Professional Legal Studies (Barrister)

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available

Barristers: 20, Solicitors: 120


Full-Time, Part-Time


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences



* 1 year full-time. Note: there is a small number of part-time places on the Bar course and for students recommended by the Law Society.


This programme in Professional Legal Studies has been designed to equip trainee barristers and solicitors for the first three years of practice.

Why Queen's?

This award leads to professional qualification for both branches of the legal profession in Northern Ireland.

Course Details

Areas that will be studied include the following:

Practice and Procedure in:


Administration of Estates (Solicitor)

Advanced Company Law (Elective)

Advocacy (Elective)


Company Law and Partnership

Conveyancing 1 (Barrister)

Conveyancing 1 (Solicitor)

Conveyancing 2 (Solicitor)

Conveyancing 3 (Solicitor)

Coronial and Forensic (Elective)

County Court/Consumer Law

Criminal Procedure Indictment

Criminal Procedure Summary

Enforcement of Judgements (Solicitor)

Family Law

Full Trial Programme (Barrister)

High Court

Human Rights

Immigration Law (Elective)


Judge Shadowing (Barrister)

Legal Aid



PACE in Practice (Elective)

Practical Evidence (Barrister)

Practice Issues (Barrister)

Professional Conduct (Barrister)

Professional Conduct (Solicitor)

Public Family Law (Elective)




Skills Training in:

Advocacy (Barrister)

Advocacy 2 (Barrister)

Advocacy 3 (Barrister)

Advocacy (Solicitor)

Advocacy/Pleading (Barrister)

Bar Mondays

CAB Placement (Barrister)

Client Care (Barrister) (including interviewing)

Client Care (Solicitor) (including interviewing)


Interdisciplinary Training (Barrister)

Legal Research (Barrister) (including computer-based research)

Legal Research (Solicitor) (including computer-based research)

Negotiation (Barrister)

Negotiation (Solicitor)

Practice Management (Solicitor)

Pupillage (Solicitor)

Assessment & Feedback

Written examinations and/or subject assessments.

Learning and Teaching

Morning and Afternoon.

Entry Requirements

Recognised Law degree* (or non-Law degree plus approved Legal Studies course) together with selection on the basis of performance in competitive admissions test; or recommended and approved students of the Honorable Society of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland; or recommended and approved students of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. * A list of recognised Law degrees is given on the Institute's website. International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. There are no specific language requirements. However, if you wish to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfastoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

The Director
Institute of Professional Legal Studies
Tel: 9097 5567

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

The Institute caters exclusively for those intending to qualify as barristers or solicitors in Northern Ireland.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

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