General Intro to Legal Studies

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    General Intro to Legal Studies

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    General Introduction to Legal Studies (GILS) seeks to act as a critical introduction for students to their
    legal studies, covering topics that include the nature and purpose of law, sources of law, court structures,
    common law and precedent, statutory interpretation, law and democracy, the legal professions and the judiciary,
    access to justice, law as a decision making system and alternatives to judicial decision making. The course
    also examines issues in relation to the interaction of law in and with society and the purpose of legal
    education. The aims of this module are: (a) To provide students with a core understanding of the rules and
    principles that underpin the Irish legal system (b) To outline how, in particular, the system of law developed
    and is developing; (c) To appreciate the hierarchy of legal sources and to analyse forms and types of legal
    rules; (d) Law as one, but not the only (and not necessarily the best), form of decision making/dispute
    resolution (e) The role of law in/with society; (f) The role of legal education. The module will also include
    a specific skills component in which students will become familiarised with fundamental legal skills,
    including the use of research sources, the interpretation of judicial decisions and the communication of
    legal ideas.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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