Queen’s University Belfast School of Law

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Queen’s University Belfast School of Law

The School of Law at Queen’s, part of the Russell Group, is a leading UK Law School. It seeks to interact with the wide community of people who have an interest in the study of law locally, nationally, regionally and globally. It provides innovative teaching delivered by world class staff in a beautiful environment.

There are over 700 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 250 postgraduates, 65 PhD students and almost 50 members of academic staff.

The School of Law at Queens seeks to interact with the wide community of people who have an interest in the study of law, whether it be locally, nationally, regionally or globally. We hope that you find what your are looking for in these pages and very much welcome any further queries you may have about any aspect of our work.

‌Law has been studied and taught at Queens since 1845. The years since have seen many changes and challenges for lawyers in Belfast. Legal and political developments have drawn a great deal of interest to law throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as to the distinctive aspects of the Northern Irish legal system. In more recent years the impact of globalisation has led Queens, in common with law schools throughout Europe, to a growing interest in European, international and comparative law.

At undergraduate level we offer degrees in law with languages, and law with politics, as well as the LLB single honours degree. At postgraduate level specialised courses in criminology, governance, international commerce, environmental law and human rights are available. The School is developing joint programmes with other universities in Ireland and the US. Many of our graduates have gone on to prominent careers in the legal profession in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.


Critical thinking is pivotal to our LLB programme with every module focused on developing this crucial skill. Your viewpoint is important – it is in exploring the different opinions that you have, that the world can change, improvements can be made and reform can be fostered.  We help you to become more confident with your critical thinking process, with your ability to see the world differently because we believe that in seeing the world differently, you are able to change the world regardless of which profession (legal/non-legal) ultimately proves attractive to you.

Focus on Skills

In an ever-changing, increasingly globalised society, the pressure to compete in this more cosmopolitan jobs market has shaped how we think about our degrees and the students who are taking them.  As such, an LLB from QUB prepares students for both the legal and the non-legal job market due to the suite of skills that they develop throughout their time here.

Communication skills as broadly conceived are enhanced through the reading, writing and speaking requirements of the degree.  Oral reasoning skills in particular evolve through class participations, oral examinations and moots (a type of legal debating!) while much focus is placed on attention to detail.  This prepares the future lawyer for sourcing that exact detail from a particular case; and the future professional in a non-legal career to read through huge amounts of material and data and identify the pertinent information for their particular project.  This in turn develops their organizational skills, an asset to any profession!


The Single Honours Law degree requires students to complete 18 modules, normally over three years of study.

Students take 6 modules in each academic year – with 3 modules taken in Semester 1 and 3 modules taken in Semester 2. First and second year modules are all compulsory. In Third Year there is a compulsory year-long dissertation module. In addition to this students select four optional modules. In considering which optional modules to take, students who wish to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for entrance to the legal profession, must take specific modules.

Year 1

  • Legal Methods and Skills
  • Constitutional Law in Context
  • European Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Rights and Accountability
  • European Internal Market Law

Year 2

  • Contract
  • Equity
  • Torts
  • Contemporary Issues in Property Law
  • Contemporary Issues in the Law of Obligations
  • Land Law

Year 3

  • Dissertation Module

Optional modules reflect the research areas of our Faculty and these can include;

  • Climate Change Law
  • Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Comparative Property Law
  • Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights
  • Competition Law
  • Courts and Judicial Power
  • Criminal Liability
  • Discrimination and the Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Evidence
  • Globalisation, Development and the Security Sector
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Criminal and Transitional Justice
  • International Financial Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law of the Home
  • Legal Theory (also called Jurisprudence)
  • Public International Law
  • Remedies in Private Law
  • Research Project (Dissertation)
  • Reshaping the NI Constitution: The Transition from Conflict to Consensus
  • Roman Law
  • Sentencing
  • Sport and the Law
  • Understanding Human Rights