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The award
LLB

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Common & Civil Law with French at Queen's University Belfast

This is a fully integrated programme between Law and French. You will focus on the sources of French law, the practice of justice in France, and topical issues with legal/judicial ramifications, whilst also obtaining a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The year abroad is a unique opportunity for linguistic development by immersion in Francophone culture. In a globalised workforce, proficiency in an additional language, together with the experience of studying abroad, significantly enhances your employability.

Common & Civil Law with French Degree highlights

Law at QUB is ranked 9th in the UK in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2017.

Global Opportunities

  • Students spend an academic year studying French at a university in France or Belgium. This significantly enhances the employability of students and the global opportunities open to them.

Professional Accreditations

  • All of the undergraduate Law degrees offered at Queen's are recognised qualifying law degrees, which means that they are accredited by legal professional bodies in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. This means that the degree covers those subjects that are regarded as pre-requisites for professional legal studies.

Industry Links

  • Law students have the unique opportunity of working with industry leaders through commercial awareness events and other negotiation exercises that offer insight into the legal practice (and services) world but also providing an enhanced skills development experience.
  • Our students benefit from the Law School at Queen's having a well-established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies and top international law firms.

Career Development

  • Past students have gained work placement with organisations such as the Council of the EU, European Commission, European Parliament, United Nations (UN), Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Council of Europe, and Thomson Reuters.

World Class Facilities

  • The new Law school at QUB offers students access to world class facilities such as a fully interactive moot court room, various seminar rooms and a wellbeing room. Queen's has an excellent library with an outstanding range of resources in French and Francophone cultures. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Law at Queen's is taught by world leading experts in the area of Law including Human Rights, Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies. Our staff have close research links with the professions, government and Civil Society. Research in Law was ranked 15th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (2014).French at Queen's is taught by world-leading experts in French and Francophone Culture, with particular expertise in visual culture, linguistics, popular culture, medical humanities and postcolonial writing. Research in Languages at Queen's was ranked 3rd in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment (REF 2014).

Student Experience

  • Students can join a number of student led initiatives within the school including the Law Society, the ADR society and the Street Law Project. Other initiatives include the QUB Student Law Journal and the Mooting society. Students run a lively French Society, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
 'Since starting Queen's in September 2015, I haven't regretted my choice of degree once. I love the variety that comes with studying Law alongside a language - variety in people I meet, in styles of teaching, and variety in assessment. The year abroad sets this pathway apart and for me, it was the decisive factor in deciding to study this course."
Matthew Carson, LLB Law with Language Student

Careers

Career Prospects

Introduction
Studying Law with French at Queen's will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Law.
http://www.prospects.ac.uk

Employment after the Course
Although a large percentage of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Law, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:

Management Consultancy: £20,000 - £30,000
Corporate Banking: £20,000
Purchasing Officer: £21,000
Fast Stream Civil Service: £24,500
Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: Up to £25,000
Export Marketing
Advertising
Finance
Law Enforcement and Public Prosecution
Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 UK Graduate Recruiters/ AGR Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)

Employment Links
Placement Employers
Our past students have also gained work placements with organisations such as:
The Council of the EU
The European Commission
The European Parliament
The United Nations (UN)
The Council of Europe
Thomson Reuters
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Graduate Employers include: A& L Goodbody, Allen & Overy, Baker and McKenzie, CitiGroup, Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, PWC, Wilson Nesbitt, Herbert Smith Freehills.

Other Employer Links
Top international law firms, including the 'Magic Circle' law firms, i.e. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter & May, and many more.

Alumni Success
Graduate Careers and Achievements: Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures.

Orla Chennaoui, a LLB Common and Civil Law with French graduate, is now a Sky Sports Reporter. Orla has described how the skills she learnt during her Law degree have been invaluable to her career in Journalism, particularly the ability to read through large amounts of information and filter out the key points and facts.
https://vimeo.com/94546206

What employers say

"Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to have a strong Queen's alumni network in both our Belfast and London offices - in fact, 55% of our current Belfast team are Queen's law graduates. We have found them to be ambitious and diligent members of our team...The School of Law has a reputation for excellence and innovative teaching and we are delighted to be able to connect with its students."
Lisa McLaughlin, Herbert Smith Freehills

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards

A wide range of prizes and scholarships are awarded to top performing students. A number of these are sponsored by leading law firms and organisations.

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee rates for undergraduate students who first enrol at the University in the academic year 2018-19 have not been agreed. Tuition fees for 2019-20 will be based on 2018-19 levels, normally increased by inflation and these are set out below.

Northern Ireland (NI)£4,160
England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£9,250
Other (non-UK) EU£4,160
International£15,550

Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student's tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Common & Civil Law with French costs

Students undertaking the Law with French programme spend year 3 at a French speaking university, this year abroad is a compulsory part of the degree programme. Students who undertake a period of study or work abroad, are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students should be aware that placement and internship modules do not normally involve payment or financial support from either Queen's or the placement/internship provider.If the placement is undertaken under the European Erasmus programme, students are normally eligible to receive a top-up grant to contribute towards these costs of approximately €300 per month. A limited number of Erasmus grants are available. 

How do I fund my study?

There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/.

Scholarships

Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A level requirements
AAA including A-level French grade A

Irish leaving certificate requirements
H2H2H3H3H3H3 including Higher Level grade H2 in French

Access/Foundation Course
Not normally considered as Access Courses would not satisfy language requirements.

Selection Criteria

In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application.

How we choose our students

Applications are dealt with centrally by the Admissions and Access Service rather than by individual University Schools. Once your on-line form has been processed by UCAS and forwarded to Queen's, an acknowledgement is normally sent within two weeks of its receipt at the University.

Selection is on the basis of the information provided on your UCAS form, which is considered by the Selector for that particular subject or degree programme along with a member of administrative staff from the Admissions Service. Decisions are made on an ongoing basis and will be notified to you via UCAS.

Demand for places differs from course to course and for Law, past performance at GCSE and / or AS level is taken into account when deciding whether or not to make conditional offers. For last year's entry, we started making offers to applicants with 2A and 4B grades at GCSE or ABB at AS-level, however at the end of the application cycle, the final threshold was a minimum average of 5B grades with 1A grade in profile at GCSE or average BBB at AS-level. Please note that this changes from year to year depending on the demand for places. The Selector also checks that any specific entry requirements in terms of GCSE and/or A-level subjects (in this case A-Level French) can be fulfilled. Where applicants do not cash-in AS-level examinations results at the end of year 13 (Year 12 England and Wales), it is helpful if the equivalent grades are given in the personal statement or academic reference, since this will speed up the decision-making process.
GCSE English Language grade C is also required.

Offers are normally made on the basis of 3 A-levels. The offer for repeat applicants is set in terms of 3 A-Levels only and is normally the same as that asked from the first time applicants. Grades may be held from the previous year; however repeat applicants must have obtained a minimum of BBC at A-Level in first attempt.
Applicants offering two A-levels and one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent qualification), or one A-level and a BTEC Diploma/National Diploma (or equivalent qualification) will also be considered. Offers will be made in terms of performance in individual BTEC units rather than the overall BTEC grade(s) awarded. Please note that a maximum of one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate (or equivalent) will be counted as part of an applicant's portfolio of qualifications. The normal GCSE profile will be expected.

Applicants offering other qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate or an Access course, will also be considered, provided that subject specific requirements can be met.
Applicants offering Access/Certificate in Foundation Studies courses will be considered individually on their own merits and for last year the standard was an overall average of 75% in Level 3 modules. Applicants studying the two-year part-time course must achieve a minimum overall average of 60% in year 1 in order to be made an offer. Applicants must also have the appropriate qualification to fulfil the entry requirements for A-Level French.

For applicants offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, please note that performance at Junior Certificate is taken into account and at the end of last year's application cycle, the Junior Cert profile was a minimum of 2A and 4B grades.

The information provided in the personal statement section and the academic reference together with predicted grades are noted however, these are not the final deciding factors as to whether or not a conditional offer can be made. However, they may be reconsidered in a tie break situation in August.

A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking would not normally be considered as part of a three A-level offer and, although they may be excluded where an applicant is taking 4 A-level subjects, the grade achieved could be taken into account if necessary in August/September.
Applicants are not normally asked to attend for interview, though there are some exceptions and specific information is provided with the relevant subject areas.

If you are made an offer then you may be invited to an Open Day, which is usually held in the second semester. This will allow you the opportunity to visit the University and to find out more about the degree programme of your choice and the facilities on offer. It also gives you a flavour of the academic and social life at Queen's.

If you cannot find the information you need here, please contact the University Admissions Service (admissions@qub.ac.uk), giving full details of your qualifications and educational background.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES

INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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