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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The Irish Legal System
Module Code LG131
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Semester 2: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Autumn: Tanya Ni Mhuirthile
Module TeachersTanya Ni Mhuirthile
Ronan Condon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop their critical awareness of the economic, social and political context in which law operates. The module aims to explore the functions of law within society and how law both shapes, and is shaped by, wider social forces. On completion of the course, the student will be aware of the main foundations and features of both the common law legal system and the basic principles of Irish law.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the role of law as a social, economic, cultural and political phenomenon
2. Critically appraise the key components of the Irish legal system, its connection with EU membership and its interaction with the international legal system.
3. Identify the key principles of Irish law and locate and explain the sources of Irish law.
4. Identify the main ways in which law is reported and describe the roles of the people working in the legal system.
5. Display critical judgment regarding the application of legal principles to factual problem situations.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study53Reading for lectures
Independent Study48Exam revision
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative topics
Introduction to the Irish Legal System & The Role of Law in Society. The Legal Profession. The Court System-Civil and Criminal Procedure and Jurisdiction. Redress, Reform and Access to Law. The Legislative Process. The Doctrine of Precedent. The Constitution- Interpretation and Rights. Introduction to European Union Law. Introduction to International Law.

Students will be expected (via the guidelines, links and suggested readings on Moodle) to read case law and legislation, academic articles and core texts; participate in class discussions and keep abreast of ongoing developments in this area of law.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Byrne & McCutcheon: 0, The Irish Legal System (latest ed),
  • Higgins & Tatham: 0, Successful Legal Writing (latest ed),
  • Bradney, Cownie, Masson, Neal, & Newell: 0, How to Study Law (latest ed),
Other Resources

32875, Website, 0, courts.ie; irlgov.ie; bailii.org; europa.eu.int, 32876, Journals, 0, The Law Society Gazette; The Bar Review; Judicial Studies Institute Journal,
Programme or List of Programmes
EPLBA in Economics, Politics and Law
Date of Last Revision05-OCT-09

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