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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.

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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.

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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    Commerce and Law - BComm/LLB University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,017 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 FJD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (combined degrees)
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    Business Management with Law - BA (Hons) Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Law (Derry~Londonderry Campus) - LLB (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,840 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Law - LLB (Hons)
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    Criminology with Law - BA (Hons) (with foundation) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,567 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about BA (Hons) Criminology with Law (with Foundation Year option)
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    Business: Law - BA (Hons) EU Business School Munich, Germany

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,648 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 EUR

    Start date
    October, January
    Show program overview about BA (Hons) in Business (Law)

Associate in law

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    Law (Pre-Professional) - AAOT Lane Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 USD

    Start date
    September, January, March
    Show program overview about Law (Pre-Professional)
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    Law, Public Policy and Society - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Law, Public Policy and Society
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    Law, Public Policy, and Society (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,794 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,794 USD

    Start date
    August, January
    Show program overview about Law, Public Policy, and Society - Associate in Arts for Transfer

Diploma in law

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    Law and Justice Studies - Dip Selkirk College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,503 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,624 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Law and Justice Studies

Certificate in law

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    Law with Business - Cert HE University of Essex International College, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,195 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,475 GBP

    Start date
    May, July, September, January, March
    Show program overview about CertHE Law with Business
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    Law and Security - Cert Nova Scotia Community College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    8,607 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,690 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Law and Security

Pathway in law

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    Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences (International Foundation Year leading to German and Portuguese BA - Hons) - UGP Cardiff University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,415 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,500 GBP

    Start date
    November, January, September
    Show program overview about Arts, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, International Foundation Year
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    Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Foundation program - UGP Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,137 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, November, January
    Show program overview about Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Foundation program
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - FD University of Nottingham International College, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,460 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - UGP Nottingham Trent International College (at Nottingham Trent University), UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,858 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,900 GBP

    Start date
    May, June, July, September, January, February
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - FD Kaplan International College London: City, University of London, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,693 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,880 GBP

    Start date
    July, September, January, March, April
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Foundation Certificate

Law graduate programs

Master's in law

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    Law: Integrated Business Administration - Dual JD/MBA University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate/Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,164 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,879 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about LLM (Master of Laws)
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    Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG - LLM University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,872 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,430 GBP

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG
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    International Affairs / Juris Doctor - MA Carleton University, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,894 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,945 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about International Affairs / Juris Doctor
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    International Business and Law - MA MCI Management Center Innsbruck, Austria

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    13,563 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 EUR

    Start date
    May, November, January, March, October
    Show program overview about International Business & Law | Master
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    Justice, Law and Criminology: Jurisprudence & Social Thought - MSc American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Justice, Law and Criminology

Doctorate in law

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    Juris Doctor - JD University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,958 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,958 USD

    Start date
    May, January
    Show program overview about Juris Doctor
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    Law - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,839 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,480 AUD

    Start date
    July, February
    Show program overview about PhD (Law)
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    Juris Doctor - JD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    48,306 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 48,306 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
    Show program overview about Juris Doctor
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    Law - JD University of Calgary, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    30,995 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 42,096 CAD

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Law
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    Law - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,390 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,900 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, April
    Show program overview about Law

Pathway in law

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    Business with Law - PGP University of York International Pathway College, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    29,237 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,100 GBP

    Start date
    September, January
    Show program overview about Business with Law, Pre-Master's
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - PGP Kaplan International College London: Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,990 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, March
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - PGP UWE Bristol’s International College, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,960 GBP

    Start date
    June, July, September, October, January, February, April
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master's
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences - PGP Kaplan International College London: University of Westminster, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    27,832 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,990 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, May
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s
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    Business, Law and Social Sciences: Pre-Masters - PGP Nottingham Trent International College (at Nottingham Trent University), UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,352 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,870 GBP

    Start date
    May, June, July, September, October, January, February, April
    Show program overview about Business, Law and Social Sciences: Pre-Masters

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