LAW00030 Introduction to Law in Ireland

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is aimed at students who wish to acquire a basic knowledge and understanding of how the Irish legal system operates within its societal context. The law module seeks to provide students with confidence and become active, autonomous learners who are conscious of the social, cultural and political dimension of the law. It also seeks to provide a solid pathway for those students interested in pursuing further studies in law.
The module will introduce the main sources of law including the common law, legislation, the Irish Constitution and the law of the European Union. It will also examine the role of the major actors in the Irish legal system such as solicitors, barristers and the judiciary. Finally, the module will examine core concepts that lie at the heart of the Irish legal system such as the rule of law and human rights.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes: on completion of this modules students should be able to:
1. Understand and analyse the sources of law in the Irish legal system;
2. Understand the hierarchy of these sources of law;
3. Outline and assess how law is created and how it operates in select areas, in particular with respect to the Constitution, legislation and common law;
4. Evaluate and reflect on the role of judges, barristers and solicitors in the Irish legal system;
5. Communicate effectively the role of law in modern society;

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, critical writing and reflective learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

The student must be registered to Access to Arts, Humanities , Social Sciences & Law

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: End of trimester assignment, max. 2,000 words. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: 1,000 word assignment Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Professor Gavin Barrett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr. Neil Coogan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Thomond Coogan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Imelda Maher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Thomas Mohr Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Liam Thornton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Paul Ward Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Seana Glennon Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 29 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 33 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50