The Magee Law Programme is designed to fulfil your academic and professional aspirations.
Study Law with Irish at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
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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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. The completion of the 'jurisprudence module' by single honours students would enable them to apply for professional legal education in the Republic of Ireland. 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.
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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.
- September 2016
- August 2017
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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The A Level requirement for this course is BBB.
Overall BTEC award profile is DDM (to include 9 Distinctions).
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Irish Leaving Certificate
Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile BBBBB.
The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is AABCC.
Scottish Advanced Highers
The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB.
Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 26 points (13 at higher level).
Access to Higher Education (HE)
Overall Access Profile 70%.
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.
Teaching and learning assessment
The principal teaching methods are lecture, seminar and independent learning. Typically, a 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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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.
Recognised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland (LSNI) for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.
The qualifying law degree is recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for the purposes of satisfying the academic stage of training.
Accredited by the Bar Standards Board for the purpose of a Qualifying Law Degree.
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
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 and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. 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.
T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5434
Course Director: John Thompson
T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5551