This is a fully integrated programme between Law and French. You will focus on the sources of French law, the practice of justice in France, and topical issues with legal/judicial ramifications, whilst also obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The year abroad is a unique opportunity for linguistic development by immersion in Francophone culture. In a globalised workforce, proficiency in an additional language, together with the experience of studying abroad, significantly enhances your employability.
Common & Civil Law with French Degree highlights
Law at QUB is ranked 9th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2017.
- Students spend an academic year studying French at a university in France or Belgium. This significantly enhances the employability of students and the global opportunities open to them.
- All of the undergraduate Law degrees offered at Queen's are recognised qualifying law degrees, which means that they are accredited by legal professional bodies in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. This means that the degree covers those subjects that are regarded as pre-requisites for professional legal studies.
- 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.
- Our students benefit from the Law School at Queen's having a well-established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies and top international law firms.
- 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.
World Class Facilities
- The new Law school at QUB offers students access to world class facilities such as a fully interactive moot court room, various seminar rooms and a wellbeing room. Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Law at Queen's is taught by world leading experts in the area of Law including 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).French at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in French and Francophone Culture, with particular expertise in visual culture, linguistics, popular culture, medical humanities and postcolonial writing. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014).
- 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 QUB Student Law Journal and the Mooting society. Students run a lively French Society, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
Matthew Carson, LLB Law with Language Student
Studying Law with French 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.
Employment after the Course
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. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
Management Consultancy: £20,000 - £30,000
Corporate Banking: £20,000
Purchasing Officer: £21,000
Fast Stream Civil Service: £24,500
Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: Up to £25,000
Law Enforcement and Public Prosecution
Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 UK Graduate Recruiters/ AGR Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
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 Council of Europe
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Graduate Employers include: A& L Goodbody, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, CitiGroup, Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, PWC, Wilson Nesbitt, Herbert Smith Freehills.
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.
Graduate Careers and Achievements: Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures.
Orla Chennaoui, a LLB Common and Civil Law with French graduate, is now a Sky Sports Reporter. Orla has described how the skills she learnt during her Law degree have been invaluable to her career in Journalism, particularly the ability to read through large amounts of information and filter out the key points and facts.
What employers say"Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to have a strong Queen's alumni network in both our Belfast and London offices - in fact, 55% of our current Belfast team are Queen's law graduates. We have found them to be ambitious and diligent members of our team...The School of Law has a reputation for excellence and innovative teaching and we are delighted to be able to connect with its students."
Lisa McLaughlin, Herbert Smith Freehills
Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
Prizes and Awards
A wide range of prizes and scholarships are awarded to top performing students. A number of these are sponsored by leading law firms and organisations.
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.