Module Title:Legal Office Fundamentals
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to develop a knowledge of how to manage and run an efficient legal office thereby facilitating optimum delivery of legal services to clients.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basics of practice and procedure involved in managing an efficient legal office and the rationale behind those procedures.
LO2 Have practical knowledge of precedents and procedure required to assist in the delivery of legal services across the main areas of a legal practice.
LO3 Demonstrate a knowledge of the procedures involved in utilizing the Services of 3rd party institutions/bodies for eg. Property Registration Authority, Personal Injuries Assessment Board, Revenue Commissioners, Banks etc.
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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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Maintaining Records: (15%)
Daily Records, Service of documents, Document exchange-recorded delivery re deeds, Library/precedent bank File Records: • Time sheets • Expenditure record • Note of undertakings • Significance of up to date filing of all incoming correspondence Keeping a file duplicate of outgoing correspondence correctly dated (iii) Archiving: • Procedures for closing files • Storage of closed files • Disposal of files • Shredding/daily/ annual (iv) Deeds • Maintaining a deeds register • Release of deeds-scheduling and receipt Storage (iv) Wills • Maintaining a wills register • Release of wills-scheduling and receipt • Storage
Statutory Obligations Under Solicitors Act(& Other Statutory Obligations) (15%)
s.68 Costs letters Solicitors Accounts • Money Laundering Legislation • Employment legislation • Data Protection Legislation
Practical Succession (20%)
Execution of a will Witnessing a will • Steps in administration of estates • Ascertaining Assets • Applying for Inland Revenue Affidavit • Applying for Bond • Applying to High Court for Grant • Distribution on Inheritance, including capital taxes. eProbate
Practical Conveyancing/eConveyancing: (20%)
Steps in a conveyancing/econveyancing transaction • Booking Deposits • Pre contract enquiries • Subject to Contract/Contract Denied • Execution of a contract and exchange • Objections & Requisitions on Title Completion • Stamping and E-stamping • Registration-Land registry & Registry of Deeds-Forms • Property Registration Authority– E-conveyancing
Practical Litigation (30%)
Statute of Limitations • ‘Without Prejudice’ • Legal privilege • Briefing Counsel, Courts, Injuries Board Virtual Court Hearings eService
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other 2 exams comprising problem scenarios in a typical office 2,3 65.00 n/a
Other 1 practical exercise comprising completion of standard forms (including digital forms) used in a legal office from for example : revenue, land registry, loan pack, on foot of hypothetical instructions 1,2 35.00 n/a
No Project
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 12 Weeks per Stage 6.00
Total Hours 108.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 0.75
Total Hours 0.75

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLEG_C_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 2 Mandatory