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LLB | Undergraduate

Common and Civil Law (Major) with Hispanic Studies

Entry year
2021
Entry requirements
AAA
Duration
4 years (Full Time)
UCAS code
M2R4
Applications for 2020 entry are still open. View courses
  • Overview

    This is a fully integrated programme between Law and Spanish. You will study the Law of Northern Ireland as well as aspects of Spanish Law.

    The degree includes a year abroad which provides a unique opportunity for linguistic development. In a globalised workforce proficiency in an additional language, together with the experience of studying abroad, significantly enhances your employability.

    Common and Civil Law (Major) with Hispanic Studies Degree highlights

    Law at QUB was ranked 10th in the UK for Graduate prospects with the Times Good University Guide 2019 and 7th in the UK for Graduate prospects with the Complete University Guide 2019.

    Global Opportunities

    • Students spend an academic year studying Spanish at a university in Spain. This significantly enhances the employability of students and the global opportunities open to them.

    Professional Accreditations

    • The degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for the academic stage of legal qualification. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to explore their interests in final year with modules offered that allow them to specialise 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.

    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.
    • 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.

    Career Development

    • 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.

    World Class Facilities

    • The £20m School at Queen’s offers students access to world-class facilities such as a fully interactive Moot Court room, a One Button Recording Studio and a wellbeing room.
      Queen’s has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in Spanish and Spanish/Hispanic cultures. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.

    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).

      Spanish at Queen’s is taught by world-leading experts in Spanish and Spanish/Hispanic Culture, with particular expertise in visual culture, Peninsular and Latin American literature and culture, and medical humanities. Research in Languages at Queen’s was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014).

    Student Experience

    • Students can join a number of student led initiatives within the school including the Law Society, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and the Street Law project. Other initiatives include the Queen’s Student Law Journal, Lawyers without Borders, the student magazine ‘The Verdict’ and the Mooting Society.

      Students run a lively Spanish and Portuguese Society, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
    “I haven't regretted my choice of degree once. I love the variety that comes with studying Law alongside a language - variety in people I meet, in styles of teaching, and variety in assessment. The year abroad sets this pathway apart and for me, it was the decisive factor in deciding to study this course."
    Matthew Carson, LLB Common and Civil Law with Hispanic Studies.

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionThe degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for the academic stage of legal qualification. In addition, students are offered the opportunity to explore their interests in final year with modules offered that allow them to specialise 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. Students spend the 3rd academic year studying Spanish at a university in Spain.
    Stage 1• Spanish 1

    • Legal Methods and Skills - Legal Methods and Skills, as its title makes clear, is designed to introduce students to legal craft—specifically, the craft of case-handling. The course provides students with a staged introduction to case-handling, taking them from the basics of navigation and description, to more advanced skills such as written and oral argument. In so doing, the course also addresses a key question: what is law? Specifically, is law’s essence to be found in its form, its function(s), its key actors and institutions, in some combination of these, or in some other way?

    • Constitutional & Administrative Law - Introduces students to the basic institutions and principles of the constitution of the United Kingdom. Examines these institutions and principles in their wider philosophical, historical and political contexts. Introduces a comparative dimension to enable the distinctive features of the constitution to be better understood. Covers the different levels of governance including central government, devolved administrations and supranational institutions and explores the role of non-state actors in the development and workings of the constitution.

    • Contract Law - The course covers the fundamental principles of the general law of contract; rules relating to the formation of contracts and what makes a contract different from a non-binding agreement; key issues concerning the contents of a contract; grounds on which relief may be afforded to a contracting party because of some defect in the making of the contract; ways in which a contract may be ended and the applicable remedies that follow in that event. The theoretical context in which the module is set is one which stresses the transactional quality of Contract Law, i.e. how it enables transactions to be processed, and how it connects with Torts in a joined up Law of Obligations.

    • Careers & Employability
    Stage 2• Spanish 2

    • Criminal Law - Elements of Crime Actu Reus Mens Rea Offences against Property Theft, Burglary and Robbery, Criminal Damage, Non Fatal Offences against the Person, Assault, Aggravated Assault, Sexual Offences, Homicide, Murder, Manslaughter, Inchoate Offences, General Defences.

    • Tort - The course covers the fundamental principles of the general law of torts, informed by a theoretical, practical and comparative approach emphasizing the underlying function and role of the law of torts in contemporary society. There is also a recurring stress placed throughout the module on the relationship between the law of contract and tort. Key topics covered in the module include the function and philosophy of torts; the relationship between torts and human rights; negligence; trespass to the person; private/public nuisance; protection of reputation (privacy and defamation); vicarious liability; defences and remedies.

    • EU Law – this module offers an introduction to European Union law in a changing world. It is divided into three parts. The initial 8 lectures and two seminars introduce the European Union as a polity, the legal framework of its institutions (role of the five core institutions Council, European Council, European Commission, European Parliament and Court of Justice of the European Union, legislative process, judicial proceedings) and its values (including a short reference to the role of citizenship and human rights protection). The module continues with 10 lectures and 3 seminars introducing the fundamentals of the Internal Market, comprising the socio-economic of the Internal Market in comparison with economic integration in the WTO and EFT, basic structure of economic freedoms, case law on free movement of goods, case law and at least one piece of secondary law for free movement of workers). It concludes with 6 lectures and 2 seminars covering a critical assessment of the interaction of institutional and substantive law, focusing on the effect of EU law in its Member States, comparing it to the functioning of international law beyond the EU, as well as critical aspect of the EU’s legitimacy.

    • Company Law & Corporate Governance - This module will introduce students to the foundations of company law. It will introduce students to the role of law in society, specifically in the economy, and to the regulation of corporate governance as a problem addressed both through and beyond company law. The module familiarises students with the corporate person as a concept, with the corporate constitution, with the company’s ‘lifecycle’ from incorporation to winding up and to the roles of and disputes between key stakeholders within the corporate form. The module will also introduce the manner in which corporate actors, mediated through law and regulation, seek to address social relationships, including through human rights and social responsibility initiatives.
    Stage 3• French 3

    • Land Law - The module provides a critical knowledge and understanding of key aspects of land law. Focusing on the current laws and policy debates in Northern Ireland and in England & Wales, the module outlines the legal frameworks in each, and differentiates the rules of these two legal jurisdictions in a critical and comparative context. Core elements of land law covered in the course include (1) estates in land; (2) land registration systems; (3) licences and proprietary estoppel; (4) co-ownership; (5) landlord and tenant law; (6) mortgages; (7) freehold covenants; (8) easements; and (9) adverse possession.

    • Equity & Trusts - This module deals with the rules and principles governing trusts. The syllabus focuses on three broad areas: 1. the requirements for establishing a valid trust including express trusts; purpose trusts (charitable and private purpose); resulting trusts; and constructive trusts; 2. the powers and obligations of trustees; and 3. the remedies available when trustees act improperly.

    • Evidence and Criminal Procedure - The module covers a range of issues in relation to criminal proceedings and the rules of evidence. It will consider the rules governing criminal investigations, prosecutions and the criminal trial. The module may cover areas of criminal procedure and evidential rules including the burden and standard of proof; rules circumscribing police powers, PACE, the admissibility of evidence, the right to silence; the admissibility of confessions; improperly obtained evidence; character evidence; cross-examination; witnesses and aspects of the trial process.

    Students may select one optional module from the list below. Please note this is not an exclusive list of optional modules. Optional modules are subject to staff availability, student numbers and change each academic year.

    • Clinical Law -This module, which involves a ten-week placement with the Law Centre NI, is intended to facilitate critical reflection on the law in practice and to help you understand what the law can, and cannot, achieve on behalf of individuals. In practice, this will be done by allowing you to assist in cases related to tribunal proceedings and to analyse the relationship between law and facts, statute law and case law, and the human needs of clients. While you will, of course, be able to develop only a partial understanding of such issues in a twelve-week module, you will have the chance to transpose some of your learning from the classroom into the reality of the Law Centre’s work. The course is, in that sense, very much about (clinical) law in practice, and it can for that reason be regarded as unique within the Law School’s curriculum.

    • Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights - This module will allow students to explore in some depth a variety of issues that raise important and difficult questions in the UK and/or Ireland concerning the extent to which certain claims should be legally protected as human rights claims. It will build on knowledge and skills already transferred to students through their Constitutional Law in Context and Rights and Accountability modules. The content of the module will vary from year to year depending on the issues that are most topical at the time and the staff available to teach on the module, but it is likely that in most years at least two or three weeks of teaching will be devoted to each of the following: (a) the prevention of terrorism, (b) the right to freedom from Torture, (c) the right to education, (d) the right to freedom of expression, and (e) the right to fair trial. The focus will be on how legislative and judicial institutions the UK and Ireland and the European jurisprudence have addressed these matters, with particular emphasis on case law.

    • Contemporary Issues in Property Law - This module Contemporary Issues in Property Law will introduce students to the central importance of ‘property’ in the history of our legal tradition and role of property law. There will be a focus on contemporary debates about the central role that property and commodification plays in law and society, using a problem-based approach, ranging from issues of ‘slavery’, ‘the body’ to our relationship with the natural ‘environment’ and ‘the commons’

    • Criminal Liability - This module explores the boundaries of the criminal law examining issues of current controversy. Deciding what to criminalise or decriminalise are important issues for any society. The proper boundaries of the criminal law are often contested with competing ideologies and perspectives offering different viewpoints. The module adopts a doctrinal, socio-legal and philosophical approach to the exploration of these issues. Issues to be examined include: Theories of criminalisation; Responding to hate crime; Responding to stalking and harassment; Regulating prostitution; Regulating the use of illegal drugs; Regulating pornography; The criminalisation of transmission of disease; Responding to anti-social behaviour.

    • Employment Law - This module will expose students to the wide range of laws relating to the world of work. It will introduce them to the main challenges of employment law and its significance, before going on to analyse some of the key topics in employment law such as the nature of an employment contract, the legal duties of an employer (especially as regards health and safety), the rights of an employee (especially as regards discrimination and privacy), the law relating to trades unions, the influence of the European Union, and the means by which employment contracts can be terminated. It will to some extent build upon knowledge gained from Contract and Tort. The focus will be on how legislative, administrative and judicial institutions in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland have addressed the issues most commonly arising in the employment relationship.

    • Environmental Law - The course introduces students to the issues faced by the legal community in tackling environmental degradation. In particular the course highlights how the law seeks to achieve and enforce a sustainable balance between economic development and the protection of the environment for present and future generations. Specific course content within the following structure is subject to change depending upon availability of individual staff members. Course content, in detail, will be as follows: Part 1: An Introduction to Environmental law, Part 2: A Study of Important Areas of Environmental Law Part 3: Cross Cutting Issues.

    • Financial Services Law - This course will offer an introduction to the law of finance. Finance is often defined as the backbone of the economy as it provides essential services such as payment or credit intermediation, without which no business would be possible. In recent decades, the volume of legislation on financial law has increased exponentially and it touches virtually every aspect of financial intermediation, from day-to-day financial transactions to the regulation of cryptocurrencies. The objective of the module is to equip students with the analytical tools to navigate the complex world of finance from a legal perspective. The module will offer a broad overview of the three main pillars of financial law: financial institutions, financial transactions, and markets.

    • Gender, Justice and Society - The module provides students with an understanding of how law affects people differently, depending on gender and the ways in which law contributes to regulating and representing gender. This understanding is not specific to one area of law, rather the course cuts across a number of different areas (such as criminal law, human rights, international law) increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of legal issues more generally at the national and international levels from a gendered perspective. Students will have the opportunity to further evaluate these issues through film and visual representation of the interaction between gender, justice and society. The module introduces students to a number of new and different topics (for example, judicial decision making, the Global South, LGBTQI, kinship and reproduction, the military) from which to interrogate contemporary debates on gender and contribute to the development of students’ critical and analytical skills.

    • Global Business Law and Regulation - The role of law and regulation in the global economy shifted significantly over the past decades. This shift has been described as a shift to a modern regulatory state or to regulatory capitalism which is based on a complex mix of private and public regulation. This module focuses on the role of law and regulation in the area of global business and introduces students to key theoretical issues and practical problems affecting the operation of business in the global economy. Students will gain a detailed understanding and knowledge of the motives and drivers behind global business law and regulation, the dynamics of regulatory change and the problems, flaws, and challenges of global business law and regulation.

    • Intellectual Property Law - Intellectual property is widely perceived to be vital in fostering innovation and creativity in the global marketplace. Intellectual property protects innovative ideas, original literary and artistic works, attractive designs, and distinctive marks. The fact that protection is available provides an incentive for individuals and businesses to create new inventions and eye-catching products, cultural goods and brands. Moreover, intellectual property contributes enormously to the national economy. For example, the UK government recently reported that the creative industries generated £76.9 billion towards the country’s economy in 2013, and that the creative industries are currently growing at twice the rate of the wider UK economy. Similarly, the US Chamber of Commerce estimates that IP-intensive industries employ over 55 million Americans and are worth around $5.8 trillion to the country’s economy.

    • Medical Law & Ethics - This module will familiarise students with the law on medical law and ethics. There will be a particular focus on current issues in the area.

    • Media and Information Law - In this module, students consider the various ways in which the media and information industries are regulated. The growth and significance of these industries in the 21st century has given rise to a range of legal disputes, as well as new legislation, regulatory systems, and international treaties; these disputes and interventions share a common feature of how a legal system ought to address innovation, human rights, transnational transactions and services, and the effectiveness of existing mechanisms, in a context of often rapid technological, economic and cultural change. Indicative topics include the regulation of broadcasting, film, and games; electronic commerce and related consumer issues; data protection; the liability of intermediaries; Internet-related criminal offences. Conceptual issues explored include the interaction between different types of regulation (e.g. statute, industry-led self-regulation, system design), whether ‘information’ and information technologies have special characteristics making conventional forms of control less feasible, and questions of jurisdiction and globalisation.

    • Regulating Commercial Sex - The issue of sex is perhaps the one area of human behaviour that has been historically subject to particularly high levels of formal and informal regulation including the law, the police and official agencies but also via cultural norms and mores. This regulation extends to the arena of sexual commerce generally (pornography, lap dancing and strip clubs, massage parlours, Internet based web cams) but also to the regulation of commercial sex which usually involves the exchange of money or other goods for the provision of direct and physical sexual services. In many respects the provision of commercial sex and how it is policed and regulated has been challenged fundamentally by the growth of the digital economy and the contribution of the Internet to the growth and development of new sex markets. The module focuses primarily on developments that have occurred in the UK and Ireland but also draws upon comparative international evidence where required.

    People teaching you

    Dr Kevin Brown
    Programme Director for LLB pathways

    School of Law
    E: k.brown@qub.ac.uk T: +44 (0)28 9097 3858 www.qub.ac.uk/law

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching6 (hours maximum)
    hours of lectures in Law
    Personal Study24 (hours maximum)
    20-24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including guided study using hand-outs, online activities and group study opportunities.
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial8 (hours maximum)
    8 (hours maximum) You will have 3-4 hours tutorials per week in Law. In Spanish you will have 3 hours of language tuition in small groups and a specialist one-hour seminar on Legal Spanish delivered in Spanish.

    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.

    Iberian Languages at QUB was ranked 5th in the UK by the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. In the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014), Languages at Queen’s were ranked third in the UK.

    There are over 1,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Law, 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 throughout the world – for Law and Spanish students, these relationships offer opportunities for study abroad and staff exchanges, both of which can greatly enhance the student experience.

    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:

    • 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; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in project- based work etc.
    • Language enrichment classes
      Students will have opportunities to develop oral skills and develop their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary in real-life, practical contexts. All these classes are taught in very small groups (typically 10-15 students). Students attend two language enrichment classes per week as part of the core language module. They also attend a one-hour oral class (typically 8-12 students), delivered by a native speaker.
    • 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). Law and Spanish students will undertake the core law modules that will enable them to graduate with a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This means that all the law modules that the students on this pathway will study are compulsory.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Seminars/tutorials
      Significant amounts of teaching, in both Law and Spanish, 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.

      In Spanish, at every level of your degree, tailor-made tutorials (one hour per week) will be provided to introduce you to the Spanish legal system, to enhance your specialist vocabulary, and to help prepare you for studying law at a Spanish university in third year. You will focus on the different sources of Spanish law, will study institutions, cases, and the practice of justice in Spain, and will discuss a range of topical issues with legal/judicial ramifications.
    • Work placements
      In conjunction with the Careers, Employability and Skills Department, there are opportunities for a number of summer internships. These provide significant learning and employability enhancement opportunities.
    • Year Abroad
      Students spend an academic year studying Spanish at a university in Spain. In addition to the benefits for oral competence in Spanish, the residence provides a unique opportunity for immersion in Spain and Spanish culture. This feature of our degree programme gives students the opportunity for personal development, further developing communication and language skills and intercultural awareness. The challenges of living abroad come to be a unique (and unforgettable) stage in your personal development, and significantly enhance your employability.

    Assessment

    Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    • The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of year examinations. Language modules are assessed through a variety of written tasks, class tests, a formal written examination and an oral exam at the end of the year. All assessment, apart from oral exams, is marked and returned anonymously. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.

    Feedback

    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.
    • Placement employer comments or references.
    • Online or emailed comment.
    • General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
    • Immediate, on-the-spot feedback from your teacher during language and oral classes
    • 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.

    Facilities

    In September 2016, the School of Law moved into a £20m facility. This provides a variety of innovative teaching spaces to support a pioneering culture of learning, central to which is the Moot Court Room interactive teaching space.

    The facility also incorporates the Herbert Smith Freehills Student Hub supported by the leading global law firm as part of a 5-year sponsorship. This 600m2 space on the ground floor provides social and informal group study facilities and a café area.
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  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A level requirements
    AAA including A-level Spanish grade A
    Irish leaving certificate requirements
    H2H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in Spanish
    Access Course
    Not normally considered as Access Courses would not satisfy language requirements.
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    36 points overall, including 6 (Spanish),6,6 at Higher Level. If not offered at Higher Level/GCSE then Standard Level grade 4 in English would be accepted.
    BTEC Level 3 Extended/National Extended Diploma
    QCF Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits), with 160 credits at Distinction grade and 20 credits at Merit grade.

    RQF Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma (1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)), with at least 900 GLH at Distinction grade (minimum 240 GLH to be externally assessed) and 180 GLH at Merit grade.

    Subject requirements most also be met.
    Graduate
    A minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree, provided subject requirements have been met.

    Selection Criteria

    In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance below on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

    Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

    Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

    Demand for places differs from course to course and for Law, past performance at GCSE is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For entry last year, we started making offers to applicants offering A-Level/BTEC Level 3 qualifications, who have achieved 2 grade A/7 and 4 grade B/6 at GCSE. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects can be fulfilled. This threshold may be lowered as the cycle progresses depending upon the number and quality of applications. The final threshold is not usually determined until late in the admissions cycle, so there may be a delay in processing applicants who do not meet the initial threshold. GCSE English Language grade C is also required.

    Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-Levels only and is normally the same as that asked from the first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year.
    Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant’s portfolio of qualifications. Subject specific requirements must also be met The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

    Applicants offering other qualifications, such as, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered, provided that subject specific requirements can be met.

    For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account and at the end of last year’s application cycle, the Junior Cert profile was a minimum of 2A and 4B grades.

    The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

    A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August.
    Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

    If you are made an offer then you may be invited to a Faculty/School Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

    If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

    International Students

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

    English Language Requirements

    An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.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.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Studying Law with Spanish 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.
    http://www.prospects.ac.uk

    Employment after the Course
    The following is a list of the major career sectors that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
    • Management Consultancy
    • Corporate Banking
    • Purchasing Officer
    • Fast Stream Civil Service
    • Publishing, Media and Performing Arts
    • Export Marketing
    • Advertising
    • Finance
    • Law Enforcement and Public Prosecution
    • Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 UK Graduate Recruiters/ AGR Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

    Employment Links
    Placement Employers
    Our past students have also gained work placements 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

    Graduate Employers include: A& L Goodbody, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, CitiGroup, Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, PWC, Wilson Nesbitt, Herbert Smith Freehills.

    What employers say

    "Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to have a strong Queen's alumni network in both our Belfast and London offices – in fact, 55% of our current Belfast team are Queen's law graduates. We have found them to be ambitious and diligent members of our team...The School of Law has a reputation for excellence and innovative teaching and we are delighted to be able to connect with its students."
    Lisa McLaughlin, Herbert Smith Freehills

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards

    A wide range of prizes and scholarships are awarded to top performing students. A number of these are sponsored by leading law firms and organisations.

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,395
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU * £4,395
    International £16,900

    The undergraduate fees for 2021 entry have not yet been set. The fees shown are for 2020 entry and are to be used only as a guide. Please check back later in 2020 to view updated fees.

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    * The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be 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. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    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, examination resits and library fines.

    Common and Civil Law (Major) with Hispanic Studies costs

    Students undertaking the Law with Hispanic Studies programme spend year 3 at a Spanish speaking university, this year abroad is a compulsory part of the degree programme.

    Students who undertake a period of study or work abroad, are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement.

    Students should be aware that placement and internship modules do not normally involve payment or financial support from either Queen’s or the placement/internship provider.

    If the placement is undertaken under the European Erasmus programme, students are normally eligible to receive a top-up grant to contribute towards these costs of approximately €300 per month. A limited number of Erasmus grants are available. 

    How do I fund my study?

    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.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

    Scholarships

    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

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    How and when to Apply

    How to Apply
    Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/students.

    When to Apply
    UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2021 from 1 September 2020.

    Advisory closing date: 15 January 2021 (18:00). This is the 'equal consideration' deadline for this course.

    Applications from UK and EU students after this date are, in practice, considered by Queen’s for entry to this course throughout the remainder of the application cycle (30 June 2021) subject to the availability of places.

    Applications from International (non-UK/EU) students are normally considered by Queen’s for entry to this course until 30 June 2021. If you apply for 2021 entry after this deadline, you will automatically be entered into Clearing.

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

    The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.

    Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/

    Apply via UCAS

    Terms and Conditions

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

    Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students

    1. Applying through UCAS
      Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2021.
    2. Applying direct
      The Direct Entry Application form is to be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly, and only, to Queen's or who have been asked to provide information in advance of submitting a formal UCAS application. Find out more.
    3. Applying through agents and partners
      The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.

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    Keywords

    LAW

    LAW AND SPANISH

    LAW WITH SPANISH

    LLB LAW AND SPANISH

    LLB LAW WITH SPANISH

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