Legal Practice and Procedures (QQI Level 5)

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  • Course Fee: Special Offer only: €314
  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Legal Practice and Procedures (5N1394).
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

Course Description

Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Legal Studies at Level 5.
  • Students who wish to obtain a general understanding of legal principles and to enable them to appreciate the role of the law in their personal and vocational lives. It is also intended to prepare learners for employment or further study in related areas.


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • Identify the sources Irish law to include an explanation of the features of each source
  • Assess the role of the Constitution in the Irish legal system
  • Explain the meaning of common general legal terms to include plaintiff, defendant, injunction, in camera and precedent
  • Outline the structure of the Irish judicial system to include the hierarchy, jurisdiction and function of courts within the Irish court system
  • Outline the role and function of personnel within the Irish legal system
  • Explore the impact of European Law on the Irish legal system
  • Define the nature of tort to include the recognition between tort and other civil and criminal wrongs
  • Describe the proceedings in a Court of law
  • Evaluate relevant documents and legislation relevant to a specific vocational area
  • Identify the main categories of remedies available to include compensation, injunction, declaration, specific performance and judicial review
  • Evaluate the impact of European Law on Irish Law
  • Distinguish between civil and criminal, public and private and procedural and substantive law.

This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification. Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. If students require extra time to complete the course they can apply for an extension. Assignments may be emailed or posted to the College whichever is more convenient.

Course Details


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Irish Legal System
  • Unit 2: Sources of Irish Law
  • Unit 3: Remedies in the Irish Legal System
  • Unit 4: Law of Torts
  • Unit 5: European Union Law
  • Unit 6: Constitution of Ireland
  • Unit 7: Specific Legal Documents and Legislation.


Programme Entry Requirements:

  • Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. Learners are expected to be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information for a Level 5 award and more complex information for Level 6 award.
  • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.


Progression to further Studies:

  • This course leads to a level 5 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 5 credit towards the FETAC Major Award in any of the following areas:
    5M1997 – Office Administration
    5M2009 – Early Childhood Care and Education
    5M2102 – Business Studies
    5M2110 – Security Studies
    5M2111 – International Trade
    5M2181 – Applied Social Studies
    5M2468 – Business Administration
    5M3789 – Legal Studies
    5M4468 – Community Health Services.



Assignments (2) 60%
Examination (Theory-Based) 40%

Assignments (2):

The internal assessor will devise two briefs that require candidates to produce evidence that demonstrates an understanding and application of a range of specific learning outcomes. Each brief will require candidates to investigate topic(s) appropriate to the Irish legal system and in the context of the candidates’ vocational area.

The internal assessor will devise a theory-based examination that assess candidates’ ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to short answer and structured questions. These questions may be answered in Different media such as in writing or orally.


The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 2 hours in duration.  Examinations are usually held in Dublin but arrangements can be made for those living outside Dublin to sit this examination in an area convenient to where they live but there will be an additional charge (€50) for this arrangement to cover venue and supervisory fees.



  • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Legal Practice & Procedures (5N1394).
  • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
  • There is a €85.00 registration fee payable to include administration, moderation and QQI accreditation.

QQI Distance Learning Courses

Location & Dates

This Legal Practice and Procedures also known as Legal Studies (QQI Level 5) course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 3 months which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.

If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.