LAW10450 Law and Courts

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module acts as a critical introduction for students to the Irish legal system. This module explores the sources of law in the Irish legal system, the structure of the Irish courts system (both at first instance and on appeal); the function of judges and how they are appointed, the role of solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals in the Irish legal system; and access to justice in Ireland.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The key aims of this module are: 1. To provide students with a core understanding of the Irish Legal System 2. To understand the hierarchy of courts and what each of them does; 3. To understand how judges are appointed in Ireland and their responsibilities 4. To appreciate how to interpret statutes 5. the extent to which courts are bound by their own previous decisions. 6. The role played by solicitors, barristers and other legal professionals in the Irish legal system.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Two hours weekly lecture with in class discussion and participation. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAW10360 - Intro to Irish Legal System

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Examination: 2hr closed book written exam End of trimester
2 hr(s)
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

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback to the group post assessment.