Pre-University Law

Pre-University Law enables students to study Business and Criminal Law which cover some of the fundamental legal concepts for all undergraduate law degrees.

Pre-University Law

Pre-University law enables students to study Business and Criminal Law which cover some of the fundamental legal concepts in the core modules of all undergraduate law degrees.

Students are provided with the skills and knowledge to advance to higher education to study for an undergraduate degree in Law, Business and Law, Commerce or Law and Criminology.

Students of the Pre-University Law course also gain an understanding of civil and criminal procedure. Here is a testimonial from one of our graduates who progressed to Law in Trinity College

“…I am the first person in my family to attend university so it feels very special to me. I accessed Trinity through the QQI access route after completing my level 5 in Rathmines College. I can’t thank the teachers there enough for encouraging me and believing in me, giving me the necessary motivation and inspiration to see this journey through…” More

Jane Gerks | Future Trainee at Addleshaw Goddard Ireland


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M3789
September 2022 - May 2023
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent
  • Mature Applicants welcome.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry
  • Use of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Criminal Law
  • Applied Economics
  • Business Administration Skills
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Testimonial from one of our Law Graduates
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 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

Students are encouraged to find work placements in a law firm. Their performance in real life legal practice will be monitored and assessed for 2 weeks.

Career Opportunites

Graduates of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Pre-University Law have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in law, banking and finance for national and multinational organisations.


Now in my final year in Law in TUD, I enjoyed my experience in Pre-University Law in Rathmines. The college offered effective teaching and practical assessments that were all really well linked to the Law sector. I enjoyed visiting the Law Courts, business firms and appreciated the teacher encouragement to complete assignment and get good grades.
Claire Chinwe Obele
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