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Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre

The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

Postgraduate courses with professional focus and practical insight.

The award-winning Diploma Centre at the Law Society of Ireland has provided continuing professional education and training for over 20 years. The Diploma Centre offers a diverse range of postgraduate courses which are available both onsite and online. Courses delivered by leading experts are open to solicitors, trainees, barristers and suitably qualified professionals. We provide a flexible approach to learning with courses designed to satisfy CPD requirements.

Core and innovative course offerings

The Diploma Centre offers a diverse range of courses including core fields of interest for solicitors and innovative programmes which reflect the specialist areas of practice in which the legal profession increasingly operates. These include our Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance, Diploma in Technology & IP Law, Diploma in Sports Law and Certificate in Data Protection Practice. Courses are available online, live and on-demand, providing a dynamic platform of flexible, accessible learning.

Current courses

All current diploma and certificate courses are available on the Diploma Centre webpage.


  • Postgraduate certificate and diploma courses
  • Flexible on-site and online learning
  • State-of-the-art lecture capture facility
  • Practitioner-led lecturers and workshops
  • Annual free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), with over 10,000 registrants from 70 countries.
  • Discounts available

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Winner, Excellence in Public Sector Education Services, Public Sector Magazine Education Support award, Excellence in Business Awards 2021
Winner, Service Provider to the Legal Profession, Irish Law Awards 2016, 2017 and 2018
Winner, Postgraduate Course of the Year in Law, Higher Education Awards 2019, Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance Law
Winner, Law School of the Year, Law School Awards 2012


Diploma in Commercial Property

Programme objectives On completion of this Diploma in Commercial Property training programme, participants will have the ability to: Review, draft and negotiate commercial leases; Identify issues of concern when acting for the landlord or tenant in commercial lease negotiations; Draft suitable special conditions for insertion to the general contract for sale in commercial property transactions;…

Diploma in Finance Law

Programme objectives On completion of this Diploma in Finance Law training programme, participants will have: A comprehensive understanding of finance law and legal regulations/directives that relate to specific financial services sectors in Ireland, and the impact of Brexit on these; A thorough understanding of the regulatory framework for the financial services industry in this jurisdiction…

Certificate in Mediator Training

Programme objectives On completion of this Mediator training programme, participants will be able to: Recognise the drivers and causes of conflict; Respond to conflict behaviours; Distinguish between different mediation models and their practical application; Demonstrate core mediation skills; Identify common challenges experienced by mediators and lawyers in mediation; Apply Irish mediation law to practice; Prepare…

Diploma in Employment Law

Framed by the Workplace Relations Act 2015, this well-established and highly regarded postgraduate diploma provides a comprehensive understanding of employment law, covering all aspects of the employer/employee relationship from recruitment through to termination. Relying on contributions from leading practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers in the area, we highlight how new developments are likely to affect your…

Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law

Programme objectives On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to: Demonstrate a clear understanding of the overall structure of environmental and planning law in Ireland and the role of the organisations entrusted with overseeing the implementation of same; Describe specific areas of environmental law such as waste management law, climate change, and…

Diploma in Family Law

Programme objectives On completion of this Diploma in Family Law training programme, participants will have: A comprehensive and in-depth understanding of family law; An enhanced knowledge of recent judicial decisions and legislative and procedural developments; An ability to assess the impact of recent developments on practice and procedure in the family law arena; A critical…

Diploma in Healthcare Law

This Diploma in Healthcare Law course will provide practitioners with a comprehensive overview of the law governing healthcare in this jurisdiction, as well as analysis and insights in relation to the relevant practice and procedure in Ireland. In the first half of the course, the focus is on medical negligence claims. The second section of…

Certificate in Charity law, Trusteeship and Governance

The charity sector in Ireland is facing many challenges due to the impact of Covid-19, in particular the effect it has had on fundraising and service continuity.  Additionally, the establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements (including the introduction in late 2018 of the Regulator’s Charities Governance Code), and developments on the…

Certificate in Commercial Contracts

This course provides an understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer when drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial agreements. It includes guidance on the structure and format of commercial contracts and emphasises the importance of using clear and concise language when drafting such agreements. Experienced practitioners provide drafting tips and best practice recommendations…

Certificate in Data Protection Practice

Programme objectives On completion of this training programme, participants will have: A comprehensive knowledge of Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR); An understanding of the data protection framework in Ireland as governed by the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018; An ability to apply that knowledge to a range of data protection issues in practice and to evaluate the role…

Certificate in Enforcement for Public Bodies

This certificate provides participants with an overview of the rationale for regulation and the various methods of enforcement – civil and criminal enforcement as well as investigations and hearings. This certificate is open to solicitors, barristers and trainees, and suitably qualified professionals who work in in the area of enforcement or those who wish to transition…

Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice

Programme objectives On completion of this Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice course, participants will be able to: Identify the various visa and stamp classes available in Ireland; Proactively outline effective immigration solutions for clients; Display an ability to properly complete and lodge visa applications and reviews on behalf of clients; Recognise situations that may…

Certificate in Trade Mark Law

Programme objectives On completion of this Certificate in Trademark Law training programme, participants will have: An in-depth understanding of the legal issues pertaining to trademark law; An ability to apply for registration of trademarks at the Irish Patents Office, EUIPO and WIPO; A detailed knowledge of examination, publication, oppositions procedures; The skills to manage a…

Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance

Ireland is internationally recognised as the global hub for aviation leasing and finance, with 14 of the top 15 global aircraft lessors enjoying a presence here. More than 60% of the world’s fleet of leased aircraft is owned, leased, or managed in Ireland. The major industry players have been attracted by Ireland’s stable political regime,…

Diploma in Compliance and Risk Management

The legal landscape in Ireland has changed significantly in terms of financial services law and regulation. With an increase in Irish and European legislation creating awareness across all organisations in relation to their legal risks and compliance and acknowledgment of the pressing need for diligent risk management, this diploma aims to provide comprehensive knowledge of…

Diploma in Construction Law

Programme objectives On completion of this Diploma in Construction Law training programme, participants will be able to: Professionally communicate to a range of diverse construction-management stakeholders, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the principles of construction contracts and the rationale for amending standard form contracts; Explain and identify the impact and interaction of contract law and tort…

Diploma in Corporate law and Governance

The Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance aims to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to this interesting and changing sector, which has seen numerous changes since the introduction of the Companies Act 2014. The diploma focuses on typical events during the lifetime of a corporate entity that solicitors…

Diploma in Criminal Law & Practice

Programme objectives On successful completion of this training programme, participants will be able to: Advocate on behalf of clients in court; Advise clients effectively in Garda custody; Demonstrate the ethical awareness required of practitioners when dealing with victims of crime and vulnerable witnesses; Summarise and outline the practical implications of evidential and procedural rules; Recognise…

Diploma in Education Law

Programme objectives On completion of this Diploma in Education Law training programme, participants will have: An excellent understanding of the key employment law issues relevant to the school setting; An understanding of school structures and governance arrangements; A thorough knowledge of admissions policies and student conduct issues; Knowledge of the legal issues relating to special…

Diploma in Insurance Law

Ireland has become a major location for international insurance, with some of the world’s leading insurance companies operating here. Particular strengths of the industry lie in the captive insurance and reinsurance areas. As well as huge growth in the industry, there has also been significant change, particularly in the regulatory environment, with the introduction of…

LLM Advanced Legal Practice

The Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre offers an innovative LLM Advanced Legal Practice in partnership with the Leeds Law School at Leeds Beckett University. Building upon the solicitor qualification, the programme provides the ideal opportunity for professional development in a specialised area of law. Candidates undertake in-depth study of an agreed legal topic under individual…

Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice

Jointly awarded by the Law Society of Ireland and the Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) , this certificate offers a practical insight into company secretarial requirements in Ireland. The requirement in the Companies Act 2014 obligating the directors of a company to appoint a suitably qualified individual to the position of company secretary has enhanced the company secretary’s position as…

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