Law (Senior Status)

LLB Honours

Law (Senior Status)

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Key Course Information

Entry Year


Course length

2 year(s)

A-Level Requirements *


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences



Professional Year Out






*Indicative Only. Please see the Course Entry Requirements section for details on subject specific or GCSE requirements.


The LLB (Senior Status) is an accelerated two-year qualifying law degree for Northern Ireland, England and Wales, Canada and other jurisdictions.

 It is primarily designed for non-law graduates who wish to obtain a qualifying law degree or who have interest in reading law as a second academic degree.

 Students will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in core legal subjects as well as real-world skills that they will be able to utilise in future employment.

Lead Academic 

Staff Name:  Dr. Kevin Brown

Job Title: Programme Director for LLB (Senior Status)

Kevin is a Criminal Lecturer in the School of Law. His main research interests lie in socio-legal explorations of the regulation and governance of public space, victims’ rights, and more broadly criminal law and criminal justice.

Why Queen's?

Accreditation: all of the undergraduate Law degrees offered at Queen's are recognised qualifying law degrees, which means that they are accredited by legal professional bodies in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. This means that the degree covers those subjects that are regarded as pre-requisites for professional legal studies.

Placement: past students have gained work placement with organisations such as the Council of the EU, European Commission, European Parliament, United Nations (UN), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe, and Thomson Reuters.

Professional links: our students benefit from the Law School at Queen's having a well-established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies and top international law firms.

Industry links: Law students have the unique opportunity of working with industry leaders through commercial awareness events and other negotiation exercises that offer insight into the legal practice (and services) world but also providing an enhanced skills development experience.

World class facilities: The new Law school at QUB offers students access to world class facilities such as a fully interactive moot court room, various seminar rooms and a well being room.

Internationally renowned experts: Law at QUB is taught by world leading experts in the area of Law including Human Rights, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and Civil Society. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (2014).

Student experience: Students can join a number of student led initiatives within the school including the Law Society, the ADR society and the Street Law Project. Other initiatives include the QUB Student Law Journal and the Mooting society.

Did you know?

Law at QUB is ranked 9th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2017.

Course Content (including module information)

The degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for a Qualifying Law Degree (Legal Methods and Skills, Constitutional Law in Context, European Constitutional Law, European Internal Market Law, Criminal Law, Rights and Accountability, Torts, Contract, Equity, Land Law, Contemporary Issues in Property Law, Evidence)

In addition, students are offered the opportunity to explore their interests in final year with modules offered that allow them to specialize in a particular area, or simply receive a more rounded sense of what ‘law’ is. Many of these modules consider law and law-like interactions on a local, national and international level. Some of the modules that we have offered over the last number of years are below.

  • Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights
  • Research Project B (Dissertation)
  • Public International Law
  • Competition Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Reshaping the NI Constitution: The Transition from Conflict to Consensus
  • Sentencing
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Globalisation, Development and the Security Sector
  • Remedies in Private Law
  • Criminal Liability
  • International Criminal and Transitional Justice
  • International Financial Law

* Note that this is not an exclusive list and these options are subject to staff availability

Assessment & Feedback

Feedback (general):  As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, placement supervisors, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers.  University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:

  • Summative feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted. 
  • Formative feedback opportunities such as face-to-face comment.  This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “feedback and guidance hours” to help address a specific query.
  • Online or emailed comment.
  • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
  • Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid.  In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
  • Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
  • Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as, Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.

Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work. 

Learning and Teaching

The Law School at Queen's is ranked as one of the top Schools in the UK and Ireland. Teaching quality within the School was judged to be 'excellent' and our research was awarded a 5B (excellent) by the UK Higher Education Funding Bodies. There are over 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 250 postgraduates, 30 PhD students and almost 50 members of academic staff. You will be taught by scholars from all over the world, many of whom have international reputations in their fields and all are committed teachers and researchers. Students will also have access to an excellent law section in the new library and extensive IT facilities. In addition, the School has active relationships with universities in Ireland, France, Spain, the USA, Canada, South Africa, India, Latin America and Australia through which opportunities for study abroad and staff exchanges are fostered.

The School operates a proactive system of student support. Advisers of Studies are allocated to each degree programme tasked to guide and support you throughout your time with us, together with the School's experienced and helpful administrative staff. In addition students are allocated a Personal Development Programme Tutor for their time in the School. We place considerable emphasis on facilitating good communication between staff and students. To this end, a Staff-Student Consultative Committee, comprised of elected student representatives, the Advisers and the Director of Education, meets twice each semester. This Committee provides students with a forum in which to raise matters of concern to them and also enables the School to keep students informed about matters affecting the School and wider university.

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the LLB programmes we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enables our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, life-long learners.   Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are: 

  • Lectures: provide information about topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading.  Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers). 
  • E-Learning technologies:   Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online.  A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example:  interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; IT and statistics modules; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in project- based work etc. 
  • Seminars/tutorials:  Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students).  These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers.  Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups. 
  • Self-directed study:  This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s Law student when important private reading and research, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
  • Work-Related Study Tour:  The School sponsors a Law Study Tour to London which is run annually by Careers, Employability and Skills Department.   Selected students spend a week in London visiting the City’s commercial and corporate law firms.  Time is spent taking part in workshops in the various firms and allows students to get an insight into the work undertaken and how these firms operate as well as appreciating what the London firms are looking for in potential employees.
  • Personal Tutor:  Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during their time in the School.  Tutors meet with their students on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at:

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.

Earlier applicants normally receive decisions more quickly, however, UCAS accepts that some applicants, especially those from outside the UK, may find this difficult. Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.

Take care to enter the details of the institutions and courses clearly and correctly on the application. For Queen's, the institution code name is QBELF and the institution code is Q75. These should be entered in the Choices section of your UCAS application. A Campus Code is not required. For further information on applying to study at Queen’s, please click here.

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
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Career Prospects

Overview: Studying for a Law degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.  Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Law.

Although a large percentage of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Law, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.  

Employer Links – Consultations: The Law School at Queen’s has a long and well established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies, employers etc.  This includes, for example, The Law Society of Northern Ireland, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Law Society of Ireland, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and employers from significant legal and other professional firms or organisations (see examples in placements and other employer links below). 

Placement Employers:Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:

  • The Council of the EU
  • The European Commission
  • The European Parliament
  • The United Nations (UN) 
  • The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • The Council of Europe
  • Thomson Reuters 

Other Employer Links:Top international law firms, including the “Magic Circle” law firms, i.e. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter & May, and many more.

Graduate Careers and Achievements: Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:

Lord (David) Trimble - Former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Member of the House of Lords;
Right Honourable Sir Brian Kerr - Justice of the Supreme Court of UK and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland;
John Larkin QC – Attorney General for Northern Ireland
Mary McAleese – Former Irish President;
Lord Eames - Former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland;
Anthony Watson, CBE, Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn.
Zoe Salmon - Former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter;
Sonia Mac - Cool FM radio DJ;
Carolyn Stewart - U105 Presenter;
Wendy Austin - Radio and Television Broadcaster;
Tim McGarry - Member of the Hole in the Wall Gang;
Damon Quinn - Member of the Hole in the Wall Gang;
Michael McDowell - Member of the Hole in the Wall Gang;
Ciaran Hinds - Actor;
Kieran Goss - Singer/Songwriter;
Trevor Ringland - former member of Ulster and Irish Rugby Squads;
David Humphreys - former member of Ulster and Irish Rugby Squads;
Peter Dornan - Former Irish League Footballer.

You should also take a look at further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Law Graduates.

Further study is also an option open to Law graduates. Students can choose to progress to a vocational course (Solicitor or Barrister course) or can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see: the QUB Law School website.

Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers.  Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer.  See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.

Degree Plus and other related initiatives:  Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s.  Students are encouraged to plan and build their own personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports. 

Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students).  Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts.  As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.

Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.

Fees & Scholarships

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union. Higher education funding arrangements mean that students can study now and pay later.

Further details can be found on our fees and funding section.

Queen's works to ensure that all those who can benefit from a university education have the chance to do so, and a generous system of financial support is in place to help them. Each year Queen’s offer a range of scholarships and prize for new students. The most up to date listings are available here.

For international students, information on tuition fees, can be found here. Information on scholarships for international students, can be found here.

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