Advanced Diploma in Law and Education

Launching in September 2017, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of law and education, with a focus on both domestic and European law in the area.

Many laws impact the day–to–day running of schools, from admissions policies, to liability for negligence, to the place of religion in the classroom. In the modern educational environment, it is essential that principals, assistant principals, teachers of all levels and those in management positions are familiar with this legal matrix. This diploma will provide participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of the law as it relates to the provision of education in Ireland.

Delivery will be on a limited number of weekends over the course of one year, with classes presented by leading experts. Course participants will take part in large and small group sessions in which the law will be applied directly to classroom practice and school management.

Delivered via blended learning and with most sessions recorded, this course will be accessible to students regardless of their geographical location and attendance in person will be optional for many classes.  


  • Introduction to the Legal System and Stakeholders in Education
  • The Law of School Management
  • Children’s Rights
  • The Rights and Responsibilities of Teachers


Lectures will be recorded and students on the course will be able to stream these recordings at a time of their choosing, provided they have an Internet connection. Students are welcome to attend all sessions in person and attendance at some sessions, including sessions will be compulsory (timetable forthcoming shortly); other sessions can be attended either in person or via distance learning, at the election of the student.  

Free parking and refreshments will be provided for participants.

Deadline for Applications: Friday 2 June 2017 at 5pm.

Course Start Date: Friday 22 September 2017.


The course will be suitable for: principals, assistant principals, bursars and teachers working in both primary and secondary education; persons involved in school management; anyone involved in school–level education in Ireland. 


Fees can be viewed here


Applications are made here.

Deadline for Applications: Friday 2 June 2017 at 5pm.


The coordinators of the course are Dr. Claire O’Connor BL and Dr. Claire Hogan BL. 


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