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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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    Law - BA/LLB University of the South Pacific, Fiji

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,427 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,427 USD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Political Science - International Politics & Law - BA Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Law (Pre) - BSc Northeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,040 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,040 USD

    Start date
    August
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    Law - LLB Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,983 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Economics, Politics and Law - BA (Hons) (with foundation) Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,239 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    21,870 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,870 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Law Enforcement - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
    Show program overview about Law Enforcement
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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
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in law

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    Law Clerk Advanced - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,938 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,945 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Justice Studies: Law Enforcement - Dip Bow Valley College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    19,891 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,900 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Law Clerk - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,311 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
    Show program overview about Law Clerk
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Certificate in law

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    Law with Psychology - Cert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    8,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,167 GBP

    Start date
    February, April, July, September, November
    Show program overview about Law with Psychology
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Pathway in law

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    Law with Finance (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,401 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,900 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Law graduate programs

Master's in law

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    Law - LLM University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,792 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,040 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Law - LLM University of Nicosia, Cyprus
    • Online

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,566 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,400 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Corporate and Financial Law - MSc Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,681 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Law, LLM - LLM University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,555 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,555 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Law and Justice - MSc Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,007 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,007 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in law

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    Law - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,239 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September, January, June
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    Law, Juris Doctorate - JD DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,320 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,320 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Law - JD University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,241 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,116 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Law - JD Thompson Rivers University, Canada

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,046 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,080 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Law - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,472 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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Diploma in law

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    Law - PDip Technological University Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,943 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Law Clerk - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,205 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,531 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Law Clerk - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,719 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,922 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
    Show program overview about Law Clerk
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    Law/CPE - GradDip Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,956 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    International Business Law - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    10,572 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
    Show program overview about International Business Law
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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
    Annual tuition fee
    12,835 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,067 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    International Business Law - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    5,286 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
    Show program overview about International Business Law
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    Emerging Technologies and Law - PGCert RMIT University, Australia
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,222 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,360 AUD

    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in law

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    Business, Management and Law, Pre-Masters - PGP Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,891 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,000 GBP

    Start date
    March, May
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    Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Liverpool, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,484 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,620 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,480 GBP

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    16,249 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,500 GBP

    Start date
    June, September
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    Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Master’s - PGP University of Glasgow, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    26,112 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,480 GBP

    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