Module 1 - Introduction to Law & Legal Skills


The aim of this module is to provide learners with an understanding of the operation of the Irish legal system. Learners will also be provided with the legal research skills to carry out research on legal problems from a wide range of relevant sources and be able to present the findings of such research.


Learning Outcomes


After completion of this module learners will be able to:


  1. Discuss how the Irish legal system operates
  2. Locate and interpret relevant sources of law.
  3. Conduct legal research.
  4. Present the findings of that research.
  5. Assess what is meant by appropriate professional and ethical conduct.
  6. Explore how to identify client needs and deliver on them.



Indicative Syllabus


Introduction to Law
Session 1 Sources of Law
Session 2 Courts Structure & Jurisdiction
Session 3 Case Law & the Doctrine of Precedent
Session 4 Legislation & Statutory Interpretation
Session 5 Legal Personnel
Legal Skills
Session 6 Finding & Reading Case Law & Legislation
Session 7 Problem Solving
Session 8 Ethical Behaviour & Codes of Conduct
Session 9 Working as part of a Legal Team & Managing Relationships
Session 10 Professional Writing & Communication



This module is delivered through online pre-recorded lectures. Each lecture session is approximately two hours in duration. Each session will be recorded.



After viewing each session, the learner will be required to complete a quiz. The module will be formally assessed by way of project work (approx. 1,500-2,000 words).