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Recognised Law Degrees

  FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADMISSION TO
THE INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL LEGAL STUDIES
AND
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EDUCATION AT UU

The degrees appearing in the attached list ( Recognised Law Degrees - last updated August 2014) are recognised law degrees for the purposes of admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies of Queen's University Belfast and the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education of the University of Ulster and qualification for the legal profession in Northern Ireland subject to meeting the following requirements:

(a) that at least two years of the degree must be at degree level;

(b)(i) that for candidates commencing their law degree after 1 September 2003 a full-time degree should normally be completed within one year of the normal period for completion of a particular programme and
(ii) that a part-time degree should normally be completed within two years of the normal period for completion of a particular programme.

A degree falling outside the periods prescribed at (b) above will only exceptionally be recognised by the Council of Legal Education (NI). Exceptional cases should be referred to the Council of Legal Education, with full supporting evidence, to be considered on their merits.

(c) that the following subjects (the “core subjects”) should be included at degree level:
(i) Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contract, Tort, Land Law, Equity, Evidence* and European Law.
(ii) Candidates who began their law degrees before 1 September 1996 may substitute Company Law* in the place of European Law.
(iii)For candidates who commenced their law degrees after September 2001 a maximum of two core subjects may be taken outside of the law degree.
(iv) For candidates who commenced their law degrees after September 2006 subjects taken as part of the CPE/GDL or equivalent will be regarded as outside the law degree even if the awarding university has granted exemptions in respect of those subjects.

(d) that credit for none of the core subjects listed at (c) above has been obtained through APEL (accreditation for prior experiential learning).

(e) that candidates who began their law degrees after September 2006 and whose transcripts show that they have not achieved the relevant pass mark in a core subject will be required to take and pass an examination of degree standard in that subject (eg take and pass a module offered as part of a recognised law degree); in accordance with (c)(iii) above a maximum of two core subjects may be taken outside the law degree.

(f) that for candidates who began their law degrees after September 2006 the maximum number of attempts at a core subject examination permitted should normally be three.

Candidates who have had more than three attempts at a core subject examination will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances should be referred to the Council of Legal Education, with full supporting evidence, to be considered on their merits.

(g) that, in a joint degree, 160 out of 360 credits (for three-year degrees) or 160 out of 480 credits of the degree (for four-year degrees) must be law subjects.

* The Institute holds special examinations each year for trainees who have not studied Evidence (and/or Company Law if covered by (c) above) as undergraduates. Details may be obtained from the Institute.

N.B. Candidates' attention is drawn to the fact that whilst a degree may be recognised for the purposes of admission, if it does not carry a normal degree classification (ie first class honours, upper second class honours, lower second class honours, third class honours) it may attract a weighting of “0” in the selection procedures. (Information on the selection procedures may be obtained from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education. It is also published on the following websites: www.qub.ac.uk/ipls and www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk /gsple/index.html ). However, in the case of senior status or graduate entry degrees, if a candidate can provide a transcript (confirmed by the degree-awarding institution) showing the marks achieved for each subject, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies will assess an equivalent degree classification for the purposes of the selection procedure.

Please note that degrees in Scots Law are not recognised

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  • Recognised Law Degrees

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