Who We Are

LawSchool.ie and its partner AccountancySchool.ie are leading providers of educational training in law and accountancy in Ireland. All programmes are delivered through a combination of live sessions which are streamed online, and which are also available in video format. All our instructors have decades of experience as educational providers in the fields of law and accountancy.

LawSchool.ie specialises in delivering preparatory training programmes for the Law Society of Ireland (FE1) Examinations and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. LawSchool.ie also provides CPD programmes in law.

AccountancySchool.ie has been awarded ACCA Platinum Approved Learning Partner and CPA Gold Star Educator status which is the highest academic teaching status awarded by both Professional Bodies. It specialises in preparing students for professional examinations held by the ACCA, ACA, and CIMA. Accountancyschool.ie also provides CPD programmes in accountancy.

What We Offer

We deliver professional training programmes which suit the needs of our clients. In particular, our focus is on providing our clients with the legal, business, and personal skills needed to operate in the real-world environment.

Training Courses

These courses are delivered through a blend of online and face to face sessions. These courses provide for flexible provision through ‘just-in-time’ bite-sized, high quality videos and live online tutorials. Depending on the nature of the course and the client’s needs these courses may be supported by in-house (face to face) workshops. Examples of some of the services that we provide include:

  • Managing and Motivating People – motivating people; leadership and teams; effective delegation; giving and receiving feedback; managing change; communication and influencing skills
  • Managing your Business– project management of a client matter and pricing; building a strong portfolio of loyal and profitable clients; cash flow and profitability; financial management; managing risk
  • Client Relationship Management – client care; business development; negotiation styles and strategies; networking, pitching
  • Business Analysis Skills – reading and interpreting company accounts; mergers and acquisitions; financial accounts
  • Legal Research Skills – planning and executing a research strategy using research techniques; recording and presenting this research for target audience; thinking creatively about complex legal problems.

Training Needs Assessment

We also provide a service where our faculty team can carry out a training needs assessment for our clients. This will be done through the development of a competency map/profile which identifies and documents the competencies required for a particular role within the client’s organisation. Based on the competency maps, we can create a detailed proposal of the structure, content and teaching methods for a programme which incorporates the client’s needs and provides the skills, knowledge and abilities required to enable junior lawyers to excel in their role, develop as lawyers and achieve the firm’s goals.

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Contact Us

Should you wish to contact us to discuss your training needs or you need any other information please email either

Dr Val Corbett – val.corbett@lawschool.ie

Dr Maura Kelly – maura.kelly@lawschool.ie

Our Team

Dr Maura Kelly

Dr Maura Kelly

BCL, PDA, AITI, MPhil, PhD

Maura has a wide range of experience in the academic and commercial legal environment. She has been involved in many ground- breaking projects from establishing the first private law school, Portobello College in 1992, to working with a top-tier Irish solicitors’ firm to establish professional development programmes at trainee lawyer to senior associate level. Maura worked with many leading global universities such as the University of Wales; University of West of England; BPP University; University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and INSEAD. Her expertise is in designing and delivering quality, customer-focused and commercially-aligned programmes for lawyers.

Maura has been lecturing for over 20 years both in the public and private university sector. Her main areas of expertise are Constitutional and EU law. She holds a PhD in the area of property rights.

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Dr Val Corbett

BCL, LLM, Pg Cert Learning & Teaching, Accredited Mediator, PhD.

Val is the Head of Programmes at LawSchool.ie which he founded in 2016. He was formerly the Head of the Law School at Independent College Dublin (2007- 2016) and prior to that was Head of the Law School at Griffith College Dublin (2001-2007). His principal research has been concerned with the law of torts, contract law, legal research and employment law. He has published in a number of Irish and international peer-reviewed journals in these fields and has delivered papers at Irish and international conferences in these fields. He has also published a number of student texts in the Law of Torts the latest of which is Tort Law: Cases in Nutshell (Round Hall, Dublin 2019) and has co-authored Employment Law in Ireland (Clarus Press, Dublin 2009). Val is also the co-editor of the Tort & Litigation Review with Professor William Binchy.

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Dave O’Donoghue

FCCA, MSc (Accounting), DIPIFR

Dave is the Managing Director of AccoutancySchool.ie where he teaches at all levels of Auditing and Financial Reporting. Dave is a member of ACCA’s Ireland Committee and is the Irish representative on the ACCA International Education Committee. Dave is also a lecturer in Trinity Business School. Dave has been teaching professional accountancy students and delivering CPD courses since 1996.

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Liam Doran

FCCA, MBS (Finance)

Liam is a director of AccountancySchool.ie. Liam specialises in financial reporting both from the perspective of the technical content of the accounting standards and the analysis of financial statements. He also lectures in Corporate Finance and brings a practical approach to this field having worked with a Canadian multinational for a number of years in their corporate acquisitions’ unit.

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Séan McLoughney

Séan McLoughney, founder of LearningCurve, is a sought after learning and development specialist, author and speaker. Recently he reached a new milestone of 12 years in business and has helped over 10000 professionals at every level to improve their performance. In addition to his work with LearningCurve Séan is a senior lecturer (Accountant in Business – ACCA) as well as a senior lecturer for IPASS. He also wrote, designed and delivers the highly successful Diploma in Managing People for the Chartered Accountants Ireland. Séan is an internationally published author. His first book “Slave to the Clock, Master of Time” helps you to improve your time management skills. Slave to a Job, Master of your Career is his second book and it outlines how people can plan and progress their careers, even in these challenging times. Séan’s third book “Meaningful Performance Reviews” is published by Chartered Accountants Ireland.

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Shane O'Grady

BSc

Shane is a Senior Lecturer with AccountancySchool.ie and specialises in the area of Ethics, Corporate Governance and Business Strategy. Prior to joining AccountancySchool.ie, Shane was a member of the Enterprise Risk Services team in Deloitte.