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The Magee Law Programme is designed to fulfil your academic and professional aspirations.

Summary

LLB courses are qualifying law degrees for admission into vocational programmes that prepare students for legal practice as solicitors or barristers. The Magee law programme is designed deliver this primary objective.

The University offers a comprehensive range of programmes in Irish in both part-time and full-time mode at a number of centres which serve a diverse constituency of students. The breadth of Irish language provision at Ulster and the practice amongst staff and students of the School of Irish Language and Literature of using Irish as a primary medium of communication reflects the University’s strong commitment to cultural and linguistic diversity within Northern Ireland. The University’s Irish programmes play a vital role in preserving, sustaining and celebrating Ireland’s Gaelic literary and linguistic heritage as well as serving the demands of the Irish language sector within the local and international job market. At a personal level our programmes also fulfil the needs of individuals who wish to acquire the necessary competence to fully participate in the Irish language community as confident and independent users of the language. The BA programme has been designed to reflect the University’s vision of leading in the provision of professional education for professional life. The commitment to support graduates in gaining stimulating and fulfilling employment is one of the School’s primary concerns.

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About this course

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About

The primary aim of the course is to prepare students for the qualifying degrees for vocational or practice training programmes for solicitors and barristers. Students are expected to undertake 9 core law modules in order to satisfy the requirements for qualifying law degrees that are prerequisite for vocational training for legal practice either as solicitors or barristers in Northern Ireland and England & Wales. To apply for professional legal education in the Republic of Ireland, students must also take the Jurisprudence module, which forms part of the single honours programme. Additionally, the course teaches core knowledge for the development of critical skills that range from advocacy, reasoning, negotitation, problems solving and reflective learning.

Taking Irish as a minor will allow you to develop core language skills in our Irish Language and Culture modules while affording you the opportunity to sample a range of genres from the Irish literary tradition in our Irish literature offerings. You will not only acquire communicative skills but you will learn important analytical techniques and the capacity to form coherent arguments in both spoken and written form. A minor in Irish comprises of two from the total of six modules you complete per year (students take three modules in total each semester). These draw on extensive staff expertise and internationally-recognised research. Students of Irish will spend one week per semester in an Irish speaking area.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Each module of study usually involves two hours of lectures plus a one hour seminar each week. In addition, students are required to undertake substantial directed independent learning. Generally, three modules are studied per semester.

Start dates

  • September 2020
  • August 2021
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include Irish.

Applied General Qualifications

*** To note that only qualifications defined as “Applied General” will be accepted for entry onto any undergraduate course at Ulster University.***

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)

Award profile of DDM (to include a minimum of 9 unit Distinctions). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma(2016 Suite)

Award profile of DDM. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3H3H3H3H3 to include Irish.

English Grade H6 (Higher Level) or above, or Grade O4 (Ordinary Level) or above, if not sitting at Higher Level, is required.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 70% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Overall profile of 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course). Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

GCSE

You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language at Grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include 60 level 5 credits at Distinction. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 90 level 4 credits at Distinction. Candidates must fulfill the subject requirement for Irish (A level grade B or equivalent) via other qualifications.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Admissions Office staff on T: +44 (0)28 7167 5678 or E: admissionsmg@ulster.ac.uk

Teaching and learning assessment

The principal teaching methods are lecture, seminar and independent learning. Typically, lecture comprises a two-hour interactive teaching involving oral presentations by the lecturer. The seminar session is typically for one hour, and it involves interactive discussions of answers and solutions to assigned tasks. Additionally, students are expected to carry on independent study in the library and at homes.

Assessment methods range from coursework, written examination, to class presentations. Assessments are moderated and sent to external examiners. Each module handbook contains information on the assessment criteria for the module.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Our graduates have gone on to study law at Postgraduate level both at Ulster and other institutions (e.g. Masters courses such as the LLM, or doctoral studies, PhD); others are now in practice as Solicitors or Barristers, having completed the Certificate in Professional Legal Studies. Others have pursued careers in related areas such as the Business or Finance sector, Human Resources, Politics, and the Community sector.

Employment opportunities in Irish exist in a wide range of areas including education, the media, publishing, government, librarianship and various areas of business.

The employability profile of our students in recent years has been more than impressive, with a disproportional number of our ex-students holding senior positions in Irish language organisations throughout Ireland.

Work placement / study abroad

In the third year of their studies students may elect to undertake a year at a partner institution outside the UKunder the Diploma in International Academic Studies.

Professional recognition

Bar Standards Board

Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.

Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI)

Recognised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI) for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.

Apply

How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Please apply by 15 January.

Start dates

  • September 2020
  • August 2021

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Fees illustrated are based on 19/20 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
Visit our Fees pages for full details of fees

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,275.00

England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:

£9,250.00  Discounts available

International:
£14,060.00  Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Students visit the Gaeltacht for a week in the Autumn and in the Spring each year. The cost of each course is circa £125 to cover travel, accommodation, food, activities, excursions and classes.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5678

E: admissionsmg@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director: Mark Simpson

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5033

E: m.simpson@ulster.ac.uk

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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Law

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