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Law (Juris Doctor)

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
2.1
  • Overview

    The Juris Doctor (JD) programme is a Professional Doctorate. It has a blend of taught, skills-based and research elements and is designed to provide our students with a world-class legal education, preparing them for the global and international environments in which they will be providing legal advice.

    This three year programme delivers a primary law degree to graduates from a discipline other than Law which will provide them with the necessary professional exemptions to allow them to apply for the professional stages in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and those further jurisdictions which allow for application on the basis of a primary law degree, eg North America, Australia, Hong Kong

    The Juris Doctor is available for September 2020 entry with a modernised curriculum, subject to final approval. Applicants will be notified of a decision on their application, when approval for the new curriculum has been obtained.

    Law (Juris Doctor) highlights

    Shared study space within the School with access to computing facilities and support to attend conferences

    World Class Facilities

    • The new £20 million Law School features world class facilities to support an innovative culture of learning

    Internationally Renowned Experts

    • Excellent opportunities to engage with professional audiences. The Law School has strong links with the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the Northern Ireland Assembly (all based in Belfast). This gives you a unique opportunity to meet law makers and leading judges.

    Student Experience

    • We are extremely proud of our international connections and have staff and students from over 70 countries. Our academics have research links across the world.

    Key Facts

    JD students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities in the School.

    • Shared study space within the School with access to computing facilities and support to attend conferences

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  • Course content

    Research information

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    Graduates will hold a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) which provides the necessary professional exemptions to allow holders to apply for the professional stage in numerous jurisdictions.

    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

    Learning Outcomes

    The Juris Doctor (JD) programme is a Professional Doctorate. It has a blend of taught, skills-based and research elements and is designed to provide our students with a world-class legal education, preparing them for the global and international environments in which they will be providing legal advice.

    This three year programme delivers a primary law degree to graduates from a discipline other than Law which will provide them with the necessary professional exemptions to allow them to apply for the professional stages in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and those further jurisdictions which allow for application on the basis of a primary law degree, eg North America, Australia, Hong Kong

    Course structure

    In Year 1, the programme will cover most of the courses required for a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)/primary law degree. This degree also is recognized and accredited by various international jurisdictions and further information can be viewed at http://law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/study/graduate-degrees/accreditation/

    Over the summer months on completion of Year 1 and as students commence their studies for Year 2, focus will be on three year-long doctoral research-focused courses. This will allow students to develop a depth of knowledge and originality of insight in core legal subjects.

    Year 3 is reserved for a 30,000 thesis under expert supervision whereby students will demonstrate originality of thought through the production of new knowledge or through novel applications of existing knowledge. The thesis will be subject to examination in a viva voce.

    Assessment

    Case analysis, problem-solving questions, research essays and oral presentations

    Feedback

    Module Convenors and Supervisory teams will offer feedback on results gained and draft research work at regular intervals throughout the period of registration on the degree.

    Facilities

    Shared office accommodation with computing facilities.
    http://law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/about/facilities/

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    A 2.1 Honours degree or above, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

    International Students

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

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.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.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £7,640
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £8,400
    Other (non-UK) EU £7,640
    International £17,200

    Tuition fees for students from Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and the EU have not been set for 2020-21. The tuition fees for 2019-20 was £4,327. This normally increases by inflation annually and will be set in January 2020. The international fee quoted above is for the academic year 2020-21.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Law (Juris Doctor) costs

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

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other 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. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. 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, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

    How do I fund my study?

    PhD Funded Opportunities

    Find PhD funding opportunities and studentships by subject area.
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    Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

    Queen's has seven outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and more importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.
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    New UK PhD loans

    The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2019. Loans will be offered to English-resident students to study all types of doctorate at universities across the UK.
    Find out more >

    International Scholarships

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

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Find a supervisor

    If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

    To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

    www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/Postgraduate-research/find-phd-supervisor

    You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.


    Download a prospectus