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Critical thinking is pivotal to our LLB programme with every module focused on developing this crucial skill. Your viewpoint is important – it is in exploring the different opinions that you have, that the world can change, improvements can be made and reform can be fostered.  We help you to become more confident with your critical thinking process, with your ability to see the world differently because we believe that in seeing the world differently, you are able to change the world regardless of which profession (legal/non-legal) ultimately proves attractive to you.

Focus on Skills

In an ever-changing, increasingly globalised society, the pressure to compete in this more cosmopolitan jobs market has shaped how we think about our degrees and the students who are taking them.  As such, an LLB from QUB prepares students for both the legal and the non-legal job market due to the suite of skills that they develop throughout their time here. 

Communication skills as broadly conceived are enhanced through the reading, writing and speaking requirements of the degree.  Oral reasoning skills in particular evolve through class participations, oral examinations and moots (a type of legal debating!) while much focus is placed on attention to detail.  This prepares the future lawyer for sourcing that exact detail from a particular case; and the future professional in a non-legal career to read through huge amounts of material and data and identify the pertinent information for their particular project.  This in turn develops their organizational skills, an asset to any profession!


The Single Honours Law degree requires students to complete 18 modules, normally over three years of study.

Students take 6 modules in each academic year – with 3 modules taken in Semester 1 and 3 modules taken in Semester 2. First and second year modules are all compulsory. In Third Year there is a compulsory year-long dissertation module. In addition to this students select four optional modules. In considering which optional modules to take, students who wish to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for entrance to the legal profession, must take specific modules.

Year 1


  • European Constitutional Law
  • European Internal Market Law
  • Constitutional Law in Context
  • Rights and Accountability
  • Legal Methods and Skills
  • Criminal Law

Year 2

  • Contract Law
  • Equity
  • Introduction to the Law of Torts
  • Contemporary Issues in Property Law
  • Contemporary Issues in the Law of Obligations
  • Land Law




Year 3


4 Optional Modules selected from this list:

  • Business and Human Rights
  • Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Competition Law
  • Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights
  • Criminal Liability
  • Criminology: Theory and Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Financial Services Law
  • Gender, Justice and Society
  • Global Business Law and Regulation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Criminal and Transitional Justice
  • Legal Theory
  • Public International Law
  • Regulating Commercial Sex
  • Research Project A/B
  • Sentencing
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Law & Psychology

* Please note this is not an exclusive list of the optional modules available. Optional modules are reviewed each year and subject to staff availability.

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