We have worked hard at establishing a premier JD programme (and the only one in the UK, Europe, and Ireland) with the aim of recruiting outstanding candidates. Our aim is to produce graduates who are adept not just at the practical side of legal work but also well versed in advanced and original research. We do not require a LSAT; however, do invite applicants to submit a personal statement outlining work experience, volunteering experience, and also current interests in law.
Our current JD students have already enjoyed a number of opportunities including internships at Stephenson Harwood (in their Singapore office), mini-pupillages with UK barristers, and participation in the School of Law’s London firm tour (which involves top firms). We are also in the process of formalising an internship route with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. On the study abroad front, we facilitate participation in European summer schools (sending a JD student to EBS this past summer) and have recently formalised a new exchange programme with UBC.
For Queen’s ‘unique selling point’, while there is much I can say about QUB and Belfast in general, our JD programme in Queen’s University, Belfast is comparable to the type of education you would receive at a Canadian or American law school. In addition, if studying on a Tier 4 student visa, you will be eligible to stay in the UK for one year after graduation on the UKBA Doctoral Extension scheme.
Our JD programme is unique and I would be delighted to answer your questions in relation to the JD programme in particular and life, in general, about studying in Belfast with us. For your convenience, I have included our School website link including our new and exciting video for the JD programme which also outlines the course structure http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/Study/JurisDoctor/. Applicants should normally have a 2.1 Honours degree (GPA 3.0/4.0) or above. Applications can be made via the online direct application portal at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php
Students may find that they need assistance or guidance with some aspects of the programme, as the JD Administrator will be very happy to offer you a personalised assistance, from guiding you to certain websites such as applying for campus accommodation, general everyday activities, and if you feel energetic, by joining our new state-of-the-art, Queen’s Sport http://www.queenssport.com/sites/QueensSport/Facilities/. Within the University, The McClay Library is our flagship building and I’ve included a website link for students to view the excellent state of the art facilities we have available http://www.qub.ac.uk/imagebank/?search_string=mcclay library&p=3. On the approach to examination periods, the Library is open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Each year, the International Office offers generous international scholarships (in 2016/17 year – £2,500) on tuition costs in Year 1. No separate scholarship application form is required and I would encourage students to make an application for the programme as early as possible to be considered of scholarships. There will be JD merit-based competitions for further discounts in Years 2 and 3. Our latest JD video can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/qublaw/review/152405975/d029dd255d.
As mentioned earlier, this JD programme is unique in the UK and Ireland and offers students an opportunity to study at a top UK Law School – Top 20 in the UK (The Complete University Guide, 2014), 11th in the UK for Law (The Guardian University Guide 2015) and Top 1% in the World (QS World Rankings 2013). We have excellent on-site facilities and offer study abroad opportunities with international study partners to broaden their international experience. The 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.
In addition, I’ve also included a really useful website link to the video for Belfast: Student City http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens/LifeinBelfast/ (scroll down to halfway down page!). Information regarding Student accommodation can be accessed via http://www.stayatqueens.com/ and applications are now open. Key dates can be viewed at http://www.stayatqueens.com/sites/StayAtQueens/ApplyforAccommodation/KeyDates/
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