Why Law at Queens?
- Ranking: Law at Queen’s is ranked in the top 150 Law Schools world-wide (QS World University Rankings 2022) and top 10 in the UK for graduate prospects (Times 2022).
- Accreditation: all of the law degree programmes offered at Queen’s are accredited by legal professional bodies in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Global Links: The School of Law at Queen’s is a member of the prestigious Law Schools Global League (LSGL). The LSGL brings together Law Schools that share a commitment not only to the globalisation of Law, but also to integrating global Law in their teaching and research.
- Industry Links: Our 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, as well as providing an enhanced skills development experience.
- We enjoy excellent external relationships with the legal profession, reflected in the Judge-in-Residence programme through which a High Court Judge makes regular contributions to the wider academic life of the School.
- Student Experience: Students can join a number of student-led initiatives within the School including the Student Law Society, the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Society and the Street Law Project. Other initiatives include the Queen’s Student Law Journal, Women in Law, the Mooting Society Global Skills Project and LawPod. Visit here for further details.
We also have a close partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills, who deliver a programme of real-world skills to all students and sponsor the student hub beside the Law School.
In addition, there are a number of global law firms with offices in Belfast, such as Allen and Overy, Eversheds Sutherland, Fieldfisher and Axiom, to name a few.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Law at Queen’s is taught by world leading experts in areas of law that include human rights, private law, and European law. Our staff have close research links with the professions, governmental and non-governmental bodies, and civil society.
The School is internationally well-known for teaching and research across a wide-number of areas. These include
|Criminal Law (Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden; Dr Kevin Brown)||European Law (Professor Dagmar Schiek; Dr Billy Melo Araujo)|
|Medical Law ( Dr Mark Flear)||Private Law (Professors Robin Hickey; Dr Heather Conway)|
|Public Law (Professor Gordon Anthony; Professor Christopher McCrudden)|
Most modules are assessed by coursework and a small number of optional modules are assessed by examinations. The benefits of undertaking coursework include helping you to gain experience and build skills in the subject, improvement in independent learning, and the opportunity to explore the subject in greater depth. It will also better prepare you for the world of work.
Upon arrival, BAC students are given introductory classes on coursework at Queen’s and how to excel whilst undertaking such assessment exercises.
The University offers a network of support services dedicated to helping students get the most from their time at Queen’s, looking after students’ health, emotional wellbeing, education, study needs, financial security and future career. Each student is assigned an Advisor of Studies and a Personal Tutor in the Law School to provide advice and guidance during their time on the course - this includes helping to signpost students to the relevant student support services.
In September 2016 the Law School moved into a new building – a state of the art facility that cost £20 million and which is home to all law school staff and students. The building is located in the heart of the campus next door to the Graduate School and the Peter Froggatt Teaching Centre.
The School contains dedicated facilities such as a Digital Studio and an interactive moot court room that enables students to develop essential communication and presentational skills. These are valuable for future employment, whether in a wide range of legally based careers or other career paths. The installation of high-end technology facilitates knowledge exchange with partner universities across the world, providing opportunities for students to learn from their international peers and to develop important networks for the future.