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Curricular information is subject to change
At the end of this module, a successful student will be able to:
a) Demonstrate their knowledge of the Irish legal system and the importance of key concepts (such as the rule of law) to the Irish legal system;
b) Understand the structure of the Irish court system;
c) Understand the importance attached by Irish courts to their previous decisions;
d) Evaluate the effectiveness of the Oireachtas as a law making institution;
e) Appreciate the diverse role of solicitors, barristers and judges in the Irish legal system;
f) Interpret primary legal materials and research legal problems;
g) Express their opinions and ideas in an appropriately legal manner;
h) Appreciate and critically evaluate the relationship between law and society in specified areas.
The module is taught by means of three over-arching themes.
*N.B: There may be some fluidity with topic focus and coverage, therefore the information below is indicative.
Theme One: Courts, Lawyers & Administrative Oversight explores how courts are organised in Ireland (jurisdiction), as well as examining the role played by solicitors and barristers within the Irish legal system. It is also important for students to have knowledge of the Irish administrative state, and how State administration can impact upon rights and obligations of persons in Ireland.
Theme Two: Making, Interpreting & Reflecting on Law introduces students to the sources and hierarchies of laws in the Irish legal system. Attention will be paid to legislation as a form of law, and the system of common law which exists in Ireland. In this part of the course, students will reflect on why law as a system exists and will explore the concept of the rule of law.
Theme Three: Reforming law and international law will explain how Irish law does not operate in a vacuum. Formal and informal law reform processes in Ireland will be explored. The external impact of public international law, and European Union law will also be examined.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 1 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities
Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, then students are encouraged to self-assess their learning, and seek clarification from the relevant lecturer who delivered that topic, by arranging to meet the lecturer during office hours. Group class feedback, along with provisional grades, will be available to students within twenty working days after the submission of assignments. Group class feedback will be available on the examination and available to students on the day/date their provisional results for this module are released by the University. This usually occurs in early June of the academic year. Individual feedback on the assignment and/or the examination will be available once grades are confirmed, and students follow UCD School of Law requirements for requesting viewing of their assignment and/or examination script. This usually occurs in June/July of the relevant academic year.
|Professor Imelda Maher||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|