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The Ulster Law School has an excellent reputation for teaching, research, student support and student development.

Summary

The School of Law seeks to achieve excellence in teaching, research and professional development. The School provides a range of LLB courses, all of which are Qualifying Law Degrees (QLDs) for the purposes of the legal professions, as well as a range of postgraduate courses. Students at Ulster have the opportunity to draw upon the expertise of an internationally recognised group of researchers. Law at Ulster was ranked 4th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 82% of publications ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. The REF 2014 results also showcase the real-world impact of legal research at Ulster. In the new 'Research Impact' category, 100% of our work was scored as world-leading.

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About

A total of 18 law modules are studied over the course of five years. These modules include the core law modules needed for Qualifying Law Degree status.

Attendance

Classes will typically take the form of two-hour lectures and one-hour seminars. In addition, students are required to undertake substantial directed independent learning.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

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Year one

Criminal Law

Year: 1

Criminal law is the body of statute and common law that has developed in an attempt to protect society from certain activities that have been deemed socially harmful. The module develops students? knowledge of the criminal law, and essential skills for legal study. Students will test their ability to apply the law to problem scenarios as well as learning to identify and critique problems with the law evaluate arguments for and against change.

Exploring Law

Year: 1

This module introduces basic legal principles and concepts, and enables students to understand the structure and organisation of the legal system in the UK (with a particular emphasis on Northern Ireland). It introduces students to the concepts of reflective and independent learning, and provides them with the necessary information, knowledge and intellectual equipment required for the study of law as a discipline. This module continues the induction process and offers the students an opportunity to obtain information about careers and personal development. Formal assessment on this module is by an online assessment exercise and coursework.

Criminal law

Year: 1

Criminal law provides the ideal vehicle to study both common law and legislation and develop an understanding of the relationship between law in Northern Ireland and the law in England and Wales. Students learn the scope and content of criminal law and understand the need for reform in certain areas through academic commentary and critical discussion and evaluation. In examining the principle and substance of criminal law students also gain the opportunity to develop skills in legal reasoning and analysis.

Public Law

Year: 1

Students by the end of this module should have a good grasp of the constitutional arrangements within the United Kingdom including: institutions of government, key principles underpinning the constitution of the United Kingdom, the arrangements for devolved governance in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the importance of European Union Law as a source of law within the constitution of the United Kingdom, the legal protection of human rights and civil liberties, mechanisms of accountability within constitutional law, especially judicial review, and proposed reforms and debates surrounding such reforms.

Administrative Law in Practice

Year: 1

This module seeks to explore the fundamental legal principles that underpin administrative law in the UK. This module enables students to understand how government operates and how public power is exercised. This module aims to develop students understanding of administrative law in the United Kingdom. It aims to equip students with an understanding of the principles and ideas with which administrative law is concerned and to prepare them to think critically about these issues.

Year two

Introduction to Law

Year: 2

This module covers basic legal principles and concepts, enabling students to understand the United Kingdom?s legal system, its structure and organisation. This module provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to study law. This module continues the induction process and also offers students an opportunity to obtain information about careers and personal development and to observe the legal system in practice, via court visits and events such as guest speakers.

Legal Research Methods

Year: 2

This module provides students with an opportunity to develop basic study and research skills. Students will be introduced to the theory of research and given guidance on the development of practical legal writing and presentation skills. The module gives students the practical opportunities through which these skills can be developed.

Introduction to Property Law

Year: 2

This module provides students with introductory knowledge of property law in both Northern Ireland and England and Wales. Key topics include the concept of property rights in land; nature and history of property rights in Northern Ireland; methods for acquisition of property interests in Northern Ireland and England & Wales; adverse possession in Northern Ireland and England & Wales; leases; licences; etc.

Public Law 1

Year: 2

A thorough knowledge of the constitutional basis is necessary in order to appreciate the powers and responsibilities of government and the limit to its competence. This module examines the constitutional arrangements of the UK, dealing in detail with constitutional matters that affect Northern Ireland, allowing students to appreciate the powers and responsibilities of both central and devolved government and the limit to the competences of each tier of government. The module also explores the history and evolution of the constitutional norms that shape UK legal constitutional discourse. Students are also introduced to the Human Rights Act 1998 and to the theory of, procedure for, and the grounds for judicial review.

Law of Tort

Year: 2

The law of tort plays a central role in the modern legal system, and it is important that anyone engaged in a study of law should have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles of the law of tort. This module will explore those principles in detail and will enable students to apply the principles to practical problems and real-life situations.

Administrative Law

Year: 2

This module seeks to explore the fundamental legal principles that underpin administrative law in the UK. This module enables students to understand how government operates and how public power is exercised. This module aims to develop students understanding of administrative law in the United Kingdom. It aims to equip students with an understanding of the principles and ideas with which administrative law is concerned and to prepare them to think critically about these issues.

Law Politics and Governance

Year: 2

This module focuses attention on the interface between law and the real-world socio-political environment(s) within which it operates. It will allow students to explore and critically engage with the foundations and limits of their own discipline, and think about how law is or is not rising to current social, political and economic challenges.

The module guides students to use problem-based learning to discover and debate how, and by whom, norms and laws are made, policed, broken and re-shaped in modern-day nation-state, international, and global contexts. In particular, the module will explore the boundaries and limits of jurisdictionally-rooted law and legal practice in the face of current governance challenges including cyber-reality, international terrorism, social media, and the importation of techniques of social surveillance and control into the criminal justice system.

Law of Tort

Year: 2

The law of tort plays a central role in the modern legal system, and it is important that anyone engaged in a study of law should have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the principles of the law of tort. This module will explore those principles in detail and will enable students to apply the principles to practical problems and real-life situations.

Contract law

Year: 2

The module will provide a basis for acquiring knowledge and understanding and developing analysis of the key concepts, problems and issues in the law of contract. The theories, principles and rules of the law of contract will be explained. The module will address the key features of contract law including, formation of contract, exclusion clauses, vitiating factors, discharge of contract and remedies

Year three

Contract Law

Year: 3

The module will provide a basis for acquiring knowledge and understanding and developing analysis of the key concepts, problems and issues in the law of contract. The theories, principles and rules of the law of contract will be explained. The module will address the key features of contract law including formation of contract, contractual terms, exclusion and limitation clauses, vitiating factors, discharge of contract and remedies.

Land Law

Year: 3

This module provides students with the opportunity to study Land Law (which is considered to be a core subject in the study of law) in respect to both Northern Ireland and England and Wales. The professional bodies require law school graduate entrants to have studied Land Law at Degree Level. This module (together with Introduction to Property Law) satisfies the requirements of the professions in both jurisdictions.

European Law

Year: 3

This module provides an overview of the constitutional principles and legal institutions of the European Union. The module also introduces students to the central areas within the market integration process, namely free movement of goods and persons. After the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon, the impact of EU law has expanded even further than before. This module examines the development of European Law, the institutional structure and processes as well as the relationship between European Law and national law.

Land Law

Year: 3

This module provides students with the opportunity to study Land Law (which is considered to be a core subject in the study of law) in respect to both Northern Ireland and England and Wales. The professional bodies require law school graduate entrants to have studied Land Law at Degree Level. This module (together with Introduction to Property Law) satisfies the requirements of the professions in both jurisdictions.

Introduction to Property Law

Year: 3

This module provides students with an introduction to the core concepts of property law in both Northern Ireland and England and Wales. This module will directly prepare you for further detailed study of property law at level 5 (Land Law) and at level 6 (Equity and Trusts) as well as complementing the study of aspects of Tort, Contract and even Criminal Law. Completion of this module and Land Law (LAW311) in semester 2 year 2 allows you to meet the requirements of the professional bodies (in respect of property law) in both Northern Ireland and England and Wales.

European Law

Year: 3

This module provides an overview of the constitutional principles and legal institutions of the European Union and the development of the European Union from its original inception as the European Community. The importance of law in the development of the European Union as a 'supranational organisation? is examined in the context of concepts such as supremacy and direct effect contributing to enforcement of EU law. The module also introduces students to some central areas within the market integration process as well as contemporary issues such as the legal ramifications of BREXIT.

Jurisprudence

Year: 3

The module provides an introduction to legal theory, including fundamental theoretical perspectives on the relationship between law and morality and their application to contemporary debates. It aims to explore the work of key legal theorists such as Hart, Rawls and Dworkin, with a view to providing students with a solid theoretical background that will enable them to place legal issues in a wider context. In addition, the module will develop the students' powers of reasoning and increase their awareness of the relevance of theoretical issues to practical ones.

Intellectual Property Law

Year: 3

Intellectual property law module will teach students the core principles and concepts of copyright, patents, trade-marks, trade secrets, passing-off, and design rights in the United Kingdom, European Union and selected international jurisdictions for comparative effects. The practical effects and implications of these rights, ranging from recent controversies on digital copyright management and file-sharing to the wider issues on ownership and access rights, will form part of the discourse in lectures and seminars.

Year four

Law of Evidence

Year: 4

The Law of Evidence is key to understanding the judicial system. This module examines the fundamental principles of, and a number of important and controversial issues in, the modern law of evidence. Students will learn to apply the key rules and understand the exercise of judicial discretion on the admission of evidence to court and be encouraged to critique and challenge current rules and practice. The module complements other law modules, particularly criminal law.

Human Rights Law

Year: 4

This module enables students to master the complex area of human rights law. Students will be encouraged to develop an in-depth critical understanding of both the content of human rights law standards and the various means by which it is enforced. Students will come to see both the strengths and weaknesses of human rights law and to appreciate the system of international, regional and national enforcement mechanisms which seek to protect and promote human rights.

Equity and Trusts

Year: 4

This module will explore the history and development of equity and of its maxims, the development of the trust and the various types of trust, its various forms, uses and practical implications today. It will consider how trusts can be varied and set aside, the powers and duties of trustees and the remedies for breach of trust. It will also examine equitable doctrines such as conversion and election and survey the law relating to equitable remedies such as injunctions.

Public International Law

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module will introduce core aspects of international law including the nature of the international system, the role of the United Nations, sources of international law and the role of international organisations. Students will also be introduced to core substantive areas of international law such as the law regarding the use of force, the protection of human rights, and the regulation of armed conflict.

Students will also be asked to consider how international law is relevant in the domestic jurisdiction. They will examine questions such where does the authority of international law derive from? Who interprets the requirements of international law? And what is the limit of its authority? In this way students are encouraged to think of international law as an integral part of law in the domestic jurisdiction and to be able to distinguish the different sources of legal authority that exist.

Jurisprudence

Year: 4

This module is optional

The aim of this module is to develop a theoretical enquiry into the nature, purpose, limits and value of law. More specifically, the aims are to consider a range of legal theories and to ask broad philosophical questions about law and its relation to justice and the concept of ?legitimacy?. The module explores the source of authority of legal rules and encourages students to engage in criticism in relation to certain conceptions of authority.

Business and Commercial Law

Year: 4

This module is optional

Business activities often create conflicts of expectations and interests between those seeking to profit through enterprise and third parties who interact with business organisations. This module enables students to acquire a thorough knowledge of the legal regulation in key areas such as employment and sales law. The module attempts to give students a clear conceptual understanding of the business and commercial law and to equip students to use their knowledge in the solution of common commercial problems.

Public Interest Litigation

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module examines the process of mounting public interest litigation challenges and considers the role played by public interest litigation in the wider democratic process.

Public International Law

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module introduces students to the basic concepts of public international law and the role that it serves in international affairs as well as in the domestic legal order. Public International Law permeates every branch of municipal law and this module will enable students to understand key issues of international law, including its sources, institutions and measures of enforcement.

Employment law

Year: 4

This module is optional

The importance of the employment relationship between employers, employees, unions and other statutory bodies and agencies is such that a thorough knowledge of both the context and the substantive law is necessary for those involved in this area in any capacity. The module attempts to provide the basis for this knowledge and to put students in the position where they may not only have an understanding of the law both conceptually and substantively, but also be in a position to use that knowledge prophylactically and in the solution of problems.

Company Law

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module introduces students to the body of rules and principles of law which regulate public and private companies. It is of practical significance to all those who wish to make a career in, or have dealings with, such companies.

Social Justice

Year: 4

This module is optional

An understanding of the relationship between the state and citizen, and the contractual and moral obligations of each, is the key to understanding the changing nature of the law as it relates to social justice issues. This module explores the way in which the law deals with social justice issues by providing insight into the effects of Government policies, legislation and case law on these issues. The module is centred around the theme of poverty and its relationship with other social justice themes like crime control, social control, conflict, health, and social exclusion, its impact on vulnerable groups and the treatment of those vulnerable groups, and its implications for citizenship and society.

Law, film and visual culture

Year: 4

This module is optional

Law, Film and Visual Culture is a deliberately alternative approach to the traditional study of law, both in terms of the basic materials used to ground an approach to the topics under study, and in the teaching arrangements. It is an attempt to foster a developed spirit and capacity in critical intelligence in relation to the cultural make-up of the social environment and thus aims for wide applicability and to break the notion of law as confined to a specific arena.

Law and the Family

Year: 4

This module is optional

The module explores the ways in which the law regulates the family and deals with issues such as marital breakdown, domestic violence, and child abuse. As well as critically addressing this range of issues, it also provides insights into the forces that shape family law, and render it less of a private area of activity than is sometimes thought. Family law is an area of concern to policy-makers, social scientists and politicians alike, as well as lawyers, and is a subject of continued, heated, debate.

Computer and Internet Law

Year: 4

This module is optional

The use of computer and the internet is integral to the social, educational, cultural and economic dynamics of contemporary society. Governments around the world are cognisant of the central role of the networked computer systems in the society, and have actively made policy aimed at enabling access to the internet and bridging digital divides. There are also laws and legislations in place to combat the increasing scourge of computer related criminal activities, such as computer hacking, theft of digital and intellectual property, unsolicited commercial electronic mail, and illegal download of digital copyright works.

Therefore, the main rationale of the computer and internet law module is to teach students the relevant principles and concepts of law pertaining to the use of computer and the internet in the United Kingdom, the European Union and selected international jurisdictions. While some of these legal concepts are traditional and familiar common law concepts, others are novel and new improvisations especially designed for new regulatory challenges posed by the widespread use of networked computers. These range from unauthorised access and use of computing facilities; computer crimes; property rights in software and data; privacy rights in data; network neutrality; legal status of software: unsolicited commercial electronic mail; access and free speech rights data and network; pornography; to electronic surveillance and monitoring. The aforesaid legal problems will be discussed at lectures and seminar sessions.

Year five

Dissertation

Year: 5

The dissertation is designed to allow the student to integrate key skills and knowledge acquired from the course and to relate these to a specific issue or issues in law. Students are expected to produce a sophisticated, original piece of research and writing on a legal issue. The module will consolidate and build upon the skills which students will have gained in other modules e.g. ITL, Legal Research Methods.

Dissertation - Law

Year: 5

This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent, scholarly research in a chosen area of law.

Law of Evidence

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module will provide students with access to a comprehensive programme of study which will examine fundamental principles of the law of evidence, amd analyse a number of important and controversial issues in the modern law. It will also provide students with an understanding of the operation of evidential rules within the civil and criminal justice systems in a manner which accords with national professional standards.

Transitional Justice

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module explores the real-life dilemmas negotiated in countries emerging from dictatorship and conflict. These include whether legal mechanisms can assist in achieving truth, justice, and/or reconciliation; or whether these goals are sometimes antithetical. The module will enable students to engage with international humanitarian law and human rights law, and in particular. The module also serves as an introduction to concepts and issues that are explored in greater depth in the LLM in Human Rights and Transitional Justice offered at the University of Ulster.

Medical Law

Year: 5

This module is optional

The aim of this module is to examine the law's involvement with medicine and to raise ethical and contextual awareness of selected medical topics.

Surveillance and the Law

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module explores and evaluates the legal framework within which surveillance operates in the United Kingdom. Considering the role of surveillance in society, the relationship between surveillance, privacy rights and fair trial rights is evaluated with specific reference to data protection, interception of communications, directed and intrusive surveillance, official secrecy, the security and intelligence services and recent developments in relation to identity and identity theft.

Media Law

Year: 5

This module is optional

The study of media law requires students to understand basic legal principles in such areas as freedom of speech, intellectual property, contempt of court, defamation, parliamentary privilege and copyright. It also requires the students to acquire certain skills, such as those of instant recall, analysis, argumentation and articulation, and the ability to apply legal principles to practical problems. This module provides the necessary information, knowledge and intellectual equipment to acquire such knowledge and skills.

Land: Rights, Resources and the Environment

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module explores this tension between the conception of land as a bundle of rights and land as a resource for the common good, with a particular focus on environmental concerns. The module will consider: the relationship(s) between land owners/users and the state; fundamentals of environmental law; land, human rights and the environment; planning and the environment; conservation of the natural environment; land as a diminishing resource (flooding and coastal erosion) and trespass/control of access to land.

Street Law

Year: 5

This module is optional

Street Law is a practical, placement based law module to allow students to develop their legal skills outside the classroom, and appreciate law in society. The module is based primarily in schools groups where students work in pairs over an 8 week placement period and ?teach? law to young people, act as a resource for schools and their pupils, and work with schools and young people to develop subject appropriate information sessions. The practical, professional and transferable skills gained from this are unique to this module and provide students with the opportunity to see first hand how law can impact on young people?s attitudes and knowledge, as well as providing students with the academic development necessary for a level 6 module.

Human Rights Law

Year: 5

This module is optional

The module builds on other law modules in terms of examining fundamental principles underlying the legislative process as a whole. Through an indepth analysis of human rights protection at a range of levels, (internationally, regionally and domestically) students will have the opportunity to explore key areas of concern on both a theoretical level and through case studies on a more practical basis.

Law of Armed Conflict

Year: 5

This module is optional

This module examines the role of international humanitarian law in situations of armed conflict and the extent to which it applies to military operations in societies emerging from conflict. International humanitarian law may play a role in mitigating the effects of the use of armed force, for example in regulating the conduct of hostilities and in the protection of civilians; but it also permits high levels of violence provided certain core rules are observed.

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 Subject Committee will consider a range of qualifications, experience and other evidence of ability to complete the course satisfactorily when considering applications for part-time study.

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 or above (or equivalent). The Faculty of Social Sciences will accept Essential Skills Level 2 Communication as equivalent to GCSE English Language.

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 on this course are lecture, seminar and independent learning. The lectures are largely expository but student participation in seminars in the form of question and answer sessions is encouraged. Assessment typically involves sitting an examination or submitting coursework or a combination of the two. Coursework is assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, case studies, presentations, tests and mooting.

Exemptions and transferability

The professional bodies that accredit LLB degrees place restrictions on the extent to which credit can be given for study undertaken on other courses and/or at other institutions. Provided that a candidate has met the standard entrance requirements for the course, consideration will be given (subject to these restrictions) to an application to transfer or for exemption from specific modules. No transfer or exemption is possible at level 6.

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. master's courses such as the LLM, or doctoral studies); 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.

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.

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How to apply Request a prospectus

Applications to our part-time undergraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£5,292.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Prizes are sponsored by some of the foremost law firms in Northern Ireland, leading NGOs and legal publishing houses. The School believes that hard work and talent should be rewarded and, as such, the range of prizes on offer within the Law School provide an excellent means of facilitating student engagement with the legal professions and with community based organisations more broadly.

Additional mandatory costs

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

Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6184

Course Director: Mr John Kennedy

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6304

E: jrg.kennedy@ulster.ac.uk