Honorable Society of King’s Inns Entrance Examination Preparatory Course

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • What we offer
  • Requirements


Independent Colleges’ King’s Inns Entrance Examination preparatory course is delivered annually in Dublin and online. This course, which boasts an exceptional lecturing team and the most up-to-date study manuals, has been specifically designed in order to maximise the likelihood of excelling in the Kings Inns Exams.

The King's Inns' Barrister-at-Law degree has been revised to incorporate a new vocational approach. The aim of the course is to enable students to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge and values needed to become an effective member of the Bar. It is a practical, interactive course which bridges the gap between the academic study of law and the practice of law.

All course materials have been fully updated to reflect recent key developments in the law.

On successful completion of the degree course, students are conferred with the degree of Barrister-at-Law. Only holders of the degree may be called to the Bar by the Chief Justice and admitted to practice in the Courts of Ireland as a member of the Bar of Ireland (elements extracted from the Honorable Society of King's Inns' website).

Course Start Date

June 2015

Course Timetable

Cork, Galway - lectures will delivered by delayed video link.

Awarding Body

The exams are delivered and assessed externally by the Honorable Society of King's Inns.

Additional Information

Applicants should complete the application form and send the form with payment to: Course Admissions, The Professional Law School, Independent Colleges, 60-63 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Contact Details

 Email: admissions@independentcolleges.ie

Tel: 01-6355850

Course Duration

Courses commence in June and run for nine weeks

Course Fees

Full Time: n/a
Part Time: €395 per subject or €1,800 for tuition in all five subjects



Assessment Details

All applicants who are eligible for entry to the Barrister-of-Law degree course will be required to sit an entrance examination in five subjects. The subjects for the 2015 entrance examination are as follows:

Law of Torts Val Corbett
Criminal Law  Ciarán Patton
Law of Evidence Ciarán Patton
Contract Law Anthony Thuillier
Constitutional Law Veronica McInerney










What We Offer

The fee is €395 per subject (live course) or €375 (online only). For this fee each student is provided with the following:

  • 15 two-hour lectures (including exam tutorial)
  • Fully updated 2015 course manual
  • Each lecture recorded and available online for multiple viewing
  • Copies of Past Examination Papers
  • Examination Question Facility – tutors correct submitted questions
  • Tutor Advice/Support
  • Access to College Library
  • Access to College Study Facilities
  • Access to Online Library Legal Resources

Our Honorable Society of King’s Inns manuals contain the most up-to-date and course-specific information available to students. Each manual is laid out in a student-friendly style, incorporating an elaborate case index, and a special King’s Inns Entrance Examination exam tips section. Our lecturers have a unique insight into how best to prepare students for these examinations.

Throughout the course teaching and learning focuses on what happens in practice.

Students participate actively in all classes and have numerous opportunities to practice and receive feedback in skills classes.

Online Recorded Lectures

Live lectures are delivered each week from our premises on Dawson Street. These lectures are also recorded and made available via our virtual learning platform Moodle. If a student misses class from time to time and needs to catch up, access can be made remotely from any PC, laptop or most hand held devices.  Lectures may be viewed multiple times.




 Am I eligible to sit the entrance examination?

An applicant must hold an approved law degree/approved postgraduate diploma or the Society’s Diploma in Legal Studies and show that he/she has passed the core subjects required.  An applicant must also submit a satisfactory student admission declaration (available on King’s Inns website www.kingsinns.ie ). For further information on eligibility please contact The Honorable Society of King's Inns.


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