1. Information on•Becoming a Solicitor•Becoming a Barrister
2. What is a Solicitor Solicitors are professionally trained to provide clients with skilled legal advice and representation on all legal matters.Where can you work as a Solicitor? Most solicitors work in private practice, but, commercial and industrial organisations also employ solicitors, as do the Civil Service and the public sector generally.
3. Qualifying as a Solicitor is a 4 step process1. The Preliminary Examination2. The Final Examination – First Part (Fe1 Exams)3. The Training Contract ( 24 months)4. The Professional Practice Courses
4. This is an exam held for non-graduates(i.e. those who do not hold a degree.)Exam Papers English Irish Government and Politics General KnowledgeImportant Information Pass mark is 50% 3 Attempts Max Candidate must be 21 years of age
5. The Fe1 exam is the Law Society of Ireland’s entrance exam.Exam Papers Company Law Constitutional Law Law of Contract Criminal Law European Union Law Equity Real Property Law of Tort
6.  Involves a period of in-office training. Must provide evidence of good character and disclose any criminal convictions. Applicants may be interviewed. 24 month contract Must be secured before applying for the next stage – PPC.
7.  Full time practice oriented course. Focus on continuous assessment and end of year exams.PPC 1 Subjects Foundation Course Applied Land Law Probate and Tax Litigation (Civil and Criminal)PPC 2 Subjects Professional Practice Conduct and Management Electives
8. What is a Barrister? A Barrister represents his or her client in court. Barristers are expert in presenting and arguing your case in court. They also provide you with independent legal advice whether about your case in court or almost any other legal issue.
9. Qualifying as a Barrister is a 3 stage process 1. Academic 2. Vocational 3. Pupilage
10.  You must obtain a Law Degree from a university or other approved third level institution. If you have a non-law degree, you can study for a two year Diploma in Legal Studies at Kings Inns instead of a third level law degree. Students over 25 with no degree can also take the Diploma course.
11.  When you have your law degree or diploma, you must pass an entrance examination (usually 5 legal subjects) into the Kings Inns.5 Subjects Law of Contract Criminal Law Constitutional Law Law of Torts Law of Evidence If you pass, you may enrol in a one year full time course or a two year part time course in the Kings Inns leading to the degree of Barrister-at-Law.
12.  Having passed the Barristers-at-Law degree from the Kings Inns, students are called to the Bar of Ireland by the Chief Justice of Ireland. Before being allowed to practice on their own, barristers are required to do on the job training with a suitably qualified barrister in an established practice for a period of 12 months.
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