Course Overview

Welcome to City Colleges’ King’s Inns Exam Preparation Courses. The Honorable Society of King’s Inns entrance examinations consists of five papers. Constitutional law, Law of Contract, Criminal law, Law of Evidence and the Law of Tort. To be eligible to sit these examinations, students must have either an approved Law degree or have completed the Honorable Society of King’s Inns Diploma in Legal Studies course. All materials are provided including up-to-date materials and past examination papers. This exam preparation course is delivered by dedicated lecturers. Our lecturers have many years of experience in preparing students to pass these entrance examinations.

Our King’s Inns Exam Preparation Courses are offered throughout June, July and August. The next course is enrolling now.

Our King’s Inns Preparation Courses are delivered from our Dublin City Centre. This is located on South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2. We will be streamed live as well recorded and made available for later review.

Participants on this programme will receive:

  • Tuition from some of Ireland’s finest law lecturers
  • The most up-to-date course manuals. Hard copies will be sent to you by post.
  • Access to live lectures, which are also recorded and made available online for review
  • Past examination papers and solutions
  • Access to City Colleges’ assignment correction facility
  • Access to the college’s study and library facilities


Brendan Foley – Law Of Evidence

Brendan graduated with a degree in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin in 1996. He was called to the Irish Bar in 2005, and has been in practice at the Bar and lecturing on professional courses since 2006. He was awarded the Antonia O’Callaghan prize for Constitutional Law in 2004.

Since 2008, Brendan has lectured in Constitutional law, Equity & Trusts, Company law and European law for FE1 candidates. He has also lectured on the King’s Inns Entrance Examination course in Constitutional law since 2008.


Julia Lawlor – Company Law

Julia Lawlor graduated from University College Dublin in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Law with Economics. She subsequently obtained the Barrister-at-Law degree from the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns in 2013. She has an advanced diploma in Applied Employment Law from the King’s Inns.

Julia was a Tutor of constitutional and EU law and an assistant examiner for EU Law at the UCD School of Law. Julia has lectured law to undergraduate business students and has guest lectured on the City Colleges FE-1 preparation course.

She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2013 and she has been in practice since then. She has a broad civil law practice with a particular emphasis on media law, banking law, data protection law, breach of contract and tort law.


Ciarán Lawlor – Tort Law

Ciarán Lawlor is a practicing Barrister and an experienced legal educator. He graduated from University College Dublin with an Honours Degree in Law, and proceeded to study at the Honorable Society of the King’s Inns . Ciarán completed his studies at the King’s Inns and was called to the Irish Bar in 2005. He subsequently completed an LLM in European Law also at UCD, graduating with distinction.

Prior to commencing practice at the Irish Bar, Ciarán interned with leading Irish law firm A&L Goodbody, and with Amnesty International (Ireland), and was an IRCHSS funded project assistant on the EU Law PhD project at UCD. His practice focuses on civil law, with an emphasis on contract and commercial litigation, debt-collection, defamation, personal injuries, and tort law generally. Ciarán has a broad experience of teaching law. He has been a Senior Tutor in UCD, and has lectured in tort law on the Graduate Diploma in Arbitration in UCD.


Conor Duff – Contract Law/Criminal Law

Conor Duff is a graduate of Maynooth University (LL.B.); The Honorable Society of King’s Inns (B.L) and the Law Society of Ireland (Dip. Construction law). He graduated from Maynooth University and the Law Society of Ireland with a first-class honours in both his LL.B. degree and his Diploma in Construction Law. Conor went on to qualify as a Barrister and has a general practice with a particular emphasis on commercial and construction disputes. He is also a member of the Irish Construction Bar Association and has attended many construction conferences including the International Construction Bar Association conference . At present, he lectures the Diploma in Anti Money Laundering at City Colleges and lectures Contract law on our FE1, King’s Inns and QLTT preparatory course.

Conor was commended for his work at undergraduate level having ranked in the second percentile in his year at Maynooth University. He also was a finalist at the Irish Law Awards for “Law Student of the Year”. He has extensive advocacy experience having won the UCC Matheson Moot Court Competition, the National Negotiation Competition going on to represent Ireland in the International negotiation competition and was a semi-finalist in the Adrian Hardiman Moot Court Competition.


Simon Donagh – Constitutional Law

Simon is a lecturer at City Colleges and a practicing barrister as a member of the Bar of Ireland. Since 2016 he lectures in constitutional law on the FE1, King’s Inns and QLTT courses. Simon is also currently a tutor on the Barrister-at-Law Degree Course in the King’s Inns. He previously lectured in advocacy and mooting in UCD as well as tutoring in property law and contract law. Simon is a graduate of UCD having studied law with philosophy and graduating in 2011.

Having completed the Barrister-at-Law Degree in the King’s Inns, he was called to the Bar in 2012. His practice at the Bar focuses on criminal law, employment and equality law, civil litigation, judicial review and constitutional litigation. Simon has a particular interest in the impact of the Constitution in criminal proceedings.

Simon is a member of the editorial board of the Bar Review and is Treasurer of the Irish Criminal Bar Association.


Noeleen Healy – Criminal Law

Noeleen is a practising barrister who was called to the Bar in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the Catherine McGuinness Fellowship, working for one year with the Children’s Rights Alliance, whilst practising full-time at the Bar. She graduated from NUIG, obtaining a commerce degree followed by a postgraduate law degree. She then obtained an LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. She also holds an advanced diploma in data protection law from the King’s Inns.

Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Noeleen worked as a Legal Clerk with the Legal Aid Board working primarily with international protection and immigration clients, as well as complainant representation in rape cases. She has worked as a judicial assistant at the High Court and as a legal researcher for the Gardaí, focused on human rights obligations of members. Noeleen has volunteered with FLAC as well as with a number of migrant-rights and civil society organisations.

Noeleen has had a number of case reports published by Oxford University Press Reports on Public International Law, related to proceedings before international criminal tribunals. She has extensive lecturing experience. She regularly provides CPD courses to solicitors and legal executives as well as teaching at undergraduate level.

Course Timetable

Dublin 2 & online live course timetable*:

*Subject to change

6pm-8pmLaw of Evidence with Brendan Foley and Conor Duff
8.15pm-10.15pmContract law with Conor Duff
6pm-8pmCriminal law with Noeleen Healy
8.15pm-10.15pmConstitutional law with Simon Donagh
6pm-8pmTort with Ciaran Lawlor
6pm-8pmExtra classes
8.15pm-10.15pmExtra classes

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The material is confined to that which you need to know for the exam, without leaving anything out, which is crucial in exams like these. It takes the hassle of extracting this information for yourself, so you can focus on learning. In addition, the feedback you get on homework is fantastic and makes a huge impact in the study of the course. Would absolutely recommend Ciarán. Fantastic lecturer with an excellent way of delivering the material. Makes it extremely easy to take in. The best lecturer I’ve had throughout any study of law I have completed.

S O’Flynn

The lectures are delivered in a structured and thorough manner. In light of the amount of material to be covered in a short space of time, efficiency in terms of delivery is important and this is achieved. Notes placed on Moodle in advance of lectures is very helpful, and relevant caselaw placed there by topic is of huge assistance.

S Hannon

Excellent classes either in person or online. As a’ first timer’, and a more ‘mature’ student, I couldn’t recommend Philip Burke and all of his team at City Colleges highly enough.

R Mackay

I just wanted to say thanks to you and all at City Colleges for helping me through the exams. It was a daunting task taking on all eight and the help I received from City Colleges was top class. I found the online lectures very good, the manuals were well laid out and easy to follow and it was also great to have the past papers and examiner’s reports provided. The extra notes the lecturers gave on popular topics and the night before notes were a good help to have towards the end for recapping over the material. I will recommend City Colleges to anyone I know thinking of taking a prep course. Thanks very much for all your help and for answering any questions I had so quickly!

L Goonan

I can highly recommend City Colleges for its excellent course for the King’s Inns entrance exams. I was most impressed by the generous offer of all the tutors to review sample exam questions/answers. I got across the line. Keep up the good work!

K Fitzpatrick

Ciaran is very engaging and breaks down the course into manageable chunks. Mark Curran distils pertinent information very well and is exam focused

E Malaniff

The course teaches you exactly what you need to know. The materials are to a standard that you simply will not find in any undergraduate or masters level program. It definitely gives you an edge over other students.

E Buckley

Doing the course for me was the difference of making it through the King’s Inns entrance exams.  The lectures, handouts and support on and off site were second to none. I would highly recommend that this is the first step to the rest of your professional career.

D Ó Leathlobhair

Having passed first time, I am delighted to recommend City Colleges’ King’s Inns entrance exams preparatory programme. All aspects of the course were first class, and the personal attention I received from the lecturers could not, in my opinion, be surpassed. The lecturers are completely fluent with the demands of these exams, and skilfully guided us through the subjects in the most painless way possible.

D McKeone

I constantly found that there is never anything which is too much to ask of Pamela and Philip; if it will be of assistance to you in passing your exams, it will be a priority for them.

B Murtagh

I would wholly recommend the Kings Inns prep course at City Colleges. Each of the members of staff were extremely helpful and supportive. The materials provided were well written and up to date. The course was a definite helping hand in my passing of the exams.

Alice Maguire-Spencer


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€325 per subject or €1,500 for five subjects
7th June 2022
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€325 per subject or €1,500 for five subjects
7th June 2022
June, July, August

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