The Honorable Society of King’s Inns is responsible for the training of barristers and provides full and part-time courses for law graduates who wish to become barristers (that is, to be admitted to the degree of Barrister-at-Law and to be called to the Bar of Ireland).
To practise as a barrister
To be eligible to practise as a barrister a person must have:
Following admission to the bar, barristers must complete a pupillage (akin to an apprenticeship) with a qualified barrister (a Master) for a year before they may practise.
Students must pass the following six subjects during the course of their degree in order to satisfy the requirements for King’s Inns:
The 5 subjects for the entrance examination are:
Students interested in pursuing a career at the Bar should ensure that they take the required subjects during the course of their degree through their core law modules, chosen elective, or as additional subjects. Further information on becoming a barrister is available at www.kingsinns.ie. The above information is provided for information only and as regular alterations to the entry requirements for the professional bodies occur students are advised to keep abreast of any developments in this regard.
The Law Society of Ireland, located in Blackhall Place, Dublin, is the professional body for solicitors and exercises functions relating to the education, admission, enrolment, discipline, and regulation of the solicitors’ profession. Graduates must take the following steps to qualify as a solicitor in Ireland:
FE-1/Final Examination-First Part (entrance exam)
To qualify as a solicitor in Ireland graduates must first pass an entrance examination, also known as the Final Examination/ First Part (FE-1). This exam is held twice a year, normally in Spring and Autumn and consists of 8 papers:
All of the examinable subjects are offered by the School of Law in the University of Limerick.* Students wishing to have the advantage of having studied the core FE-1 subjects at university should ensure that they take the relevant subjects during the course of their degree through their core law modules, chosen elective, or as additional subjects.
Timing of training contract
Following the completion of the FE1s, graduates must find a suitable (practising) solicitor to act as a training solicitor (secure a training contract) and complete the Professional Practice Course I (PPC I). The training contracts begin 14 days after the completion of the PPC I.
Further information on becoming a solicitor is available on www.lawsociety.ie. The above information is provided for information only and as regular alterations to the entry requirements for the professional bodies occur students are advised to keep abreast of any developments in this regard.
*Please note that the choice of electives is subject to continual change and not all electives may be available due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, scheduling and resource limitations.