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Education: 04 July 2019

Take on a new career working through Irish at the heart of Europe with an Advanced Diploma in Legal Translation from King’s Inns

Take on a new career working through Irish at the heart of Europe with an Advanced Diploma in Legal Translation from King’s Inns

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Former student, and now translator with the European Commission in Brussels, Ian Eglington, highlights the benefits of undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Legal Translation. 

The EU is seeking to employ over 60 legal translators (written word only) with high competence in Irish. These posts are situated in Brussels and Luxembourg. Pay and conditions are excellent. The aim of this course is to prepare students for the EU’s recruitment process.

Classes in Irish grammar, legal terminology and translation skills are delivered Monday and Wednesday evenings during the academic year 6pm–9pm beginning 7th October 2019 up to the final examinations on the 4th and 5th April 2020. Twelve hours on Irish and European legal systems and sessions on psychometric testing and the EU’s recruitment process will be delivered over two weekends.

As part of the course there will be a study visit to EU Institutions in Brussels and Luxembourg 21–23 October 2019 and a dining night in King’s Inns will be arranged for participants towards the end of the course.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht provides monetary support for this course.

“I work in the offices of the European Commission in Brussels as a translator and I greatly enjoy my work. I am very grateful to have done the Advanced Diploma in Legal Translation at King’s Inns and for the support I got from them afterwards by way of updates and information regarding employment opportunities with the European Union. 

There was a convivial atmosphere in the classes. The interactive teaching techniques used strengthened the bond between the students and tutors. I learned a lot at King’s Inns and acquired the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on this position.”

Ian Eglington, Irish language translator with the European Commission

This diploma is suitable for graduates who wish to secure employment with the EU. A degree in Irish or in Law is not necessary but a high standard of Irish is required as well as the desire to improve one’s command of the language. Computer skills are also necessary as is an openness to acquiring a third European language.

Candidate must show a satisfactory level of ability in Irish in an entrance exam which shall be conducted in King’s Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Monday 23 September 2019, 18:00–18:30. If you achieved TEG B2 (full credit) or higher in or since 2017, it will suffice to produce evidence of this to King’s Inns rather than sitting the entrance exam. (All information at The limited number of places on the course is awarded on merit.

Application deadline for the course is Monday, September 16th, 2019. To learn more about the Advanced Diploma in Legal Translation, click here.