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Qualifying as a Barrister or Solicitor

Qualifying as a Barrister

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 degreeLogo of the Honorable Society of King's Inns 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:

  • Completed the 6 required subjects during the course of their law degree
  • Completed the relevant entrance exams
  • Been admitted to the degree of Barrister-at-Law
  • Submitted a satisfactory declaration to the Benchers
  • Completed a compulsory, but non-examined, course in Irish terminology and the understanding of legal texts.

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.

Required Subjects

Students must pass the following six subjects during the course of their degree in order to satisfy the requirements for King’s Inns:

  • Land Law (including the Law of Succession)Drawing of a man looking up something in a book
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Jurisprudence
  • Company Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Administrative Law

Entrance Exam

The 5 subjects for the entrance examination are:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Irish Constitutional law
  • Law of Torts
  • Law of Evidence

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.

Qualifying as a Solicitor

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 Logo of the Law Society of Irelandsolicitors’ profession. Graduates must take the following steps to qualify as a solicitor in Ireland:

  • FE-1/Final Examination-First Part (entrance exam)
  • Secure a training contract (an apprenticeship) and complete in-house training
  • Complete the Professional Practice Courses (PPC I & PPC II)
  • Seek admission to the Roll of Solicitors

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:

  1. Company Law
  2. Constitutional Law
  3. Law of Contract
  4. Criminal Law
  5. European Union Law
  6. Equity
  7. Real Property
  8. Law of Tort

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.

Timetable

  1. Professional Practice Course I (PPC I) 7 months.
  2. In-office training post-PPC I 11 months
  3. Attendance on PPC II 3 months
  4. In-office training post-PPC II 10 months

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.

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