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About School of Law

About the School of Law

Queen’s Law School is one of the top law schools in the UK and Ireland and ranks 17th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2021) and prides itself on a range of world-class class undergraduate and postgraduate education. Law is ranked inside in the top 125 in both QS and THES World University Rankings, and is situated in a £20m new School building, providing excellent facilities for staff and students alike.

Law has been taught at Queen’s since 1845, and the School is widely-acknowledged as one of the leading centres of legal scholarship and research in the UK. It has particular research strengths in public law; constitutional law; corporate governance; commercial law; environmental law; human rights; criminology and criminal justice, as well as common law. 

Our research activities have impacted nationally and internationally through a diverse range of projects ranging from slavery and trafficking, to the Hillsborough disaster, offender reintegration and desistance, and the role of judges in post-conflict settings. Staff have also made valuable contributions to vital public policy discussions in Northern Ireland in areas such as socio-economic rights, reform of criminal justice and policing, and amnesties and truth and prosecution models. Due to the devolved nature of government in Northern Ireland we offer unique opportunities for study and research.

  • Research areas include:
  • Human Rights and public law
  • Law, innovation and technology
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Private and Commercial Law
  • European and Transnational Studies
  • Transitional Justice

Our high standard of teaching, coupled with our modern facilities ensures a first rate student experience. In 2020/21 almost 1300 students were enrolled in the School. We have a particular strength and focus on foundations delivery, with primary law degrees at undergraduate (LLB), masters (MLaw) and taught-doctoral level (JD). These are complemented by a range of LLMs which draw on the research strengths of the School (including a new offering in Law & Tech), and a vibrant PhD cohort.

Our degree programmes include:

Queen’s School of Law offers PhD supervision across the legal field, supporting a range of approaches, from the doctrinal to the sociolegal, comparative, criminological and critical. The location of the School in Belfast gives doctoral students direct contact with the legal profession and judiciary, allowing excellent access in terms of the study of the law and legal practice. The new purpose-built Law School is located alongside the Queen’s Graduate School, allowing students to take advantage of the world-class facilities and support available there.