The Single Honours Law degree requires students to complete 18 modules, normally over three years of study (it is also possible to accumulate the required credits by part-time study over a longer period).
Full-time students take 6 modules in each academic year – with 3 modules taken in Semester 1 and 3 modules taken in Semester 2. First and second year modules are all compulsory. In Third Year the majority of modules are optional except a compulsory Legal Theory module. In considering which optional modules to take, students who wish to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for entrance to the legal profession, must take specific modules.
Semester 1 of first year begins with an intensive 2 week Induction Programme designed to welcome students to the School; orientate them in terms of their legal studies; highlight key support services for students; and introduce key members of staff – such as the Head of School, the Director of Education, the First Year teaching teams, Advisors of Study and the QUB Careers Advisor for Law. Students will also receive an immersion into the core structures, concepts and features of the UK’s legal system.
Students then take six level 1 modules prescribed by the School of Law. These are:
In second year, students take the following six level 2 modules:
In third year, students take a compulsory Legal Theory Module and may choose their optional modules from the options list provided by the School. The range of optional modules varies from year to year depending on student numbers and staff availability. Below is a sample of modules offered by the School:
Although the degree programme is structured to enable students, if they so wish, to take the courses required for going on to the professional stage of legal training in Northern Ireland or England and Wales, entry into the professional stage of training is competitive. It is important to realise that not all students who wish to train as solicitors or barristers actually make it there. Some students, including those taking this degree programme, may not even wish to become practising lawyers. Other careers which may be open to graduates from this degree programme include journalism and the media, the civil service and public administration, industry and commerce, as well as opportunities in Europe.