This course is a unique legal education programme which supplements existing legal service provision by focusing on unmet legal need in the fields of employment law, social security law and family law. There is no other comparable course available in Northern Ireland or the island of Ireland. You will be trained in social security law, employment law, alternative dispute resolution, tribunal representation and family law in preparation for legal drafting and providing advice and advocacy to members of the public in Social Security or Employment Tribunals or to assist clients in family proceedings. This advice and representation will be provided through the Ulster University Law Clinic and/or on placement with the Social Justice Hub or advice sector organisations in semester two and three. The programme also involves students in the development and management roles of the law clinic and further reflects on wider issues of access to justice, ‘equality of arms’, and dispute resolution.
Employment law; social security low and policy; tribunal representation; alternative dispute resolution; litigating in the public administration; clinical legal practice; dissertation.
A mixture of coursework, exams, reflective practice journals and a dissertation.
Applicants must: (a) have gained (i) a second class honours degree or better in law or law related discipline from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or (ii) an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in law or an approved alternative qualification; or (iii) a degree in a relevant discipline with appropriate work/professional experience in the field of access to justice; or (iv) a comparable professional qualification; and (b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent); or, as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b): (c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
Fees and funding
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