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Law degrees abroad

Law degrees are sought after by many international students with a legal career in mind. The completion of a law degree abroad doesn’t certify you to work in the legal profession, however it’s a great first step towards it.

If you want to qualify as a lawyer in a specific country, it is important to research the exact steps you need to take as the process varies.

Why study law abroad

A law degree shows a student’s ability to think critically, research, debate, and analyze. It also enables students to study a wide range of social science and humanity issues in one degree.

There are some added reasons to study law that come from the decision to study abroad:

  • Undergraduate law degrees

    Not all countries offer law degrees at a bachelor’s level

  • Shorter degrees

    Some countries, such as the UK, offer a bachelor’s of law (LLB) in as little as three years

  • Improve your English

    widen your career opportunities by improving your skills in one of the most widely spoken languages

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Law program structure

In the US and Canada you must hold a bachelor’s degree before going on to study a postgraduate degree specifically in law, at Juris Doctor (J.D) degree level.

A bachelor’s degree in law will take you around three years to complete, which is the same as a liberal arts degree in the US.

A law master’s will then take an additional year to complete following a bachelor’s. However to study for a J.D in the USA will take as long as three years.

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Types of law degrees

Across Europe, master’s (LLM) and bachelor’s (LLB) focusing on European Law are available at many universities. This focus on law is then relevant in member states of the EU.

Where to study law abroad

For many overseas students, the decision of where to study is led in part by their career goals. If you want to study for a degree in law simply because it interests you, then an undergraduate level may be all you want. However, if you are more career led you’ll have to consider the exact steps for achieving your goals.

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Best countries to study law

Many English speaking countries are considered the best to study law in, because they have a long history based around UK ‘common law’. It provides an internationally renowned basis for a career in law relevant to many countries and areas.

Best universities to study law

There are particular universities around the world that are highly regarded for their law teaching. These universities usually have higher entry requirements and can be difficult to get into.

For Canada and the USA, law schools are the best option for studying for your J.D. The schools may be independent, or part of a larger university. They will often be accredited by an official law body, with specialist teaching staff and researchers.

Law study abroad programs

Undergraduate and postgraduate level law degrees can be studied as a country-specific program, or many universities now offer international law programs. At all levels of study you can specialize in certain areas or types of law.

Common types of law to study include:

  • Environmental law
  • Business law
  • Criminal law
  • Family law

What are the top law undergraduate programs abroad?

  • Liverpool Hope UniversityLaw and Childhood & Youth - BA

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Law
    Location
    Liverpool, UK
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    13,000GBP
  • Central Washington UniversityLaw and Justice - BA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Jan
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Law, Justice Studies
    Location
    Ellensburg, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    23,880USD
  • University of the West of England BristolCriminology and Law - BA (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Law, Criminology
    Location
    Bristol, UK
    Next start date
    September 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,850GBP
  • Gonzaga UniversityBusiness Administration: Law and Public Policy - BBA

    • 4 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Aug, Jan, May
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Law, Public Policy, Business Administration
    Location
    Spokane, USA
    Next start date
    August 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    54,380USD
  • Teesside UniversityLaw with Policing - LLB (Hons)

    • 3 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Subject area
    Law, Police Studies
    Location
    Middlesbrough, UK
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    15,000GBP

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What are the top law postgraduate programs abroad?

  • RMIT UniversityBusiness Business & Law - MBus

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Feb, Jul
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Law
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Next start date
    February 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    36,480AUD
  • University of NicosiaLaw: European Business Law - LLM

    • 18 months
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep, Feb, Jun
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Law
    Location
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    13,860EUR
  • American UniversityJustice, Law and Criminology: Jurisprudence & Social Thought - MSc

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Law, Justice Studies, Criminology
    Location
    Washington DC, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596USD
  • Northeastern UniversityLaw - LLM

    • 1 year
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Sep
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Law
    Location
    Boston, USA
    Next start date
    September 2024
    Annual tuition fee
    60,400USD
  • University of DaytonLaw - LLM

    • 2 years
    • On campus
    • Full-time
    • Jan, May, Aug
    Program type
    Master's
    Subject area
    Law
    Location
    Dayton, USA
    Next start date
    January 2025
    Annual tuition fee
    15,825USD

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Entry requirements to study law abroad

In some countries such as the UK, New Zealand and Australia, you can begin studying law straight after the end of secondary education, and this applies for study abroad students too. As it is a popular and demanding subject, academic entry requirements can be high.

The US and Canada don’t offer law programs at an undergraduate level unlike other English speaking countries. In the US and Canada all students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree before entry to law school to gain a J.D. degree. Your bachelor’s or major for applying to law school can usually be in any subject that interests you, but some subjects such a philosophy or history are more closely linked to law than others.

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Future law careers

The UK offers one of the shortest paths to becoming a lawyer. Your undergraduate degree in law (LLB) will typically take three years, followed by a one year Legal Practice Course. You can then apply for a training contract with a law firm. This last stage of your training is typically two years.

Other careers that may stem from studying law include:

  • Paralegal
  • Barrister
  • Detective

Having legal knowledge can also benefit a range of other career areas, including:

  • Human resources
  • Compliance
  • Police
  • Business
  • Property
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