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Law (Juris Doctor)

School of Law | JD
Entry Year
2020
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The Juris Doctor (JD) programme is a Professional Doctorate. It has a blend of taught, skills-based and research elements and is designed to provide our students with a world-class legal education, preparing them for the global and international environments in which they will be providing legal advice.

This three year programme delivers a primary law degree to graduates from a discipline other than Law which will provide them with the necessary professional exemptions to allow them to apply for the professional stages in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and those further jurisdictions which allow for application on the basis of a primary law degree, eg North America, Australia, Hong Kong

The Juris Doctor is available for September 2020 entry with a modernised curriculum, subject to final approval. Applicants will be notified of a decision on their application, when approval for the new curriculum has been obtained.

Law (Juris Doctor) Highlights
World Class Facilities
  • The new £20 million Law School features world class facilities to support an innovative culture of learning
Internationally Renowned Experts
  • Excellent opportunities to engage with professional audiences. The Law School has strong links with the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the Northern Ireland Assembly (all based in Belfast). This gives you a unique opportunity to meet law makers and leading judges.
Student Experience
  • We are extremely proud of our international connections and have staff and students from over 70 countries. Our academics have research links across the world.
Key Facts

JD students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities in the School.

  • Shared study space within the School with access to computing facilities and support to attend conferences
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Course content

Career Prospects

Introduction
Graduates will hold a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which provides the necessary professional exemptions to allow holders to apply for the professional stage in numerous jurisdictions. 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.
https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Learning Outcomes

The Juris Doctor (JD) programme is a Professional Doctorate. It has a blend of taught, skills-based and research elements and is designed to provide our students with a world-class legal education, preparing them for the global and international environments in which they will be providing legal advice.

This three year programme delivers a primary law degree to graduates from a discipline other than Law which will provide them with the necessary professional exemptions to allow them to apply for the professional stages in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and those further jurisdictions which allow for application on the basis of a primary law degree, eg North America, Australia, Hong Kong

Course structure

In Year 1, the programme will cover most of the courses required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)/primary law degree. This degree also is recognized and accredited by various international jurisdictions and further information can be viewed at http://law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/study/graduate-degrees/accreditation/

Over the summer months on completion of Year 1 and as students commence their studies for Year 2, focus will be on three year-long doctoral research-focused courses. This will allow students to develop a depth of knowledge and originality of insight in core legal subjects.

Year 3 is reserved for a 30,000 thesis under expert supervision whereby students will demonstrate originality of thought through the production of new knowledge or through novel applications of existing knowledge. The thesis will be subject to examination in a viva voce.

Assessment

Case analysis, problem-solving questions, research essays and oral presentations

Feedback

Module Convenors and Supervisory teams will offer feedback on results gained and draft research work at regular intervals throughout the period of registration on the degree.

Facilities
Shared office accommodation with computing facilities.
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Entrance requirements

Graduate
A 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

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.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: 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.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £7,640
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £8,400
Other (non-UK) EU £7,640
International £17,200

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Law (Juris Doctor) costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has eight outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and most importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.