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

“Having missed out on the points to go straight into a law degree, I decided on BFEI based on good reviews.  I can honestly say that it is the best teaching environment I have ever been in.  BFEI strikes the perfect balance between formality and informality, fun and seriousness, and promotes a good level of active learning.  The course had a well thought out curriculum and a progressive assessment scheme – one that gives more weight to assignments than exams.  The teaching staff are phenomenal: they are highly knowledgeable, they are some of the most likeable people I have ever met, and instil a sense within you, that they really care about your success.  Finally, I think one of the best features of BFEI is its size. Both the building and the small class size create a great sense of community and togetherness, so much so that, it is almost impossible not to make friends.  Based on my results at BFEI, I got a place on Trinity College’s Level 8 Law Degree. I could not believe that I had made it into such a prestigious course, especially considering that I was over 130 Leaving Cert points short of that course. BFEI opened a door for me when all the others had been shut”.  

- Darren Kavanagh, Pre-University Law Graduate, 2019 -

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.

Application Process

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


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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