Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Canadian Legal Studies

International graduates of a UK-based LLB or JD (Juris Doctor) programme routinely return to their respective countries upon completion of their degree. US graduates have the possibility of qualifying for legal practice through either the New York or California bar, however for Canadian graduates, the trajectory is more complex. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada places additional requirements upon foreign-educated law graduates. Eligibility to sit the bar examinations is dependent upon successful completion of four modules on Canadian law: Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure, and Foundations of Canadian Law (legal ethics is also examined). Queen's University Belfast's new Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma programmes in Canadian Legal Studies seek to assist those interested in pursuing a legal career in Canada prepare for their bar examinations by providing them with the necessary doctrinal foundation.

Entry requirements

Holders of an LLB or a JD, or students currently studying an LLB or postgraduate programme in Law in the UK or Ireland are eligible to apply for the Certificate and Diploma. Please note: applicants should be of good academic standing. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Due to the intensive nature of the programme, the bulk of the module reading to be carried out 2 weeks prior to arrival in Belfast; each module will include six hours of daily teaching time over a 2 week period on campus. Students will take 2 module: Foundations of Canadian law/professional responsibility; Canadian criminal law; or Canadian constitutional law; Canadian administrative law.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include a take home examination; and a response to a complex research essay-style problem.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Full-time - 8 weeks
Full-time - 16 weeks

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