This programme in Professional Legal Studies has been designed to equip trainee barristers and solicitors for the first three years of practice.

Professional Legal Studies highlights

Career Development

  • This award leads to professional qualification for both branches of the legal profession in Northern Ireland.

Course content

Course Structure

Course Details
Areas that will be studied include the following:

Practice and Procedure in:


Administration of Estates (Solicitor)

Advanced Company Law (Elective)

Advocacy (Elective)


Company Law and Partnership

Conveyancing 1 (Barrister)

Conveyancing 1 (Solicitor)

Conveyancing 2 (Solicitor)

Conveyancing 3 (Solicitor)

Coronial and Forensic (Elective)

County Court/Consumer Law

Criminal Procedure Indictment

Criminal Procedure Summary

Enforcement of Judgements (Solicitor)

Family Law

Full Trial Programme (Barrister)

High Court

Human Rights

Immigration Law (Elective)


Judge Shadowing (Barrister)

Legal Aid



PACE in Practice (Elective)

Practical Evidence (Barrister)

Practice Issues (Barrister)

Professional Conduct (Barrister)

Professional Conduct (Solicitor)

Public Family Law (Elective)



Skills Training in:

Advocacy (Barrister)

Advocacy 2 (Barrister)

Advocacy 3 (Barrister)

Advocacy (Solicitor)

Advocacy/Pleading (Barrister)

Bar Mondays

CAB Placement (Barrister)

Client Care (Barrister) (including interviewing)

Client Care (Solicitor) (including interviewing)


Interdisciplinary Training (Barrister)

Legal Research (Barrister) (including computer-based research)

Legal Research (Solicitor) (including computer-based research)

Negotiation (Barrister)

Negotiation (Solicitor)

Practice Management (Solicitor)

Pupillage (Solicitor)

People teaching you

The Director
Course Director
Email: iplsenquiries@qub.ac.uk

Career Prospects

The Institute caters exclusively for those intending to qualify as barristers or solicitors in Northern Ireland.

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Learning and Teaching


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Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

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Written examinations

Subject assessments

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Recognised Law degree* (or non-Law degree plus approved Legal Studies course) together with selection on the basis of performance in competitive admissions test; or recommended and approved students of the Honorable Society of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland; or recommended and approved students of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. * A list of recognised Law degrees is given on the Institute's website.


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

English Language Requirements

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) TBC
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) TBC
Other (non-UK) EU TBC
International TBC

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

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. 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 £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 programme 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.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

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

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.

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Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.

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