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The Pre-University Legal Studies course provides a foundation in Irish Law and business. It is suitable for those who would like a career as an assistant in a legal environment or for those who wish to continue their legal studies to degree level.

Studying law is an exciting and challenging choice. It provides an introduction to the Irish legal system and court procedures. You will cover a range of legal disciplines including understanding the constitution, the law of contract and the law of tort. In civil litigation's you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the theory, practice and procedures of Civil Litigation, and learn how to produce legal documentation to a professional standard.

The Legal Studies course offers you the opportunity to study the fundamentals of Irish law and business finance as well as enhance your communications and customer services skills.

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Advanced Certificate in Legal Studies
  • QQI Level 5 Major Award in Legal Studies (5M3789)

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements.

Back to Education Allowance

If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of a social welfare payment you may be eligible to the Back to Education Allowance which allows you to return to education and still retain your welfare payment  You must be aged 21 or over and be accepted onto an accredited full time course to meet the criteria. Please speak with your local welfare office to discuss your eligibility as there may be an alternative route.

Class Sizes

We are committed to ensuring you gain the most, academically and personally, during your study time with Portobello.  To facilitate this, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 14 students on part-time programmes. With these uniquely small classes, we create the environment for you get to know everyone in your group, you can then feel comfortable and confident to ask questions and our tutors have the time to attend to the needs of each and every student. Many of our students tell us of the lifelong friendships they have made during their study time with Portobello.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Course Content Modules

  1. Business Management
  2. Communications
  3. Business Law
  4. Customer Service
  5. Law
  6. Civil Litigation
  7. Professional Presentation
  8. Criminal Law

Non EU Students

To book an interview for this course, please use the book now button below. For Non EU Student course fees please contact T: 01 8920042

Autumn 2018 Entry

We are accepting applications from students seeking to apply and secure their place early for 2018. An interview day will be held on Saturday 28th April for early applicants. Places offered to successful candidates will be available until Wednesday 9th May 2018.

Future Studies

Many past pupils of Portobello Institute have successfully used this programme as a  path of progression to access their chosen degree programmes. These paths of progression are available through the Higher Education Links scheme (HEL), and listed below are just some of the degrees made accessible upon completion of this programme. 

There is a minimum requirement of 4 to 5 distinctions for admission on to many of these programmes. Portobello Institute offers students the opportunity to achieve these results through its extensive student support systems.




Minimum Requirement




4 Distinctions




4 Distinctions


Arts –Law (Joint Honours)


5 Distinctions


Law & Society – BCL


5 Distinctions


International Relations


5 Distinctions

University of Limerick

Arts – Politics & International Relations (Joint Honours)


5 Distinctions


Business & Law


5 Distinctions

NUI Maynooth

Arts - Law


5 Distinctions


This is a short summary list of the potential routes open to students for further studies. For further detailed information on Higher Education Links, visit the QQI website at 


Sports Playing Opportunities

All male and female students of Portobello Institute have the opportunity to try out for the "Fresher" and "Senior" teams of IT Tallaght. Sports include Rugby, GAA football and hurling, basketball, hockey, boxing. For further information on these opportunities, email


Protection for Learners

QQI have introduced a mandatory insurance protection policy fee that must be paid by students enrolled on all courses with a duration of 12 weeks or over. This insurance cost is in addition to your course fees. 


Name: Pre-University Legal Studies

Cost: 3495 Euro

To Book this course, please make a payment of 50 Euro deposit using the Book Now button. Please read and understand both the Terms of Enrolment and Course Payment Information before paying for your course. Details of all our policies as well as refunds, cancellations, installment options and how to pay offline are contained in these two important documents.

Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 08/10/18 - 26/04/19
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

Please read Course Payment Information for full details as to when you will make these additional course payments.

  • Exam Fee: included
  • Protection for learners insurance fee: €132