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Study law abroad

An in-depth guide to studying law as an international student.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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

Law undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in law

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    Public Service and Public Policy (Law and Policy) - BSc
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Law with French Law - LLB
    University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Criminology Law and Justice - BA
    University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Law and Society - BA
    University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Law (Pre) - BSc
    Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    40,040 USD
    Start date
    August
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Pathway in law

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    Law with International Business (Foundation) - UGP
    Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in law

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    Law Clerk - Dip
    Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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    Law Clerk - Dip
    Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Law Clerk Advanced - Dip
    Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,945 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in law

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    Conservation Law Enforcement - ASc
    Mount Aloysius College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    21,870 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Law graduate programs

Master's in law

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    Tribal Policy, Law, and Government - LLM
    Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    49,184 USD
    Start date
    August
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    International Business Law - MSc
    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Corporate and Financial Law - MSc
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    3,850 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Healthcare Law and Ethics - LLM
    University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    7,875 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Law - LLM/MPhil
    University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
    Show program overview about Law
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Doctorate in law

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    Law - PhD
    RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    34,560 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Law - JD
    University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    39,695 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Law - PhD
    University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,208 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
    Show program overview about Law
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    Law - PhD
    Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    0 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Law - Dual JD/MBA
    DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,320 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
    Show program overview about Law
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Diploma in law

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    Law/CPE - GradDip
    Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    12,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Law Clerk (Co-op) - OCDip
    Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,922 CAD
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in law

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    Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations - PGCert
    Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,067 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in law

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    Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP
    University of Nottingham, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP
    University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    18,480 USD
    Start date
    September
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    Business and Law, Pre-Master's Program - PGP
    University of Aberdeen, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    3 months
    Tuition fees per year
    11,500 USD
    Start date
    June, September
    Show program overview about Business and Law, Pre-Master's Program
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    Business, Management and Law, Pre-Masters - PGP
    Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    5,506 USD
    Start date
    -
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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.

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