History and Background
The Institute of Professional Legal Studies was established in 1977 at Queen's University Belfast. It provides an internationally recognised and unique one-year postgraduate course for trainee barristers and trainee solicitors who study together.
Committed to excellence since its inception, the Institute continually monitors and adjusts its performance, its courses and services to ensure its trainees receive the utmost quality. Over the years the Institute has modified the course to allow for greater and more structured integration of direct field experience. Today, the Institute's course is a central component of the overall training programme for lawyers. This programme comprises training in a vocational law school and supervised in-practice training.