Legal Studies - Professional Legal Studies

This programme in Professional Legal Studies has been designed to equip trainee barristers and solicitors for the first three years of practice.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Recognised Law degree* (or non-Law degree plus approved Legal Studies course) together with selection on the basis of performance in competitive admissions test; or recommended and approved students of the Honorable Society of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland; or recommended and approved students of the Law Society of Northern Ireland. * A list of recognised Law degrees is given on the Institute's website.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

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.


1 year FT / 2 years PT.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The Institute caters exclusively for those intending to qualify as barristers or solicitors in Northern Ireland.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

The Director
Institute of Professional Legal Studies
Tel: 9097 5567

Subjects taught

Areas that will be studied include the following:
Practice and Procedure in:
• Accounts
• Administration of Estates (Solicitor)
• Advanced Company Law (Elective)
• Advocacy (Elective)
• Chancery
• Company Law and Partnership
• Conveyancing 1 (Barrister)
• Conveyancing 1 (Solicitor)
• Conveyancing 2 (Solicitor)
• Conveyancing 3 (Solicitor)
• Coronial and Forensic (Elective)
• County Court/Consumer Law
• Criminal Procedure Indictment
• Criminal Procedure Summary
• Enforcement of Judgements (Solicitor)
• Family Law
• Full Trial Programme (Barrister)
• High Court
• Human Rights
• Immigration Law (Elective)
• Insolvency
• Judge Shadowing (Barrister)
• Legal Aid
• Licensing
• PACE in Practice (Elective)
• Practical Evidence (Barrister)
• Practice Issues (Barrister)
• Professional Conduct (Barrister)
• Professional Conduct (Solicitor)
• Public Family Law (Elective)
• Revenue
• Tribunals
• Wills

Skills Training in:
• Advocacy (Barrister)
• Advocacy 2 (Barrister)
• Advocacy 3 (Barrister)
• Advocacy (Solicitor)
• Advocacy/Pleading (Barrister)
• Bar Mondays
• CAB Placement (Barrister)
• Client Care (Barrister) (including interviewing)
• Client Care (Solicitor) (including interviewing)
• Drafting
• Interdisciplinary Training (Barrister)
• Legal Research (Barrister) (including computer-based research)
• Legal Research (Solicitor) (including computer-based research)
• Negotiation (Barrister)
• Negotiation (Solicitor)
• Practice Management (Solicitor)
• Pupillage (Solicitor)


Professional Legal Studies highlights
Career Development
•This award leads to professional qualification for both branches of the legal profession in Northern Ireland.

Assessment method

Written examinations
Subject assessments

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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