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RECOGNISED LAW DEGREES FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADMISSION TO THE

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RECOGNISED LAW DEGREES FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADMISSION TO THE

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    QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST

    INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL

    LEGAL STUDIES

    UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

    GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL LEGAL

    EDUCATION

    Admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies of Queen’s University Belfast and the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education of the University of Ulster

    Entry conditions and requirements for admission

     All applicants must:

     1. Hold a recognised degreein law.

    All recognised law degrees, irrespective of the awarding university, are

    treated on an equal basis. A list of recognised law degrees is attached.

    Please note the section at the beginning of that document, showing the

    requirements for a recognised law degree. Any applicant who is

    studying for (or has obtained) a degree not included on this list, or who

    has not met all the requirements for a recognised law degree, should

    contact the Institute before 15 November for advice. Not all law

    degrees which are recognised in England and Wales are recognised in

    Northern Ireland.

    INTENDING BAR STUDENTS: please note that you must hold a

    degree of NOT LESS THAN SECOND-CLASS HONOURS

    STANDARD.

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    All applicants will be required to supply evidence that they have fulfilled

    all the requirements for a recognised law degree.

Admissions Test

    Applicants for admission will be required to sit an Admissions Test and

    may be required to attend for interview. The Admissions Test is held

    once each year, just before Christmas. Applicants who have been

    unsuccessful and who are re-applying for admission must resit the

    Admissions Test.

    Applications are available by an online application form via the

    University of Ulster’s online application system. Applications will be

    open from 1st September 2010 on www.gsple.ulster.ac.uk.

Closing date

     Applications for admission must be made by 15 November in the

    calendar year preceding intended commencement of vocational training,

    i.e. those hoping to commence bar training at the Institute or a

    solicitor’s apprenticeship in any year must apply by 15 November of the

    previous year.

The Institute of Professional Legal Studies

    Queen's University Belfast

    10 Lennoxvale

    BELFAST BT9 5BY

    Lennoxvale is a turning off the city end of the Malone Road ; 028-9097-5567

    Fax 028-9066-1192

    Email: iplsenquiries@qub.ac.uk

    Website: www.qub.ac.uk/ipls

The Graduate School of Professional Legal Education

    Faculty of Social Sciences

    University of Ulster

    Magee Campus

    LONDONDERRY

    BT48 7JL

    ; 028-7137-5222 or

    028-7137-5489

    Fax: 028 7137 5402

    Email ra.russell@ulster.ac.uk

    Website: www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk/gsple/index.html

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    RECOGNISED LAW DEGREES for the purposes of

    admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies of

    Queen’s University Belfast and the Graduate School of

    Professional Legal Education of the University of Ulster

     The degrees appearing on this list are recognised law degrees for the purposes of admission to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies of Queen’s University Belfast and the

    Graduate School of Professional Legal Education of the University of Ulster and

    qualification for the legal profession in Northern Ireland subject to meeting the following requirements:

    (a) that at least two years of the degree must be at degree level;

    (b)(i) that for candidates commencing their law degree after 1 September 2003 a full-time

    degree should normally be completed within one year of the normal period for completion of a particular programme and

     (ii) that a part-time degree should normally be completed within two years of the

    normal period for completion of a particular programme.

     (iii) that for candidates commencing their law degree after 1 September 2009 an external

    or distance learning degree should normally be completed within six years

     (iv) that for candidates commencing their law degree after 1 September 2009 a “graduate entry” external or distance learning degree should normally be completed in a minimum of three years.

    A degree falling outside the periods prescribed at (b) above will only exceptionally be

    recognised by the Council of Legal Education (NI). Exceptional cases should be referred to the Council of Legal Education, with full supporting evidence, to be considered on their merits.

(c) that the following subjects (the “core subjects”) should be included at degree level:

    (i) Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contract, Tort, Land

    Law, Equity, Evidence* and European Law.

    (ii) Candidates who began their law degrees before 1 September

    1996 may substitute Company Law* in the place of European

    Law.

    (iii)For candidates who commenced their law degrees after September 2001 a

    maximum of two core subjects may be taken outside of the law degree.

    (iv) For candidates who commenced their law degrees after September 2006 subjects

    taken as part of the CPE/GDL or equivalent will be regarded as outside the law

    degree even if the awarding university has granted exemptions in respect of

    those subjects.

    (d) that credit for none of the core subjects listed at (c) above has been obtained through

    APEL (accreditation for prior experiential learning).

    (e) that candidates who began their law degrees after September 2006 and whose

    transcripts show that they have not achieved the relevant pass mark in a core

    subject will be required to take and pass an examination of degree standard in that

    subject (eg take and pass a module offered as part of a recognised law degree); in

    accordance with (c)(iii) above a maximum of two core subjects may be taken outside

    the law degree.

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    (f) that for candidates who began their law degrees after September 2006 the

    maximum number of attempts at a core subject examination permitted should

    normally be three.

     Candidates who have had more than three attempts at a core subject examination

    will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances

    should be referred to the Council of Legal Education, with full supporting evidence,

    to be considered on their merits.

     (g) that, in a joint degree, 160 out of 360 credits (for three-year degrees) or 160 out of

    480 credits of the degree (for four-year degrees) must be law subjects.

    * The Institute holds special examinations each year for trainees who have not

    studied Evidence (and/or Company Law if covered by (c) above) as undergraduates.

    Details may be obtained from the Institute.

    N.B. Candidates’ attention is drawn to the fact that whilst a degree may be recognised for the

    purposes of admission , if it does not carry a normal degree classification (ie first class honours, upper second class honours, lower second class honours, third class honours) it may attract a weighting of “0” in the joint’s selection procedures. (Information on the

    selection procedures may be obtained from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and

    from the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education. They can also be found on the Institute’s website: www.qub.ac.uk/ipls and the Graduate School’s website:

    www.gsple.ulster.ac.uk.). However, in the case of senior status or graduate entry degrees, if a candidate can provide a transcript (confirmed by the degree-awarding institution)