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MLaw - Masters in Law

Course Description

A pathway to professional legal practice and many other career goals
• The Masters in Law is a full-time 2-year graduate-entry programme designed for graduates in a discipline other than Law.
• The MLaw delivers a Qualifying Law Degree for entry to vocational training in England & Wales and Northern Ireland.
• The degree offers the highest quality of teaching, delivered through intensive small-group weekly seminars.
• The MLaw is designed for UK non-law graduates, and for law and non-law graduates from other countries who wish to acquire a thorough grounding in Law.
• The specially devised curriculum builds on the fact that students have already benefited from a university level education by enabling them to acquire a qualifying law degree in 2 years, rather than the three years it would normally take to obtain an LLB.

The Masters in Law is an accelerated, fast-track, two year, full-time senior status postgraduate degree in law.

The Masters in Law (MLaw) is designed for graduates in a discipline other than Law who wish to obtain a Law degree for professional practice or in aid of other career goals.

The degree offers the highest quality of teaching, delivered by weekly intensive 2 hour seminars.

Particular emphasis is placed on seminar teaching, dedicated to the needs and aspirations of Masters students.

The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Year 1 modules

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

Year 2 modules

Contract Law
Land Law
Contemporary Issues in Property Law

Visit the MLaw - Masters in Law page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kate Blomfield

658.jpg The School of Law congratulates Kate Blomfield, a graduate from our LLM programmes in 2009.

Kate joined Ratcliff & Associates Law Firm in 2003 after completing her LL.B at the University of Victoria and clerking with the Nunavut Court of Justice. Prior to and during Law School she worked on Aboriginal rights issues in Canada and Australia. As an associate at Ratcliff, Kate has appeared in BC Provincial Court, BC Supreme Court and in the Federal Court of Canada and has assisted with matters before the BC Court of Appeal.

Kate returned to Canada after her graduation in Belfast to learn that her firm had successfully defended the rights of the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples to commercially harvest and sell fish catch within their ancient territorial waters.

On November 3rd 2009, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that the Nuu-chah-nulth peoples (located on the west coast of Vancouver Island) have the right to commercially harvest and sell all species of fish within their traditional territorial waters. “Today, this decision confirms what we’ve known all along,” said Cliff Atleo Sr., president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. “We have been stewards of our ocean resources for hundreds of generations. And the government of Canada was wrong to push us aside in their attempts to prohibit our access to the sea resources our people depend upon.”

Aboriginal groups are celebrating the major legal victory in Ahousaht Indian Band and Nation v. Canada (Attorney-General). The case was filed in 2003 after years of treaty negotiations with the federal government and the province broke down under the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC) process. The victory comes after more than a decade of legal preparations and 123 days in court. Madame Justice Nicole Garson wrote in her judgment: “At contact, the Nuu-chah-nulth were overwhelmingly a fishing people. They depended almost entirely on their harvest of the resources of the ocean and rivers to sustain themselves.” She pointed out that the Nuu-chah-nulth people were able to prove a long history of trading and selling fisheries resources since first contact with European explorers (Spanish explorer Juan Perez reached Nootka Sound in 1774).


Entry Requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree (65% or above) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a discipline other than Law. Exemption may be considered for those who: - hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University)OR- hold a 2.1 Honours degree (below 65%) or a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) with 2 years' relevant professional experienceLanguage requirements Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course Fees

2016-17 UK/EU - £6700; International - £14100

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