The University of Ulster in Northern Ireland has been offering Law since 1991, and in 2013 the School of Law celebrated the 21st anniversary of its first graduating cohort. Today, Ulster Law School offers on two separate campuses a wide range of programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At postgraduate level taught LLM courses, served by specialist staff, are available in Commercial Law; Gender, Conflict and Human Rights; Human Rights and Transitional Justice; and Clinical Legal Education.
The Jordanstown campus is located in suburban Belfast and is easily accessed by bus and train. The campus has a village feel with a choice of restaurants, banks, coffee shops and the Students’ Union. The campus houses 700 students on-site for those who wish to live there. Belfast is a bustling city with a large student population and numerous cultural centres. As the capital city it is home to Northern Irish political institutions, public sector bodies and many civil society groups.
The Magee campus is located in Derry-Londonderry, about an hour and a half by road from Belfast. Ongoing investment has provided state-of-the-art teaching, research and support facilities on campus as well as a residential village, a new library, a research centre and an arts building. The campus also offers sports facilities and access to many outdoor activities. The city is one of the oldest inhabited places in Ireland and has strong traditions and a wealth of culture. Of interest are its cathedral, the old historic walls, and the rolling landscapes that surround it and the neighbouring country villages.
A degree tailored for international students
The LLM in Commercial Law at the Magee campus is particularly attractive to international students as it has a strong focus on international aspects of commercial law. The programme introduces students to concepts and principles which they can transfer to any organisation they choose to work for. This Masters programme comprises of five compulsory modules and offers a wide range of electives for students to choose from, enabling them to concentrate on corporate responsibility, Internet law, consumer protection or international trade law.
The analytic, research and advocacy skills gained on this programme are highly valued by employers in a number of public and private sectors, both domestically and internationally. The LLM in Commercial Law responds to a strong demand for specialist commercial lawyers in the growing legal employment market.
A prominent research centre
Ulster Law School is also home to the Transitional Justice Institute, an internationally renowned research centre which has developed knowledge on and around transitional justice. The Institute runs two specialist masters programmes with a strong focus on human rights and a number of electives students can choose to specialise in, including gender, equality or minority rights.
These programmes, unique in the UK, are delivered by active researchers from the Institute and give students a real insight into the legal protection of rights in transitional contexts. The Institute’s links to recognised centres like the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Law Centre enable students to take part in internships and strengthen their understanding of transitional law in practice.
Studying at Ulster Law School
Studying at Ulster Law School offers international students a strong network of useful professional connections. The Ulster Law Clinic is an innovative programme to provide free legal advice to the public and offers students on the Clinical Law programme a unique opportunity to develop practical and academic skills. The Ulster University Graduate School for Professional Legal Education is the Law School’s sister school, through which many graduates qualify as solicitors, ensuring them recognised qualifications when they graduate.
Ulster Law School balances vocational training and a vibrant research culture. The School places great emphasis on the intellectual growth of its students and the fostering of excellence in practical academic and legal skills.