Pre-University Law


Pre-University Law Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer a QQI Level 5 Pre-University, Legal Studies Law Course.

Do you have an enquiring mind? Are you methodical and organised with an eye for detail? Are you interested in legal cases and how the judicial system works? Would you like to take the first steps to get a law degree?

This course will introduce you to the core principles of law and the Irish legal system. You will get the opportunity to study several different branches of law and discover the area that interests you most to pursue at degree level.

Alternatively, you could use this qualification to gain employment in areas where a background in law is an asset such as the regulatory bodies, citizens advice, and human rights advocacy agencies.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

• Legal Assistant/Researcher

• Legal Researcher

• Paralegal Work

• Administrative Assistant

Course Structure

Core Elements
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Business Law
  • Family Law
  • Libel and Defamation
  • Criminal Law
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Course Code

  • LAW
  • Duration

  • 1 Year - full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 30
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 20 approx
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

After missing out on a Law course in DIT by 5 points, my dream of becoming a solicitor seemed bleak.  I lost faith and couldn't see a way out of this dark pool.  Since choosing to study in BFEI, I know I made the right decision.  I am more than happy that I chose this course.  You make amazing new friends who are just as interested as you are and the debates in lectures keep you on your toes!  I would definitely recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Law as it gives you an excellent foundation on core legal principles and the Irish Legal System too.  The lecturers are incredible in that you have very little to worry about when starting this course and they are more than happy to help when they can.  Also with its numerous links to a variety of Colleges in Ireland such as DIT and WIT, there are many options available to you on completion of this course.  The day I started this course in Blackrock, it restored my faith and has kept my dream alive.  To sum up this course in one word: unique.

- Janet A. Yennusick, Pre-University Law Course 2016/2017 -

Support Elements
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation
  • Visit to the Courts
  • Attend a Forensic Criminology Workshop
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI.
  • Assessment is based on a combination of work submitted during the year and exams.
  • Learners who successfully complete all 8 subjects will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Legal Studies (5M3789).

More Level 5 Courses at BFEI


If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) or Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL) University College Dublin -

Bachelor of Laws, LLB Trinity College Dublin -

Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) Law Dublin City University -

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), LLB Technological University Dublin [City] -
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), LLB Waterford Institute of Technology –*
* 5 places reserved for BFEI Graduates Minimum 3 Merits

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) Maynooth University -

Check out the updated BFEI CAO Progression Pathways Chart with new progression options included for TCD, NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.  CAO data shows that many BFEI graduates from 2019/2020 secured excellent CAO offers

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Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate

You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services charge and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.


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