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JD (Juris Doctor)

Course Description

This exciting new programme provides students with a world-class legal education which prepares them for the global and international environment in which they will provide legal advice.

The JD is a first professional doctorate degree required for licensure in the field of law. The programme delivers a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) to graduates from a discipline other than law and provides the necessary professional exemptions to allow holders to apply for the professional stage in England and Wales, North America and elsewhere.

The JD is taught via intensive, small-group teaching, with each student expected to participate fully in each module. Other forms of delivery will occasionally be utilised, including seminar questions prepared in advance of the class, group and independent work in class, and short lectures to aid students’ understanding and knowledge of the subject matter. Students will be taught as a single group and there is a supportive learning environment.

Students take ten compulsory taught modules, and in the final year write a dissertation module and taught modules from the wide selection of existing postgraduate modules on offer in the School.

Students also have the opportunity in Year 3, or to spend a semester of Year 3 studying at another University from a selection of international study abroad partners.

Scholarship opportunities are available from the Law School; for details please contact the School () or visit our website. Tuition for the programme is $19,000 pa (£12,000 pa – subject to current exchange rate).

Visit the JD (Juris Doctor) page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maria Pimentel

I feel that the teaching staff at the School of Law are very responsive in person and by email. They are really approachable in class and they really help us understand the basic principles of law. The cases and concepts that we are studying in contract, tort, property and legal methods this year are very interesting. It is exciting to learn from professors who are experienced practitioners and are leaders in research in their perspective areas of law. I'm enjoying classes in the Graduate School as it’s a very inspiring space to study. Queen's campus in general is quite beautiful.

My fellow classmates are very collegial and supportive of each other in our studies. We also have the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities. I'm a member of the Law Society and was able to attend a career event where we heard about opportunities with Baker McKenzie. I was able to participate in the first ever Belfast Model UN Conference happening at Queen's from November 12 to 14, 2015. Recently, I have also been admitted to participate in the World Universities Comparative Law Project which is facilitated by Allen & Overy in partnership with top universities around the world.

The application process for me started in the Study Abroad Fair I attended in Toronto, Canada where I met Heather Kinning and later Dr. Al Attar. As a mature international student, I found the fair very helpful as well as the interactive presentation session. I was able to gather all the information I needed and email Ms. Kinning and Dr. Al Attar directly as needed. I successfully applied online for the JD Law program and Ms. Kinning was very helpful in communicating deadlines and clarifying the requirements for my student visa, housing application and student induction schedule upon arrival.

My highlights for Belfast so far is experiencing the Belfast Culture night in October. I have also been able to take advantage of the weekend trips organized by Queen's Accommodation. I really enjoyed seeing Giant's Causeway and the Guinness Factory in Dublin. I also really enjoyed the local tours offered by the Student Union and Postgraduate School.

Maria Pimentel
Juris Doctor Candidate, 2018


Entry Requirements

GPA 3.3/4.0 in primary degree other than Law; no LSAT requirement (equivalent recognised qualification of 2.1 Hons degree or above). In addition to the online application, students must submit a sample of work (max 2000 words). Applicants must satisfy the UK Border Agency (UKBA) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes, by providing 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.* taken within the last 2 years.

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