Why Study Law in the UK?

By: Brittni Baird

Law is one of Across the Pond’s most popular subjects for Canadian students. Have you thought about studying Law in the UK but you don’t know if it’s a good option? Here are some of the top reasons why you should consider studying Law in the UK:

Shorter Degrees:

The qualifying law degree in the UK is referred to as an LLB, which is equivalent to an LLB or JD degree in Canada. The program normally takes 3 years to complete with 2 years of compulsory modules and 1 year of electives. However, many universities offer a 2 year LLB program for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree; this program includes all compulsory modules but no electives. This means, if you already have an undergraduate degree you could have your law degree in as little as two years!

More Options:

Since the UK is home to many more universities than Canada, there are a wider range of options to choose from. You can study in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Since we work with a wide range of universities, the entry requirements vary. Generally speaking, they are much for less competitive than they are in Canada.

Simple Application Process:

Applying to UK universities is fairly straightforward and much more inexpensive than applying in Canada. Applications for law schools in the UK are on one centralized application called UCAS – meaning you only need to submit one application! You can apply to a maximum of 5UK universities for £24 (GBP) which is approximately $40. In Canada, you are looking at way more in application fees! Also, don’t like exams? UK universities don’t require the LSAT!

International Experience:

Employers tend to look quite favourably upon an international education. Indeed, a job applicant with an international degree is able to show that they have international experience, which is highly valuable in our more globalized society. In addition, it proves they are adaptable, open-minded, independent, and self-sufficient.

Opportunities for Extra Activities:

Most of Across the Pond’s partner universities offer extra activities that will make your experience even better, such as:

  • On-Campus Law Clinic
  • Mooting Opportunities
  • Courtroom Facilities
  • Professional Training Placements
  • Relationships with local legal practitioners

Pursue an LLM to specialize:

An LLM is a one year master’s of law and is equivalent to an LLM in Canada. We recommend considering pursuing an LLM after completing an LLB in order to specialize in a particular area of law while earning a post-graduate level qualification. Popular LLMs include:

  • Criminal law
  • Human Rights law
  • Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Maritime Law
  • International Law
  • Family Law
  • And more!

The best part is – applications for international students (with some exceptions) are open until June 30th each year! It’s not too late to get an application submitted for 2019. Think studying in the UK is right for you? Please contact one of our Advisors.