Entrance Examination

Requirements for Admission

Admission as a student to the Barrister–at–Law degree course is by an entrance examination. To be eligible to sit this examination, a candidate must have submitted a satisfactory student admission declaration together with a transcript of all degree/diploma results on or before 31 May in the year in which an applicant intends to take the examination. In the case of an applicant who is currently sitting his/her final degree examination, a provisional application may be lodged conditionally and the result should be forwarded as soon as it becomes available but not later than 1 July. Moreover, an applicant should hold either an approved law degree/approved postgraduate diploma or the Society’s Diploma in legal Studies. The student admission declaration and the list of approved third level degrees can be downloaded by clicking the links below.

Schedule Of Approved Degrees 

Student Admission Declaration

The applicant must show that, in the course leading to the approved degree/postgraduate diploma, he/she has passed the following core subjects as required by the Society:

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

The Application Process

Application can be done through our online application portal here. Applications will open in March 2020.

Closing Date for Applications: Sunday 31 May 2020.

Application fee before Sunday 31 May is €600.00. Late entries are accepted until Wednesday 1 July 2020 and are subject to a late Entrance Examination fee of €1,000.00. 

The application form must be submitted electronically. The student admission declaration (download link above) must be signed and delivered to King’s Inns along with transcripts of degree results on or before 31 May in the year in which an applicant intends to take the examination.  

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Fellowships and Bursaries

Fellowship and Bursary details plus application forms can be viewed 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. 

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

Contract Law Syllabus (2019)

Torts Syllabus (2019)

Constitutional Law Syllabus (2019)

Criminal Law Syllabus (2019)

Evidence Syllabus (2019)

Entrance Exam Timetable (2019)

Past Exam Papers

Entrance Examination Application Checklist 2019–20