Griffith College Law School
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Staff at the Law School
The Law School comprises of full-time lecturers and part-time teaching staff, who are either academics specialising in particular subject-areas or practicing solicitors and barristers. Staff members are engaged in research in a number of fields including human rights, legal theory, criminal law, commercial law and media law.
The Law School has a pool of highly qualified part-time lecturers, who are graduates of such illustrious institutions as Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of London, as well as the Irish Universities.
In addition to their functions as lecturers, they also act as module leaders responsible for the delivery of individual subjects. Extra-Curricular Activities At present there are approximately 1,100 students studying law at degree and diploma levels in the College.
Students participate in internal, national and international moot trial and debating competitions. In addition a great deal of law students hone their presentation skills in the College’s branch of Toastmasters. Many students within the Law School also perfect their written advocacy skills by writing articles for one of the student newspapers. Politics are never far from law, and many students of the Law School become involved in the branches of political parties in the College, as well as the Students’ Union.
The Law School has developed a prominent reputation for academic excellence and an impressively high number of graduates obtain immediate employment on completion of their studies. The continued success of graduates in the rigorous professional legal entrance examinations is indisputable evidence of the School’s first class lecturing standards.
Students develop the ability to recognise, analyse and solve legal and business problems against a background of economic, social and technological change.
All degree programmes offered by the School are validated by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) or the Nottingham Trent University (NTU).
On completion of the degree programmes students are eligible to sit the entrance examinations for the Incorporated Law Society.
King’s Inns Accreditation
Griffith College Dublin is the first college in the non-university sector to have degrees (LLB (Hons) and BA (Business and Law) (Hons)) recognised by the Honorable Society of King's Inns for the purposes of admission to its annual Entrance Examinations.
Once the five entrance examinations have been successfully completed, students may then complete the Barrister at Law degree in just one year. At present students registered for the BA (Hons) in Legal Studies with Business are required to take the King’s Inns diploma programme before attending the King’s Inns’ Entrance Examinations.
All courses offered by the Law School are delivered on a semesterised basis. The advantage of semesterisation and continuous assessment is that students are constantly focused on their work.
Furthermore, students are inculcated with the ethic of producing high quality work within reasonable but defined time deadlines; an experience that will prove invaluable in their professional lives. In addition, semesterisation enables students to deal with a great diversity of subjects.
Performance in all modules is assessed using a combination of written examinations and coursework.
Coursework takes a number of forms depending on the requirements of each particular module.
- Individual student-based case analysis
- Essays and other assignments
- A report on a Court Visit
- Computer based assignments
- Group based assignments
- Innovative Teaching Methodologies
One of the benefits of being an independent institution is that Griffith College has the ability to take initiatives that more traditional legal education providers may be constrained from taking.
Training in oral advocacy and mooting is essential for law students, whether they desire to become barristers or not. The ability to formulate legal information in a structured presentation is essential for many, if not all, law jobs that students will do in their professional lives.
Film and television media is used in teaching skills such as oral advocacy. Students also get the opportunity to assess the role of law and lawyers through investigation of the news media, guest speakers and court visits.
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