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The award
LLB

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Law with Politics at Queen's University Belfast

As a joint honours programme, Law with Politics offers students the chance to study for a Qualifying Law Degree whilst also engaging with research in areas such as conflict, co-operation, power and decision making, the result being a highly nuanced degree option. The close relationship with the regional political infrastructure in
Northern Ireland creates a unique environment for students to engage with and respond to political as well as legal developments on a local, regional, national and international level.

Law with Politics Degree highlights

Law at Queen's is ranked 9th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2017.

Global Opportunities

  • There are opportunities to study or work abroad, supported by schemes such as Study USA. This can significantly enhance the employability of students and the global opportunities open to them.

Professional Accreditations

  • 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.

Industry Links

  • Those students more interested in politics orientated placements can avail of some of the opportunities within the Department of Justice, Equality Commission, Police Ombudsman's Office, BBC Northern Ireland and so on.
  • 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.

Career Development

  • 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 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

  • 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).

Student Experience

  • Students can join a number of student led initiatives within the school including the Law Society, the ADR society and theStreet Law Project. Other initiatives include the Queen's Student Law Journal and the Mooting society.
 'Being a student at Queen's is, without doubt, the best decision I have made. The teaching, access to world-class academics and personal relationships you are able to develop with those at the top of their respective fields is unrivalled. The university has immensely aided my career aspirations and given me access to employers that wouldn't be possible anywhere else.'
Cal Girvan, LLB Law with Politics Student (2014-17)

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
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

Typical career destinations of graduates include:
• Trainee Solicitor
• Legal Professional
• Para Legal
• Legal Executive
• Legal Analyst
• Compliance Officer
• Trainee Accountant
• Financial Engineer
• Business Analyst
• Management Trainee
• Audit Associate
• Marketing
• Journalism
• Civil Service
• Local Government
• Politics
http://www.prospects.ac.uk

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 Irish President
• Lord Eames - Former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
• Anthony Watson, CBE, Bencher at Lincoln's Inn
• Zoe Salmon - Former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter
• Sonia Mac - Cool FM radio DJ
• Carolyn Stewart - U105 Presenter
• Wendy Austin - Radio and Television Broadcaster

Employment Links
Graduate Employers include A& L Goodbody, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, CitiGroup, Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, PWC, Wilson Nesbitt, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Other Employer Link:s
Top international law firms, including the 'Magic Circle' law firms, ie Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter & May, and mmany more.

Alumni Success
'I graduated in 2014 with a 2:1 in Law with Politics and then completed a LLM in Business and Human Rights at Queens, graduating with a distinction in 2015. I also had the opportunity of participating in Study USA, where I was based in Houston, Texas from 2012-2013. I'm currently in my first year of a joint Masters in Research and PhD focusing on Business and Human Rights at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. My time at Queen's University gave me a unique insight into how law is created within differrent social contexts, and sparked my passion for human rights which I incorporate into my research today.'
Marisa McVey, LLB Law with Politics Graduate 2014

'After 3 challenging but enjoyable years at Queen's, I graduated with a degree in Law with Politics in 2015. This route allows students to study all of the core law modules, gain a qualifying law degree and take advantage of the career prospects that come with that. The politics aspect of the course gave me a much broader and more interesting education in areas that I am passionate about, such as international relations, comparative politics and political theory. For any potential students who are considering a career in law and have an interest in politics, I would definitely recommend this course.'
Duncan Taylor, LLB Law with Politics Graduate 2015

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLBHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250Other (non-UK) EU£4,160International£15,550

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.

Additional course costs

All Students

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 with Politics 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/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
AAA

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H2H2H3H3H3H3

Access/Foundation Course
Successful completion of Access Course with an average of 75%.

All applicants
There are no specific subject requirements to study Law with Politics.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for Law, past performance at GCSE and / or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year's entry, we started making offers to applicants with 2A and 4B grades at GCSE or ABB at AS-level, however at the end of the application cycle, the final threshold was a minimum average of 5B grades with 1A grade in profile at GCSE or average BBB at AS-level. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the personal statement or academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.
GCSE English Language grade C is also required.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-Levels only and is normally the same as that asked from the first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year; however repeat applicants must have obtained a minimum of BBC at A-Level in first attempt.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as BTEC Extended Diplomas and Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered.

The same GCSE profile is usually expected of those applicants taking a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification or a Higher National Certificate (HNC).
The current entrance requirements for applicants offering a BTEC Extended Diploma are successful completion of the BTEC Extended Diploma (180 credits at Level 3) with 160 credits at Distinction and 20 credits at Merit. For applicants offering a HNC, the current requirements are successful completion of the HNC with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits.
For those offering a Higher National Diploma, some flexibility may be allowed in terms of GCSE profile but, to be eligible for an offer, a minimum of 2 Distinctions and remainder Merits is necessary in the year 1 performance. Applicants must successfully complete the HND with 4 Distinctions and remainder Merits in all units assessed in the final year. Any consideration would be for stage 1 entry only.

Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 75% in Level 3 modules. Applicants studying the two-year part-time course must achieve a minimum overall average of 60% in year 1 in order to be made an offer.

For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account and at the end of last year's application cycle, the Junior Cert profile was a minimum of 2A and 4B grades.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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.

  • Foundation
    The INTO progression course suited to this programme is
    International Foundation in Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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