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Higher Certificate in Legal Studies

Course Code: LC227




2 Years


Business & Financial Services

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



The fundamental aim of this two-year programme is to provide students with a foundation in Legal and Taxation theory and methods and present the many interrelationships between the two disciplines. It will also provide knowledge and understanding of essential business concepts. Taxation will be taught as a branch of law with emphasis on legal principles, as well as from a practical applied viewpoint.

Students will experience a variety of teaching methods with an emphasis on student participation. The intellectual ability of students will be nurtured in a manner that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to their personal and professional lives. A supportive learning environment is assured where the development of the individual student is closely monitored to ensure that each one receives individual attention and personal support that in turn should enable them to achieve maximum potential while at the Institute and in their future careers.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). 

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits. 

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis. 

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements. 

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What modules will I study?

Year 1    

Legal Studies, Legal Systems & Communications, Constitutional Law – Fundamental Human Rights, Constitutional Law – Institutions of Government, Financial Accounting, Economics, Business Mathematics, Income Tax, Insurance & Credit Law

Year 2

Business Accounting Techniques, Employment Law with HRM, Capital Gains Tax, Corporation Tax, Contract Law, and Law of Tort.

Are there opportunities for further study?

Graduates who obtain a Pass in the Higher Certificate in Business in Legal Studies & Taxation (Level 6) may apply to progress to Stage 3 of the Bachelor of Business (Hons) Degree Programme in Law & Taxation (Level 8), subject to availability of places.


What are the career prospects?

The combination of legal studies and taxation opens a world of opportunities to graduates. Students can expect to work at technical level or junior positions in professional firms (e.g. Law, Tax, Company Secretarial), in the Public Sector (Revenue Commissioners), and in industry and commerce.

More Information

The programme aims to give students a firm grounding in the disciplines of both law and business. Historically, the disciplines of law and business have been closely associated. In our global economy businesses now deal with more complex legal and taxation issues, whereas the law has had to deal with constantly evolving commercial undertakings and business practices. Students will have the opportunity to focus upon the many areas of overlapping interest between the two disciplines.