• Code: SD
  • Certification: QQI Level 5 Award in Legal Studies (5M3789)
  • Duration: One Year


This one-year QQI Level 5 certificate course is designed to enable you to work in a legal environment and to prepare for a career in the legal profession by progressing to higher education. In addition to developing your technical skills in a range of office-related activities, you will have a specialist focus on legal practice. You will develop your Microsoft Office skills alongside fast and accurate keyboarding. In completing this course, you will feel confident about working in any general office or legal environment and have developed strong individual and team skills.

Programme of Study
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Text Production with Data Entry
  • Audio Transcription
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word Processing

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent Extenuating circumstances may be considered

  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview

Career Opportunities
  • Legal Practices as Legal Executive, Law Clerk, Paralegal or Legal Secretary.
  • Legal departments of government, insurance or banking
  • Compliance departments of business.
Higher Education Progression*


  • Law DT532


  • Law CK301
  • Criminology CK113


  • Law & Business (CK307)
    Law (Pathways) (CK 301)


  • Management - Advanced Certificate QQI Level 6 (6M4587)

*Places are not guaranteed in these institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Sean Cryan

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

My name is Fiona Rooney.  As a mature student, with no previous college experience, I chose Bray Institute of Further Education to help me achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a Legal Secretary.  The Legal Studies QQI Level 5 course opened up to me, a whole new world of skills and experience needed to work in a Legal working environment.  The constant support and help from the teachers right from day one, was second to none, and the excellent on-board college facilities made the transition for me as a mature student as smooth and easy as I could have hoped for.  During my year at BIFE, I made lifelong friends and gained a new found confidence, helping me to pursue a career in a solicitor’s office.  I graduated the Legal Studies Course with Distinctions across the board and won Student of the Year.  I have obtained a great job in a well-established firm and cannot thank BIFE enough for helping me to achieve this.  I would highly recommend this course to school leavers and mature students alike.

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