Barrister–at–Law Entrance Examination

Last Updated: Thursday, April 8, 2021

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 the Diploma in Legal Studies from King’s Inns.

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

Schedule Of Approved Degrees

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

  1. Equity & Trusts
  2. Jurisprudence
  3. Irish Land Law (including the Law of Succession)
  4. Administrative Law
  5. Company Law
  6. Law of the European Union

The Examination

The subjects for the entrance examination are as follows:

  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Irish Constitutional law
  • Law of Tort
  • 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 right hand side.

Syllabi & Reading Lists

Past Exam Papers

Contract Law Syllabus (2020)

Law of Tort Syllabus (2020)

Irish Constitutional Law Syllabus (2020)

Criminal Law Syllabus (2020)

Law of Evidence Syllabus (2020) 

Acceptance of Offers

Offer of places on the degree course must be accepted in accordance with the timeframe laid down by King’s Inns. Such candidates will be required to submit an acceptance form and the appropriate fee within a specified period.

The Application Process

Closing date for applications: midnight on Monday, 31 May 2021

Apply here

An applicant that satisfies the eligibility requirements to sit the Entrance Examination must apply and pay the application fee of €600. Payment is done through our online application portal 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 1 July and is subject to a late application fee of €1,000.

Application and Supporting Documents

  1. Student Admission Declaration. This form must be electronically signed.
  2. Two certificates completed by two different responsible people of standing in the community who has known the applicant for at least two years and is not related to the applicant. The certificates must be electronically signed.
  3. Transcript of a King’s Inns approved law degree must show that the applicant sat and passed the six core subjects: Land Law (including Law of Succession); Company Law; Equity & Trusts; European Law; Jurisprudence; Administrative Law.
  4. Copy of details page with a photograph from one of (a) current passport; (b) EU passport card, or (c) valid EU or the UK driving license.
  5. Image file of passport size photo of the applicant (to be used for insertion in the King’s Inns student card on commencing the course).
  6. Any supporting documents for a request for Reasonable Accommodations at the Entrance Examination, as provided in the King’s Inns Disability Policy.

Entrance Exam 2021

Student Declaration Form 2021

Certificate of Standing 2021 – two required

how to submit an electronic signature

King’s Inns Disability Policy – currently being updated


If you have any questions about the Entrance Examination or the degree of Barrister–at–Law, contact the Registrar’s office at