Module Title:The Irish Legal System 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the learner Problem Solving Exercises - learners will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Learners will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Directed Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the Irish Legal System. Learners will be introduced to a range of legal topics, giving them a basis on which to develop their legal knowledge. This module will establish a framework within which the learner can appreciate the relevance of the various law subjects they will study during their course.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Discuss the main sources of Irish law and appreciate their relative importance
LO2 Identify the various divisions within the law.
LO3 Differentiate between the functions of the various members of the legal profession and discuss reform in the area.
LO4 Discuss the various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that exist within the Irish Legal System
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the Irish Legal System
• Law and Laws • Common Law System • Sources of Law • Divisions of the Law – Substantive and Procedural; Civil and Criminal.
The Legal Profession
• Introduction • Solicitors • Barristers • Reform of the Profession • Law Officers & Other Professionals
• Introduction to Legislation • The Legislative Process & Product • Delegated Legislation • The Interpretation of Legislation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Adjudicative Bodies and Quasi-Judicial Bodies • Arbitration • Mediation • Negotiation • Conciliation • The Injuries Board • The Coroner's Court.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Learners will be required to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes through continuous assessment. This work may take the form of a project, essay or problem based assessment or in class test or combination of these. 1,2,3,4 100.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 1 Mandatory
CW_BBLEG_C_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 1 Mandatory
CW_BBLAW_C Higher Certificate in Business with Law 1 Mandatory
CW_HHLAW_B Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 1 Mandatory