Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law

Page last updated: Monday, June 27, 2022


Since the mid–1990s Ireland has experienced a ‘sea change’ in the social and policy landscapes in this sector. This has arisen in the context of significant inward migration to this country and an unprecedented inflow of international–protection applications, both from individuals and family groups from all over the world.

A substantial national jurisprudence in the area of asylum and immigration law has developed. This case law deals with the meaning, domestic effect, and application of primary and secondary legislation, statements of policy, the Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, and EU law. In the wider European context, there is a large and growing corpus of European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice case law in this important and fast–moving area of law.


This unique Advanced Diploma will provide participants with an overview of the main components of immigration and asylum law in Ireland including a practical knowledge of the State’s application processing regimes in this area. It will also address key legal issues regarding the processing of individual immigration, asylum, and visa applications.


The course will appeal to public sector and NGO employees, legal practitioners, academic and government researchers, activists, social workers, industry, policymakers and regulators.

Having a diverse group of professionals studying this course together allows participants to learn from each other, especially during tutorials and Q&A sessions.

“I would recommend this course to anyone looking to develop and deepen their knowledge of immigration, international protection and citizenship law. The lectures explained the substantive law in these areas with great clarity and detail.”

2022 Graduate


The designer and lead lecturer of the course is barrister David Leonard BL.

David specialises in public law, administrative, regulatory, constitutional law, judicial review, and European law. He is a co–author of the third edition of ‘Constitutional Law of Ireland’ by Bloomsbury Professional, a leading textbook on Irish constitutional law.


This course will take place in an online format only, by way of a combination of pre–recorded lectures and live, unrecorded sessions.

Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars, presented by leading experts in the area. The course takes place over approx. 20 weeks from October to April, with lectures on Wednesdays from 8.30 am to 10 am. The course concludes with an evening live round–table interactive discussion.

Course Start Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Classes are recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

All class notes are available to read through our Virtual Learning Environment. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our library and legal resource databases.

King’s Inns is built on networking and engagement. Over the year, we invite students to attend and participate in various social events, fireside chats and talks. Events take place either online or in–person. All of this contributes to the learning experience that is King’s Inns.

Course Content

  • Course overview and introduction (live session, not recorded)
  • Introduction to Immigration Law in Ireland
  • Entry into the State
  • Permission to Remain in the State
  • Lecture from the European Migration Network (EMN)
  • The Impact on the Constitution on Irish Immigration Law
  • Human Rights Law 1
  • Human Rights Law 2
  • The Law on International Protection 1
  • The Law on International Protection 2
  • Judicial Review in Asylum and Immigration Matters
  • Deportation and Repatriation
  • EU Law
  • Irish Nationality Law
  • Working, Conducting Business and Studying in Ireland
  • Immigration Law, Families and Children
  • Detention, and criminal and other sanctions
  • Social Protection for Third Country Nationals
  • Trafficking, People Smuggling and Immigration Fraud
  • Lecture from the Human Trafficking Investigation and Co–ordination Unit
  • Round–up of the course and guidance on assessment technique
  • Round–table discussion on Immigration Law

Please note the course content is subject to change in accordance with new developments in this area. 

Previous Speakers

  • David Leonard BL
  • Aoife Carroll BL
  • Speaker from INIS, Department of Justice
  • ERSI Anne Sheridan, EMN Ireland
  • Conor Power SC
  • The Hon. Justice Siobhán Stack
  • Michael Lynn SC
  • Patricia Brazil BL
  • Colm O’Dwyer SC
  • Mark de Blacam SC
  • Sara Moorhead SC
  • David Conlan Smyth SC
  • John Stanley BL, Office of the Attorney General
  • Michael Lynn SC
  • Emily Farrell SC
  • Derek Shortall SC
  • Colin Smith BL

Assessment and Accreditation 

This is a professional development course and it is accredited independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. The skills and competence gained in studying at King’s Inns are transferable, portable and recognised internationally. It is a valuable qualification delivered by distinguished lawyers, members of the judiciary, legal and other practitioners specialising in legal education.

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete one written assignment.

Provisional assessment schedule: Assignment will be released closer to the end of term 2.

Course Fee

  • Course fee: €2,550. 
  • You should view the fee structure, payment terms, and other charges here.

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. You must receive your discount code before applying. View more information here.

Admission Requirements 

There are no admission requirements for this course. A place on the highly sought–after course is not secured until the tuition fee is received in full. Once payment is received, you are automatically accepted on the course.

How do I Apply?

Application Deadline: Midnight on Sunday, September 25, 2022

  • In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘register and apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application.
  • The application process is very short and your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. Once payment is received, you are automatically accepted on the course.
  • Payment can be made through the Application Portal using your credit or debit card (please make sure your bank allows you to process the full payment in one go), or 
  • If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a valid PO number in advance of making the application, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. 
  • The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. The participant will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the Application Portal. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their employer has paid in full within the timeframe required in order to secure a place. King’s Inns cannot contact your employer for payment, we can only liaise with the applicant.
  • An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.
  • Subscribing members: You must apply your discount code upon application. It cannot be applied after the application is made. 

Register and apply here

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Immigration and Asylum Law Graduate 2022

“I would recommend this course to anyone looking to develop and deepen their knowledge of immigration, international protection and citizenship law. The lectures explained the substantive law in these areas with great clarity and detail.”

Class of 2021–2022

Immigration and Asylum Law Graduate 2020

“Excellent course with content extremely relevant to those working in international protection. Balanced course content delivered by renowned experts in their respective fields, which provides students with an important insight into the procedural arrangements and obligations of the State and the subsequent requirements of the applicant and their representatives.”

Class of 2019–2020