Applications Open for Law Society Certificates and Diplomas in Education Law, Sports Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law

Posted on 23 Sep 2020

The Law Society of Ireland, through its Diploma Centre, is now inviting applications for its Autumn 2020 postgraduate courses, many of which would be ideal for members of The Wheel and those working in the wider community and voluntary sectors.

A brief sample of some that may be particularly relevant to you or your organisation is as follows:

Diploma in Criminal Law and Practice (Commencing 9 October 2020)

Course description: This diploma offers students in-depth exposure to and practical insight into key practice areas of criminal law in Ireland from both the prosecution and defence perspectives. A core component of the course is the goal of developing the advocacy skills of those attending, through interactive workshop sessions that mirror situations faced in the criminal justice process. The ethical and professional considerations of advising an arrested person in custody, dealing with vulnerable witnesses, and victims’ rights in a criminal trial process will be considered in detail. The course also includes an in-depth look at sentencing law and practice.

Previous lecturers include Noeline Blackwell, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Kenneth Ruane, An Garda Síochána, Caroline Counihan, Rape Crisis Network Ireland, and Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD.

Who can apply?

This course is open to solicitors, trainees, barristers, members of An Garda Síochána, employees of statutory agencies and offices that have a criminal justice function, and other suitably qualified professionals.

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Diploma in Sports Law (Commencing 21 October 2020)

Course description: This diploma will provide participants with an insight into the dynamic area of sports law, both domestically and internationally. The course begins with a look at the regulation and governance of the sport sector and identifies and discusses the sporting governing bodies. It outlines how to set up a club and reviews the rules that need to be followed. The course also looks at club membership and the protection of both players and management. The issue of concussion and second impact syndrome as well as the area of child protection, which is key to ensuring that young people are safeguarded in their participation in sport, are examined.

Who can apply?

This course is open to solicitors, trainees, professionals working in the sports sector, athletes who wish to add to their skillset, and individuals who volunteer/are committee members of a sports club.

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Diploma in Education Law (Commencing 30 October 2020)

Course description: This course gives an overview of the practice of education law, which encompasses a diverse range of potential practice areas, including employment law, equality law, conflict resolution, corporate governance, child protection, and litigation. Participants will gain an understanding of the key employment law issues relevant to the school setting; an understanding of school structures and governance arrangements; a thorough knowledge of admissions policies and student conduct issues; knowledge of the legal issues relating to special educational needs; familiarity with key considerations regarding negligence and litigation management; a thorough knowledge of child protection issues; and an understanding of matters relevant to higher, further, and adult education.

Who can apply?

This course is open to solicitors, trainees, and key stakeholders and decision-makers within the education setting, including school principals, teachers, management organisations, trade unions, and staff associations.

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Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice (Commencing 5 November 2020)

Course description:  This certificate will offer an in-depth analysis of immigration law and its application in Ireland. The course also examines the legal, social and political context of immigration to Ireland; the various visa and stamp categories that permit entry to and residence in the State, including employment and business visas; issues associated with asylum, subsidiary protection, and forced migration; and issues relating to deportation, removal, and repatriation.

Who can apply?

This course is open to solicitors, trainees, and suitably qualified professionals working in the area of immigration.

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More about the Diploma Centre’s courses

The award-winning Law Society Diploma Centre has been providing continuing professional education and training for over 20 years. All courses are delivered by experienced and leading practitioners and are designed to fit around a busy schedule. All lectures are webcast, making them ideal for the busy professional and those based around the country.

Please note, prices listed on the website are for members of the Law Society. For non-members (non-lawyers), courses are subject to a supplemental fee.

For more information on the full Law Society Diploma Centre course schedule for Autumn 2020, visit: