Overview

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.

Law Senior Status Degree highlights

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

Professional Accreditations

  • 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, Canada and other jurisdictions. This means that the degree covers those subjects that are regarded as pre-requisites for professional legal studies.

Industry 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
 

Course content

Course Structure


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.
Stage 1
EU Constitutional Law
European Internal Market Law
Legal Methods and Skills L3
Constitutional Law in Context
Criminal Law (L3)
Rights and Accountability (L3)
Stage 2
Evidence*
Contract
Contemporary Issues in Property Law
Torts
Equity
Land Law (Level 3)

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

Clinical Law
Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights
Criminal Liability
Employment Law
Environmental Law
Financial Law
Intellectual Property Law
Regulating Commercial Sex
Reshaping the NI Constitution: The Transition from Conflict to Consensus
Trade Marks, Merchandising and Unfair Competition

People teaching you

Dr. Kevin Brown
Programme Director for LLB (Senior Status)
Queen’s School of Law
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.

Contact Teaching Times

Large Group Teaching
6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
Personal Study
30 (hours maximum)
24-30 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including guided study using handouts, online activities and group study opportunities.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
4 (hours maximum)
3-4 hours tutorials per week

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 40 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.

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 (Senior Status) programme 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:

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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.

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).

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 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.

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

Assessment

Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

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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. 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, 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:

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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.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

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

Selection Criteria

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

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.

  • 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.

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 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.
www.prospects.ac.uk

Employment after the Course
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 www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Law Graduates.

Employment Links
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 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

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.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be based on 2017-18 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI) £7,000
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
Other (non-UK) EU £7,000
International £15,100

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.

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.

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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.

Law Senior Status costs

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

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/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

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/apply.

When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2018 from 1 September 2017.

Advisory closing date: 15 January 2018 (18:00).

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.

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

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

Apply via UCAS
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.

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 2018.
  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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