Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Legal Studies 5M3789

This course provides students with an introduction to the Irish legal system and general law subjects. It is suited to students who wish to progress to a degree in law at third level. This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills and techniques which form the basis for a career in business, public service or the legal industry. It will also enable learners to obtain a general understanding of legal principles and allow them to appreciate the role of the law in their personal and vocational lives. It is also intended to prepare learners for employment or further study in related areas.

This course is designed to

Provide the participants with an introduction to Law and is the ideal starting point for anyone considering progressing to third level to study for a law degree or further study in the legal profession.


Business Law 5N2091

Legal Practice & Procedures 5N1394

Criminal Law 5N3787

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Criminology 5N2107

Word Processing 5N1358

Opportunity to apply for Erasmus+ work placement for 3 weeks

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

Pre-entry guidance meeting

Mature applicants welcome.


QQI Level 5 Award in Legal Studies 5M3789

Progression to Higher Education:

Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to third level institutions and colleges. On successful completion of this course, students may be considered for entry to all courses in Atlantic Technological University (ATU), Galway with the exception of Nursing.

Some of the courses at third level include:

NUI Galway

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Letterkenny

Technological University Shannon (TUS) Limerick

Technological University Shannon (TUS) Athlone

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 subject requirements.

Other Law courses that students may progress to include UCC, UCD, DCU and Maynooth University.


GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.


Legal Clerk, Administration in Law Office, Paralegal, Legal Executive. After this course, students may also wish to pursue further study in other institutions to become a solicitor or barrister-at-law.


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May


Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.


GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Testimonial, Jennifer

Deciding to enrol in GTI was the best decision I ever made. Before beginning this programme I didn’t know much about law but always had an interest. This course focused on many areas of law such as legal practices and procedures, business law, criminal law, EU law and criminology. This course taught me valuable communication and computer software skills. I made amazing friends during my time in GTI. The work experience gave me a taste of what it is like to work in the legal sector. GTI gave us the opportunity to apply for the Leargas Erasmus + programme. I was fortunate enough to be accepted and spent 3 weeks in South Devon college, UK. I graduated from GTI with a QQI Level 5 in legal studies. I achieved 8/8 distinctions from a lot of studyand help from the lecturers who were always very supportive, motivating and approachable. I am now studying the BCL Law degree in University College Dublin even though I have never completed my leaving certificate. I would like to thank the staff at GTI for helping me achieve my goal.

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