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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.

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

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Business (Law) Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 30,634 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Kentucky Logo

    Pre-Law University of Kentucky, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,050 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Law University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,950 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Vermont Logo

    Pre-Law Pre-professional Program University of Vermont, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 41,280 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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  • University of Saskatchewan Logo

    Law University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 39,695 CAD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
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Pathway in law

  • Leeds Beckett University Logo

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

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

  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Logo

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

    • Tuition fees per year 15,412 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January
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  • Centennial College Logo

    Law Clerk Centennial College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 16,531 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Fanshawe College Logo

    Law Clerk (Co-op) Fanshawe College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 15,922 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year 2 months
    • Start date January, September
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  • Durham College Logo

    Law Clerk Advanced Durham College, Canada

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

  • Mount Aloysius College Logo

    Conservation Law Enforcement Mount Aloysius College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 21,870 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, September
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  • Oklahoma City Community College Logo

    Political Science/Pre-Law Oklahoma City Community College, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 7,552 USD
    • Program type Associate
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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Law graduate programs

Master's in law

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

    • Tuition fees per year 49,184 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date August
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  • University of Helsinki Logo

    International Business Law University of Helsinki, Finland

    • Tuition fees per year 13,000 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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  • RMIT University Logo

    Business (Business & Law) RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 30,720 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    International Commercial Law University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,150 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date January, September
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  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel Logo

    Corporate and Financial Law Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    • Tuition fees per year 3,850 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
    Show more details about Corporate and Financial Law
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Pathway in law

  • Lancaster University Logo

    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Masters Lancaster University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 15,000 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 7 months
    • Start date
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  • University of Glasgow Logo

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

    • Tuition fees per year 18,480 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of York Logo

    Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s University of York, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,150 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Aberdeen Logo

    Business and Law, Pre-Master's Program University of Aberdeen, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 11,500 USD
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 3 months
    • Start date June, September
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

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

    • Tuition fees per year 16,620 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate pathway
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Doctorate in law

  • RMIT University Logo

    Law RMIT University, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 34,560 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • University of Tasmania Logo

    Law University of Tasmania, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 33,208 AUD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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  • Koç University Logo

    Law Koç University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Nicosia Logo

    Law University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    • Tuition fees per year 4,500 EUR
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Gloucestershire Logo

    Marketing, Events and Law University of Gloucestershire, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 13,200 GBP
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, September
    Show more details about Marketing, Events and Law
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Diploma in law

  • Bournemouth University Logo

    Law/CPE Bournemouth University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 12,000 GBP
    • Program type Postgraduate diploma
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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Certificate in law

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    Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations Durham College, Canada

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