Entrance Examination

Eligibility to sit the Entrance Examination

Admission as a student to the degree of Barrister–at–Law course is by an entrance examination. To be eligible to apply to sit this examination, an applicant must hold either an approved law degree/approved postgraduate diploma or King’s Inns Diploma in Legal Studies.

The list of approved third level qualifications can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

Schedule Of Approved Degrees

Student Admission Declaration

The applicant must show that, in the course leading to the approved degree/postgraduate diploma, that the following core subjects have been passed:

  • Land Law (including the Law of Succession)
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Jurisprudence
  • Company Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Administrative Law

The Application Process

An applicant that satisfies the eligibility requirements to sit the Entrance Examination must apply and pay the application fee of €600. through our online application portal that can be accessed here on or before midnight on 31 May in the year in which an applicant intends to take the examination. A late application may be submitted by midnight on Wednesday 1 July 2020 but is subject to a late application fee of €1,000.

On receipt of the online application, King’s Inns will email the applicant with the link to the MS OneDrive folder to which the applicant must upload supporting documents. The supporting documents include the student admission declaration and a transcript of all degree/diploma results as well as other requirements. In the case of an applicant who is sitting final degree examination in the year of application and has not received results by 31 May, a provisional application may be lodged conditionally and the results should be uploaded to MS OneDrive as soon as available, but not later than 1 July.

Entrance Examination Timetable 2020

Due to Covid–19, all supporting documents should be uploaded electronically and not in paper form through postal delivery which was the means of submission previously.

Please read the attached Instructions on the required supporting documents and the Guide for uploading supporting documents to MS OneDrive.

An applicant must receive the link to the MS OneDrive folder before commencing upload of supporting documents.

Instructions to submit supporting documents online

Guide to upload documents onto MS OneDrive

How to submit an electronic signature

Receive notification when more information is available

Grants, Fellowships and Bursaries

Fellowship and Bursary information plus application forms can be viewed here.

Our Barrister–at–Law degree course qualifies for postgraduate funding under Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). View details here.

Disability Policy

King’s Inns is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and to ensuring that students with a disability have as complete and equitable access to all facets of college life as can be reasonably provided.

The Examination

The subjects for the entrance examination are as follows:

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

The entrance examination syllabus, reading list and past examination papers are available below. All candidates should be familiar with the rules relating to the entrance examination. Information regarding marks and standards, deferrals, eligibility to re–sit, dates of examinations along with all the education rules may be found below and along the righthand side.

Acceptance of Offers

Offers of places on the degree course must be accepted in accordance with the timeframe laid down by King’s Inns. Candidates to whom places are allocated will be notified as soon as is practicable. Such candidates will be required to submit an acceptance form and the appropriate fee within a specified period.

Syllabi & Reading Lists

Past Exam Papers

Contract Law Syllabus (2020)

Torts Syllabus (2020)

Constitutional Law Syllabus (2020)

Criminal Law Syllabus (2020)

Evidence Syllabus (2020)