Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C1R10
Module Title: The Irish Legal System 1
Title: The Irish Legal System 1
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Eileen Doyle
Module Author:: Margaret Crowley
Module Description: The aim of this module is to introduce learners to the Irish Legal System. Learners will be introduced to a range of legal topics, giving them a basis on which to develop their legal knowledge. This module will establish a framework within which the learner can appreciate the relevance of the various law subjects they will study during their course.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Discuss the main sources of Irish law and appreciate their relative importance
LO2 Identify the various divisions within the law.
LO3 Differentiate between the functions of the various members of the legal profession and discuss reform in the area.
LO4 Discuss the various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that exist within the Irish Legal System
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Introduction to the Irish Legal System
• Law and Laws • Common Law System • Sources of Law • Divisions of the Law – Substantive and Procedural; Civil and Criminal.
The Legal Profession
• Introduction • Solicitors • Barristers • Reform of the Profession • Law Officers & Other Professionals
• Introduction to Legislation • The Legislative Process & Product • Delegated Legislation • The Interpretation of Legislation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Adjudicative Bodies and Quasi-Judicial Bodies • Arbitration • Mediation • Negotiation • Conciliation • The Injuries Board • The Coroner's Court.
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Project % of Total Mark 100
Timing n/a Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Learners will be required to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes through continuous assessment. This work may take the form of a project, essay or problem based assessment or in class test or combination of these.
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Exam Board
It is at the discretion of the Examination Board as to what the qualifying criteria are.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00 36
Estimated Learner Hours Non Contact No Description 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93 89
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.50 1.5
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Byrne & McCutcheon. (2021), The Irish Legal System, 7th ed. Bloomsbury.
  • Kenneally & Tully. (2013), The Irish Legal System, Clarus Press.
  • Liam Thornton,Tanya Ni Mhuirthile,Dr. Catherine O'Sullivan. (2016), Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System, [ISBN: 9781858007120].
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Murdoch, Henry. (2000), A Dictionary of Irish Law, 3rd Ed., Topaz.
  • O’Malley, Thomas. (2001), Sources of Law, RoundHall.
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Westlaw Database.
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • The Irish Law Times. various articles, The Irish Law Times.
  • Annual Review of Irish Law. various articles, Annual Review of Irish Law, 1987 to present.
Other Resources
  • – for all relevant cases and journals..
  • The Injuries board website:.
  • Website of the Irish Government:.
  • The Statute book website: for all relevant legislation.
  • EU Website.
  • For relevant articles.
  • Courts website for recent cases.
  • Oireachtas website.
Discussion Note: