Queen’s is a world-class, red-brick university situated in Belfast, the regional capital of Northern Ireland. Founded in 1845, it is the ninth oldest university in the UK, is ranked in the top 140 in the world for graduate prospects (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020)  and is in the top ten most beautiful universities in the UK. (Times Higher Education ‘THE’ World University Rankings 2018).

The Law School

The Law School at Queen's is ranked as one of the top Schools in the UK and Ireland. Teaching quality within the School was judged to be 'excellent' and our research was awarded a 5B (excellent) by the UK Higher Education Funding Bodies. There are over 800 undergraduate students enrolled in the School, 190 postgraduates, 70 PhD students and almost 50 members of academic staff. You will be taught by scholars from all over the world, many of whom have international reputations in their fields and all are committed teachers and researchers. Students will also have access to an excellent law section in the library and extensive IT facilities.

Law has been taught at Queen’s University, Belfast for over 150 years.  We are very proud of this heritage – which is reflected in the rankings the School has consistently enjoyed.  The School is widely acknowledged as a leading centre of legal scholarship and research in the UK and Ireland with particular strengths in commercial law, corporate governance, environmental law, human rights, criminology and criminal justice, public law as well as common law.  Our research continues to influence debate on regional, national and international issues.

The School is situated in the heart of a beautiful campus located just 15 minutes walk from Belfast City Centre in Northern Ireland. The Law School recently moved into a new $35 million building providing first class facilities including a court room and recording studio.  

The School operates a proactive system of student support. Advisers of Studies are allocated to each degree programme tasked to guide and support you throughout your time with us, together with the School's experienced and helpful administrative staff. In addition, students are allocated a Personal Tutor for their time in the School. We place considerable emphasis on facilitating good communication between staff and students.

At Queen’s extracurricular activities are an important part of the student experience. Our students consistently achieve both national and international recognition in their endeavours. We have some of the best mooters in the country with an established track record of winning national awards. As well as mooting, we have a successful Alternative Dispute Resolution Society that is popular with our Canadian students. 

At Queen’s, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.


Over the past ten years, the University has invested significantly to provide world-class facilities for its students and staff. 

This has included the development of a state-of-the-art Graduate School, which is home to a thriving postgraduate community; the award-winning McClay Library; Computer Science Building; School of Law; and the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine. The University has also invested in sporting facilities, new purpose-built student accommodation in Belfast City Centre with single occupancy rooms and has just announced plans for the development of a world-class Student Centre.

Northern Ireland: A Unique Location

The University is situated in Belfast, a modern capital city, known for its welcome, accessibility and affordability. Described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination’, Belfast is more affordable than every other major student city in the UK and Northern Ireland has been named the safest region in the UK. It is a thriving European capital with a unique cultural identity. 

Named the ‘happiest place in the UK (Office of National Statistics 2016), it has a buzzing arts and social scene, historic pubs, big-brand shopping and a friendly, welcoming populace. Belfast is a compact city that is really easy to get around on foot. It's also easy to travel to other European cities from Belfast. Cross-border train services run from Belfast to Dublin and back up to 13 times daily, and all major UK cities are within an hour's flying time.  

Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University, 2018) and the lowest student rent (Natwest Student Living Index 2019), making it one of the most affordable cities in the United Kingdom to live. Queen’s students ranked it 1st out of 44 UK universities for satisfaction with cost of living (International Student Barometer, 2018).

When it comes to business, Belfast has had $3 billion of inward investment in the last decade. It is home to two-thirds of Northern Ireland’s largest 50 companies and is the number one global destination for financial technology R&D investments.

If you would like to find out more about Queen's University Belfast, please contact one of our Canada Law from Abroad Advisors.


Date of establishment: 1845

Student population: about 24,000

Number of international students: Queen’s currently has over 3,000 international students from more than 100 different countries 

Location: Queen’s University’s historic campus is an urban setting just a 15-minute walk from Belfast’s vibrant city centre. Situated within three designated conservation areas, walking or cycling around the area is a pleasant experience. Numerous shops, cafes and restaurants are nearby, as are Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, the Lyric Theatre, and Queen’s Physical Education Centre.  

City population: 300,000

Closest airports: George Best Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport

Notable alumni:

  • Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize for Literature, 1995
  • Mary McAleese, President of Ireland, 1997-2011
  • Professor James Francis Pantridge, Inventor of the portable heart defibrillator
  • Liam Neeson OBE, Actor
  • Stephen Rea, Actor
  • Peter Rice, Designer and engineer
  • John Stewart Bell, Influential 20th-century scientist
  • Anita Sands, Director of Symantec
  • Tan Sri Datuk Rafiah Salim, Director of NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women
Lauren K.
3-year LLB, Queen's University Belfast

As a Canadian, who had just completed a degree in Politics and Sociology, some wondered why I chose the LLB Single Honours degree program at Queen’s University Belfast but the choice was easy. I knew that I wanted to study law and to practice,… Read more

Maria P.
2 Year LLB, Queen's University Belfast

I completed my first year in the JD program on a very high note because of the incredible opportunities available at Queen’s and the support of the key staff members at the School of Law. On the academic side, I was awarded one of the Top… Read more

Lawrence D.
2 Year LLB, Queen's University Belfast

Looking back on the past year, I am genuinely amazed at the amount of opportunities and experiences that I have had thanks to the Juris Doctor programs at Queen's. 

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