The LLB (Senior Status) is an accelerated two-year qualifying law degree for Northern Ireland, England and Wales and other jurisdictions.
It is primarily designed for non-law graduates who wish to obtain a qualifying law degree or who have interest in reading law as a second academic degree.
Students will have the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in core legal subjects as well as real-world skills that they will be able to utilise in future employment.
Law Senior Status Degree highlights
Law at QUB is ranked 7th in the UK in Complete University Guide 2019 Law was ranked 8th in the UK for Career Prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2019
- All of the undergraduate Law degrees offered at Queen’s are recognised as qualifying law degrees, which means that they are accredited by legal professional bodies in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. This means that the degree covers those subjects that are regarded as pre-requisites for professional legal studies. The Senior Status degree is particularly popular with Canadians as it allows graduates to qualify with a law degree in only 2 years.
- The Law School at Queen's has a well-established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies and top international law firms that is very beneficial for students.
- Law students have the unique opportunity of working with industry leaders through commercial awareness events and other negotiation exercises that offer insight into the legal practice (and services) world but also providing an enhanced skills development experience.
World Class Facilities
- The new £20m Law School at Queen’s offers students access to world-class facilities such as a fully interactive Moot Court room, various seminar rooms and a Wellbeing room.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Students in the School of Law are taught by world leading experts in the areas of Law, Human Rights, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and Civil Society. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (2014).
- Past students have gained work placement with organisations such as the Council of the EU, European Commission, European Parliament, United Nations (UN), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe, and Thomson Reuters.
- Students can join a number of student-led initiatives within the School including the Law Society, the ADR society and the Street Law Project. Other initiatives include the Queen's Student Law Journal and the Mooting society.
Introduction The degree offers students the opportunity to study the modules required for a Qualifying Law Degree (Legal Methods and Skills, Constitutional Law in Context, European Constitutional Law, European Internal Market Law, Criminal Law, Rights and Accountability, Torts, Contract, Equity, Land Law, Contemporary Issues in Property Law, Evidence).
In addition, students can select an optional module in their final year. This provides the opportunity for students to explore their interests, specialise in a particular area, or simply receive a more rounded sense of what 'law' is. Many of these modules consider law and law-like interactions on a local, national and international level.
Stage 1 • European Constitutional Law
• European Internal Market Law
• Legal Methods and Skills
• Constitutional Law in Context
• Criminal Law
• Rights and Accountability
Stage 2 • Evidence*
• Contemporary Issues in Property Law
• Land Law
*Students may select one optional module from the list below instead of Evidence. Please note this is not an exclusive list of optional modules. Optional modules are subject to staff availability, student numbers and change each academic year.
• Clinical Law
• Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights
• Criminal Liability
• Employment Law
• Environmental Law
• Financial Law
• Gender, Justice and Society
• Intellectual Property Law
• Media and Information Law
• Regulating Commercial Sex
• Research Project B
People teaching you
Queen’s School of Law
Kevin is a Criminal Lecturer in the School of Law. His main research interests lie in socio-legal explorations of the regulation and governance of public space, victims’ rights, and more broadly criminal law and criminal justice. E: email@example.com T: +44 (0)28 9097 3858 www.qub.ac.uk/law
Contact Teaching Times
Large Group Teaching 6 (hours maximum)
hours of lectures
Personal Study 30 (hours maximum)
24-30 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including guided study using handouts, online activities and group study opportunities.
Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial 4 (hours maximum)
3-4 hours tutorials per week
Learning and Teaching
The Law School at Queen's is ranked as one of the top Schools in the UK and Ireland. Teaching quality within the School was judged to be 'excellent' and our research was awarded a 5B (excellent) by the UK Higher Education Funding Bodies. There are over 800 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 190 postgraduates, 70 PhD students and almost 50 members of academic staff. You will be taught by scholars from all over the world, many of whom have international reputations in their fields and all are committed teachers and researchers. Students will also have access to an excellent law section in the new library and extensive IT facilities.
The School operates a proactive system of student support. Advisers of Studies are allocated to each degree programme tasked to guide and support you throughout your time with us, together with the School's experienced and helpful administrative staff. In addition, students are allocated a Personal Tutor for their time in the School. We place considerable emphasis on facilitating good communication between staff and students. To this end, a Staff-Student Consultative Committee, comprised of elected student representatives, the Director of Education, LLB Programme Director and other members of academic staff, meets at regular intervals throughout the academic year. This Committee provides students with a forum in which to raise matters of concern to them and also enables the School to keep students informed about matters affecting the School and wider university.
At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.
On the LLB (Senior Status) programme we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enables our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, life-long learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
- E-Learning technologies
Information associated with lectures and assignments is communicated via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Queen’s Online. A range of e-learning experiences are also embedded in the degree through, for example: interactive group workshops in a flexible learning space; podcasts and interactive web-based learning activities; opportunities to use IT programmes associated with design in project- based work etc.
Provide information about topics as a starting point for further self-directed private study/reading. Lectures also provide opportunities to ask questions, gain some feedback and advice on assessments (normally delivered in large groups to all year group peers).
- Personal Tutor
Undergraduates are allocated a Personal Tutor during their time in the School. Tutors meet with their students on several occasions during the year to support their academic development.
- Self-directed study
This is an essential part of life as a Queen’s Law student when important private reading and research, engagement with e-learning resources, reflection on feedback to date and assignment research and preparation work is carried out.
Significant amounts of teaching are carried out in small groups (typically 10-20 students). These provide an opportunity for students to engage with academic staff who have specialist knowledge of the topic, to ask questions of them and to assess their own progress and understanding with the support of peers. Students should also expect to make presentations and other contributions to these groups.
- Work-Related Study Tour
The School sponsors a Law Study Tour to London which is run annually by the Careers, Employability and Skills Department. Selected students spend a week in London visiting the City’s commercial and corporate law firms. Time is spent taking part in workshops in the various firms and allows students to get an insight into the work undertaken and how these firms operate as well as appreciating what the London firms are looking for in potential employees
Details of assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
- The way in which students are assessed will vary according to the learning objectives of each module. Some modules are assessed solely through project work or written assignments. Others are assessed through a combination of coursework and end of year examinations. Details of how each module is assessed are shown in the Student Handbook which is provided to all students during their first year induction.
As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, personal tutors, advisers of study and your peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
- Summative feedback provided via formal written comments and marks relating to work that students, as individuals or as part of a group, have submitted.
- Formative feedback opportunities such as face-to-face comment. This may include occasions when students make use of the lecturers’ advertised “feedback and guidance hours” to help address a specific query.
- Online or emailed comment.
- General comments or question and answer opportunities at the end of a lecture, seminar or tutorial.
- Pre-submission advice regarding the standards you should aim for and common pitfalls to avoid. In some instances, this may be provided in the form of model answers or exemplars which students can review in their own time.
- Feedback and outcomes from practical classes.
- Comment and guidance provided by staff from specialist support services such as Careers, Employability and Skills or the Learning Development Service.
- Once students have reviewed their feedback, they are encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of their work.
- E-Learning technologies
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.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.
International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Studying for a Law degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Law.
Although a large percentage of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Law, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
Employment after the Course
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures, for example:
Lord (David) Trimble - Former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Member of the House of Lords;
Right Honourable Sir Brian Kerr - Justice of the Supreme Court of UK and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland;
John Larkin QC – Attorney General for Northern Ireland
Mary McAleese – Former President of Ireland;
Lord Eames - Former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland;
Anthony Watson, CBE, Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn;
Ciaran Hinds - Actor;
Kieran Goss - Singer/Songwriter;
Arlene Foster, former First Minister of Northern Ireland;
Emma Little-Pengelly, Member of Parliament for South Belfast;
Stephen Herron, Director of Public Prosecutions;
Sir Charles Declan Morgan, Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland;
Tan Sri Datum Rafiah Salim, first female Vice Chancellor University of Malaya, Malaysia;
David Humphreys MBE, Director of Rugby at Gloucester and former Irish international;
Orla Chennaoui, Sky Sports News Reporter.
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Law Graduates.
Employer Links – Consultations:
The Law School at Queen’s has a long and well established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies, employers etc. This includes, for example, The Law Society of Northern Ireland, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Law Society of Ireland, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and employers from significant legal and other professional firms or organisations (see examples in placements and other employer links below).
Our past students have also gained work placements with organisations such as:
The Council of the EU
The European Commission
The European Parliament
The United Nations (UN)
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
The Council of Europe
Other Employer Links:
Top international law firms, including the “Magic Circle” law firms, i.e. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter & May, and many more.
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.
Fees and Funding
Northern Ireland (NI) £7,400 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250 Other (non-UK) EU * £7,400 International £16,400
Tuition fees for 2020-21 have not been set. Those quoted above are for students commencing study in 2019-20. These will be subject to an increase for students commencing study in 2020-21.
Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.
* The tuition fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities following the agreed transition period are required to pay will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK's exit negotiations. Please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit
Additional course costs
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. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.
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 final year 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.
Law Senior Status costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.
Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.
Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
How and when to Apply
How to Apply
Application for admission to full-time undergraduate and sandwich courses at the University should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.
When to Apply
UCAS will start processing applications for entry in autumn 2020 from 1 September 2019.
Advisory closing date: 15 January 2020 (18:00).
Late applications are, in practice, accepted by UCAS throughout the remainder of the application cycle, but you should understand that they are considered by institutions at their discretion, and there can be no guarantee that they will be given the same full level of consideration as applications received by the advisory closing date.
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses.
The Institution code name for Queen's is QBELF and the institution code is Q75.
Further information on applying to study at Queen's is available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/How-to-apply/
After an offer is made this will be notified to applicants through UCAS. Confirmation will be emailed by the Admissions and Access Service and this communication will also include Terms and Conditions (www.qub.ac.uk/Study/TermsandConditions) which applicants should read carefully in advance of replying to their offer(s) on UCAS Track.
Additional Information for International (non-EU) Students
- Applying through UCAS
Most students make their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for full-time undergraduate degree programmes at Queen's. The UCAS application deadline for international students is 30 June 2019.
- Applying direct
The Direct Applications Portal can be used by international applicants who wish to apply directly to the LLB Law (Senior Status). The Direct Applications Portal can be accessed by clicking here.
- Applying through agents and partners
The University’s in-country representatives can assist you to submit a UCAS application or a direct application. Please consult the Agent List to find an agent in your country who will help you with your application to Queen’s University.
Fees and Funding
- Applying through UCAS