Legal Studies

Certificate in Legal Studies enables students to study Business and Criminal Law which cover some of the fundamental legal concepts for all undergraduate law degrees.

Legal Studies

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge relating to legal practice required to embark on a career in the legal sector.

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M3789
September - May
Course requirements
  • Students applying for this course should have passed the Leaving Certificate in five subjects including English.
  • Mature Applicants welcome.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
Course modules
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Criminal Law
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

On successful completion of a QQI Level 5 course students have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to:

  • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business – 6M4985.
  • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business – Legal 6M4985.
  • QQI Level 5 award holders may apply to a wide variety of Higher Education colleges through the CAO system including:
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) (DN600)
  • Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL) UCD (DN610)
  • BSC (Hons.) Criminology with Psychology  UCD (DN620)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) TCD (TR004)
  • BCL (Law and Society) (BCL) DCU (DC232)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) TU Dublin (TU918)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) NUI Maynooth (MH501)
  • BCL (Law and Arts (MH502)
  • BCL (Law and Criminology) (NUI Maynooth) (MH502)
  • BA (Hons) in Criminology UCC (CK113)

See the CAO website and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions for more information. Please note that some higher education courses have specific results and subjects requirements.

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

Career Opportunites

Graduates of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business and IT have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in banking and finance, sales and marketing and HRM for national and multinational organisations.


Pre-University Law has afforded me wonderful opportunities that will further enhance both me as a person and my future academic and professional career. I plan on progressing to a Law degree in Trinity College or DCU
Jade Fitzgerald | Pre-University Law
I really enjoyed my time in Rathmines College. All the teachers were more than helpful, I enjoyed the style of teaching and the mix of law modules. I am now looking forward to starting my Degree in Law in TU Dublin. Sophie Sheridan Legal Studies
Sophie Sheridan | Legal Studies
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