What is a Qualifying Law Degree?

A Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) is an approved programme in which you will study the seven foundation subjects of legal knowledge, as stipulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. These foundation subjects are:

  • Public Law
  • Law of the European Union
  • Criminal Law
  • Obligations (including Contract, Restitution and Tort)
  • Property Law
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • Legal Research

A Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) is considered as the academic stage of legal education. In order to progress to the second stage of vocational training required to become a barrister or solicitor in the UK, you must hold a degree with QLD status.

Qualifying Law Degrees at Bangor University

All Bangor LLB degrees are Qualifying Law Degrees, and are recognised for professional purposes by the Law Society, the Bar Council of England and Wales, and the Law Society of Ireland for professional purposes. Graduates of our LLB programmes will be eligible to apply for professional legal training in Wales, England and Ireland. In addition, five of our LLB degree courses are recognised by the Bar Council of India.

It is important to note that not all Law degrees have QLD status. The BA Business and Law is not suitable for students who have aspirations to practise law professionally, but it will be an extremely useful qualification for those who are aiming for a career in business and management, where a working knowledge of the law is highly valued.

Our Qualifying Law Degrees are:

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You can find out more about Qualifying Law Degrees on the Law Society website.