Northern Irish Legal Education After Brexit

Mark L. Flear, Daithi Mac Sithigh

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In this article we argue that the impact of Brexit on the law schools in Northern Ireland is tied to the ‘unique circumstances’ of legal education in this part of the world. Legal education in Northern Ireland is likely to develop to become even more distinctive than that in other parts of the UK. Although there are two distinct jurisdictions on the island, they are deeply entangled by shared history and geographical proximity that make cross-border practice a daily reality. These circumstances seem likely to drive the trajectory of the development of legal education in Northern Ireland. Indeed, EU law is likely to remain a component of the Northern Irish QLD. The potential for the development of law specific to Northern Ireland under backstop arrangements is another significant driver for the future orientation of legal education in this jurisdiction. Legal education in Northern Ireland is, therefore, likely to become noticeably more ‘European’ than that in other parts of the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-159
Number of pages12
JournalThe Law Teacher
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2019


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