Taught course


Dublin Institute of Technology · School of Social Sciences and Law

Entry requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Law ordinarily requires at least a second class honours primary degree (2.2 grade or higher) or a recognised equivalent of an academic qualification. Candidates with a pass degree who also hold a recognised higher diploma or Masters qualification with a 2.2 honours or higher may also be considered. Candidates who do not meet these criteria may make a case for exceptional entry, subject to the discretion of the Head of School.

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place.

Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides an alternative path into a career in law. It also should interest those considering careers outside law, in which law plays an important part.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Law aims to provide an integrated programme in the practice and theory of law, supported by lectures, coursework and research projects. The academic foundation in law gained by a successful student should be sufficient to permit him or her to proceed onto the further professional training necessary to become a solicitor. A graduate will acquire a critical understanding of and approach to the diversity of legal issues in contemporary Irish society - skills useful to a career in law and transferable to employment in a wide variety of contexts including business, the public service and the voluntary sector.

This is a modular programme designed to offer the maximum range of choice to students with an interest in law.

These optional modules can be taken in addition to or in lieu of the core modules. For students with an interest in a specialised area of law (e.g., Immigration, Family) but who do not necessarily wish to pursue the practice of law as a career, they may find they are attending some evening and some daytime classes.

Students may pursue the required modules on a full-time basis over one year, or a part-time basis over two years.

Please note: that students enrolled on the part-time course will be required to attend lectures during the day time. While this is a part time course, it is not a night course.

Full time students are anticipated to devote approximately 40 hours per week to class and self study.

Subject to the availability of resources, small-group, problem-solving tutorials may supplement lectures in the 'core' areas of law.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This course is delivered in DIT Aungier Street. Some students take the Postgraduate Diploma Course in Preparation for Law Society of Ireland (Blackhall Place) FE-1Entrance Exams.

Course contact details

Eavan Murphy
01 402 3145