business Law 5N2091
Communications 5N0690
Criminal Law 5N3787
Database Methods 5N0783
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience 5N1356
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BLSXX 5M3789

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