The LLB, or qualifying law degree, is the UK equivalent of a Canadian LLB or JD. It is considered an undergraduate degree in the UK. The standard LLB is a 3-year program and this is the route that those applying to law school straight from high school will typically pursue. A number of universities, however, offer a 2-year “graduate entry” or “senior status” LLB, which is for students who have previously completed an undergraduate honours degree. This option is very popular with graduates as it means that they graduate in a shorter amount of time and can qualify to practice sooner. Additionally, an LLB may occasionally be four years long if it is combined with another course, or includes a foundation year or study abroad.
The degrees offered at our partner universities are recognized around the world. When you return to Canada to start a bar admissions program you must have your UK law degree assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) and obtain a Certificate of Qualification. This assessment is based on you demonstrating your competency in 10 core courses, some of which focus on Canadian law content. UK law degrees do not generally include Canadian-specific content, so competency in these areas must be demonstrated through written Challenge Exams or by completing NCA-approved alternative courses from a Canadian Law school provider. The Challenge Exams will be based on self-study and can be completed at specific times each year.
While the NCA will make an individualized assessment, based on our experience, students who complete the 3-year LLB and also have at least 2 years of undergraduate experience before there LLB will typically be required to complete 5 Challenge Exams. Students who take a 2-year option, or have taken the 3-year LLB straight from high school, will need to complete an additional 2 exams. Alternatively, pursuing an LLM after the 2-year degree may negate the requirement for additional challenge. We recommend that candidates consider pursuing an LLM in order to specialize in a particular area of law while earning a graduate level qualification.
Benefits of studying law in the UK
- Apply for a 3-year LLB directly out of high school
- Qualify in just 2 years with a Senior Status LLB degree (when you already have an undergraduate degree)
- Study in the country where common law originated
- Boost your career prospects with an international education
- The UK’s unique tutorial system allows you to benefit by studying in small classes with increased opportunities to interact with your professors
- Interact with other Canadian and international students while you study
- Comparable tuition fees to top-tier Canadian law schools
- Work placement opportunities available at many schools
- Combined degrees in English (Common) Law and French Law available with a year abroad in a French-speaking university for those wishing to practice in Quebec
Benefits of applying to British Law Schools
- No LSAT Required
- Apply to five law schools for only £24 (approximately $40 CAD)
- More schools overall to choose from
- More places available than at Canadian Law Schools
- Across the Pond Advisors can help to further improve your chances of acceptance
Applications considered on a rolling basis, and late applications are possible with many of our partners.
Across the Pond’s expert student advisors have considerable experience in advising candidates on the appropriate options to select according to your academic and professional profile, so be sure to get in touch to find out which program would be best for you!