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About the School of Law

We offer a broad range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students can either study a single honours law degree, or law alongside another subject. All our undergraduate degrees are 'Qualifying Law Degrees' for the purposes of eventual professional qualification in England and Wales, as well as in Northern Ireland.

Shaping your Future

Ulster University provides an inspiring, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment for students of law at the undergraduate, post-graduate and CPD level. Research emerging from the School of Law is both pioneering and world-leading, with results from the UK National Exercise (REF) assessing our research as 4th overall in the UK, eclipsing the results of larger and more established law schools.

The School of Law in the National Student Survey results 2017 had an overall satisfaction of 96%, way above the national average, and in the Guardian University League Tables for 2018 Law at Ulster ranks in the top 20 UK Law Schools.

The School of Law prides itself on maintaining strong links to practice and delivering teaching that is relevant, fresh-thinking and dynamic, so as to provide you with a solid preparation for your future career.

Undergraduate

An Undergraduate degree at the School of Law will provide you with guaranteed entry to a place for professional legal studies at the University of Law in England (2:2 or above grade) as well as competitive entry to professional legal study in Northern Ireland.

Our approach to teaching is designed to link classroom study to real life legal situations through problem-based learning. Emphasis is placed on ensuring you develop living knowledge: the skills and experience you will need in order to succeed in your chosen career. Internships opportunities complement teaching and enhance employability by providing you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge in the real world and gain relevant professional experience. Teaching is delivered in a supportive and nurturing environment, underpinned by a comprehensive University-wide student support system and student mentoring system, which assists students in the transition from school to university.

Accessibility and equality is important to us. We want to ensure that entry to study law is based on ability rather than affordability. That’s why our Undergraduate fees are competitively low (under £4,000 pounds a year for those born in Northern Ireland and around £6,000 for England, Scotland and Wales). You may also be eligible for Financial support by way of Bursaries and Scholarships.

Postgraduate and CPD

Our Postgraduate and CPD courses offer you the opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge in a range of specific sub-fields, including: Commercial Law, Media Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Human Rights Law and Legal Technology.

Taught by leading experts in the field, our Postgraduate and CPD courses are at the forefront of legal education and Ulster University is proud to be home to a number of leading research and teaching initiatives. Courses provided by the internationally renowned Transitional Justice Institute provide students with an opportunity to undertake multidisciplinary research and learning in the field of transitional justice. The Ulster University Law Clinic provides the UK's only LLM in Clinical Legal Education, is pioneering access to justice research and scholarship. Whilst the Legal Innovation Centre (a collaboration between the School of Law and the Department of Computer Science) is the only UK centre dedicated to the study of innovation and technology in law. You may be eligible to receive financial support, from the University or partner organisations.

Browse our courses

  1. Undergraduate courses
  2. Postgraduate courses
  3. Short courses

Opportunities for students

Your time at Ulster University Law School will give you many opportunities to develop broad, transferable skills alongside specific legal ones.

As well as being enjoyable and intrinsically rewarding, these are also valuable opportunities for Professional Development and provide evidence for material to include in CVs, job applications and the Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR), the new style transcript for all graduates.

You can also gain credit towards the Ulster EDGE award.

The HEAR and EDGE award aim to help you to develop a tailor-made portfolio of personal, professional and  academic achievements.

These opportunities include:

  • student representatives and student law societies
  • mooting
  • law awards
  • placement opportunities
  • and keeping in touch after graduation

You may also want to take up one of our exciting opportunities to study abroad!

Student Representatives and Student Law Societies

As a student, you can have your say in and about the running of the Law School and the University, as a student representative on the School’s Staff Student Consultative Committee or by getting involved in the Students’ Union.
Why not also join (or even better, help to run!) a student law society?

The Jordanstown students have a Law Society page, while the Magee students have a facebook page.

Mooting and competitions

Ulster University law students are encouraged to participate in internal and external mooting competitions, with the help and guidance of staff members. Mooting is also incorporated in several modules throughout the undergraduate degree.

These are intense and demanding events but highly rewarding, giving students a real insight into styles of legal argument that help them to appreciate the role of law in society, including its limitations and deficiencies.

Find out more about mooting