What do we really want?
Where to study Law in the U.K. is a very interesting question! Would that be from a good residential area point of view? I don’t think so. It could have many references, but personally, I feel it’s from a ‘what are the best schools’ point of view.
That question in itself is puzzling – would it mean the most traditional and historic schools? Or perhaps those with the biggest libraries and the best tutors, or maybe the school whose students are currently getting the best results. Who knows?
Rich, Practical Experience
It is fairly well known that the law programs at the U.K. Varsities are the most comprehensive. They provide an extremely critical understanding of the fundamental principles and the practical skillset required.
Lucky students will be getting vital experiences in the fields of mooting, arguing, and negotiating, while they will also experience the intricacies of the mock courtroom – which helps them gain essential experience of a real-world mockup.
Qualifications with Status
Did you know that almost all of the U.K. law courses give students the option of taking a year’s professional placement at an actual law firm – or, alternatively, overseas study is available.
Canny students will choose to combine law with an extra subject – i.e., business, politics, or, say journalism. It’s important to be aware that all LLB programs at U.K. Universities are formally accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales as qualifying law.
A Good Option
Armed with a Law Degree that will almost automatically open up doors to many and various worthwhile careers such as journalism, business, criminology and many more options from which to select a future for yourself; often, having now gotten your undergraduate Law degree, many students opt to continue by reading for a Masters of Laws postgraduate degree.
The prevailing opinion when asked about the best place to study Law in the U.K., would be the following:
• The University of Cambridge Oxford
• University College London Dundee (in Scotland)
• Solent University Glasgow (” ” )
• Durham Cumbria (Wales)
• Aberdeen (Scotland) London School of Economics (LSE)
• Kings College, London Robert Gordon University
• University of East Anglia Queen Mary, University of London
Each year, it is a well-known fact that hundreds of Canadians migrate to the U.K. to study law – their reputation is that good; and Canadians with 70%+ in their high school diploma are permitted to study a 3 years LLB programme directly after leaving high school.
Study in the U.K. will assist you in applying to 5 U.K. Universities simultaneously, thus ensuring you attain as high a ranked University as allowed by your transcripts.
Here are some of the many benefits of studying in the U.K.:
• No LSAT required to study Law in the U.K.
• Study in the country where common ground originated.
• Complete an LLB in only three years.
• Study a two years Senior Status LLB if you already have an undergraduate degree.
• Gain work experience with a law firm while studying.
• Benefit from an international and multicultural university experience.
• Learn through lectures and small tutorial groups, with one on one tie with professors available.
• Study a year – in France – and a combined degree of English Law and French Law – for students wishing to practice in Quebec.
• Gain an internationally recognized qualification.
• Apply to up to five law schools for approximately £24 (about CAD 40).
LLB Career Prospects
It is known that graduates from a UK LLB course, will be ready to enter legal careers such as becoming a Solicitor or a Barrister; conversely, they could become involved in business or criminology or academia – there are so many choices.
Below are the Law Degrees offered at U.K. Universities:
• LLB – Bachelor of Law
• Graduate LLB – Fast track LLB leading to a postgraduate degree in Law
• LLM – Master of Law
• GDL – Gradual Diploma in Law
• LPC – Law Practice Course
• BPTC – Bar Professional Training Course
• QLTS – Qualified Lawyer Transfer Scheme
U.K. Law Schools Entry Requirement
Entry requirements tend to vary according to the University. Reasons such as your nationality, your previous degree, and the academic level of your course, may all indicate the required documents for your application. However, here is a list that you really will have to submit, nonetheless.
These are required for an undergraduate law degree:
• Your High School Qualification (A-Levels or equivalent)
• Your grades from previous education
• English Language proficiency
These documents are normally required to study law in the U.K. at the postgraduate level:
• An Undergraduate Law Degree
• Your Grades
• Language Proficiency
• Proof of experience (two to three years)
• Motivation Letter
How to Apply to Study Law in the U.K.
When you completed all the documents, you need to submit your application. Almost all Universities will receive your application online, so it’s fairly easy to send it through the Internet by scanning and uploading the documents.
Generally speaking, the U.K. law school uses the interactive online application platform UCAS. You can open your account and gain access to all courses offered at each U.K. University.
Simply select your chosen course and upload the documents you scanned for your application. A very few Universities run their very own personal online application platform on their own official website.
The benefit of a Career
When you obtain a Law Degree at one of the U.K. Universities, the employment market opens up to you. Here’s a basic selection at just some of the jobs you could walk into:
• Advocate Solicitor Barrister
• Detective Entrepreneur Law Journalist
• Politician Law Academic Professional Law Counselling
Obviously, there are a great many other modes of employment available outside the environs of the law, such as Company Secretary, Tax Consultant, Management Assistant, Human Resources Manager, etc.
We began by asking the question ‘Where to Study Law in the U.K.’. So, having discussed the basics of the areas in which you find the preferred Universities and how to apply. Let’s further answer the question in more detail regarding the ‘where’:
The oldest Universities (certainly the ones with the most history – with centuries of rich and diverse pasts – when combined these two Varsities are often lovingly known as Oxbridge.
These two Universities are world-famous, but they don’t play – if you want to get into either of these, they don’t suffer fools gladly – they are straight-A people who are there to study and study learn before anything else – and their reputation echoes that.
Visually they display the incredible architecture, and the centuries of history are evident for all to see.
Two Universities in Scotland have been recommended and they are:
• University of Dundee
This was first established in 1881 as University College, then Queen’s College, under the auspices of the University of St Andrews, becoming an independent university in 1967.
• Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen
Both of these Universities in the heart of Scotland, and they both have a few centuries of history. An interesting fact is that the Robert Gordon University first started out in the 18th century (1750) as Robert Gordon’s hospital.
• University of Durham
This University is far north on the east coast of England, not far from the Scottish Border. It was founded in 1832 by Royal Charter, it is a World Heritage Site, and its official name is Durham Castle and Cathedral!
This makes it one of the oldest buildings in the world, currently to house a University. How fascinating is that! It fills one full of awe, and you feel humbled and honored to enter this imposing structure.
• The University of East Anglia
This University is situated in England but quite close to Wales. It is relatively modern in that it was established in 1963, and what is particularly interesting is that in 1984 the School of Law first moved to Earlham Hall (the early childhood home of Elizabeth Fry, the English prison reformer and the Gurney family).
The Campus includes Earlham Hall and also features as the headquarters of the Avengers!
• University of Cumbria, Lancashire
The University is in northern England. With headquarters in Carlisle, it has other significant campuses in Lancaster, Ambleside, and London. Its beginning was in 1852, specializing in fine arts, however after many happenings over time, it was officially established in 2007.
• Solent University in Southampton
This University is on the south coast of England and is situated much further south, where the weather is warmer, and the sea sound is a given. The University proudly acclaims a long tradition of yachting and has won the student championships at yachting on many occasions.
• University College London
Officially known as the UCL from around 2005. Actually, it was officially founded on 11 Feb 1826. It has several campuses, all situated in busy town and city areas. The main campus is in Bloomsbury, in Central London, surrounded by lots to see and do.
• London School of Economics (LSE)
The London School of Economics is often referred to as the LSE and was founded in 1895 by Fabian Society Members – one of whom was George Bernard Shaw.
The world-famous singer Mick Jagger graduated from here. Located in Westminster, in central London, and quite near the boundary between Covent Garden and an area named Holborn but with the Cockney twang or even the London accent, it sounds like Hobun.
• Kings College, London
This University was founded in 1829.
An interesting note is hat Somerset House – adjacent to Kings College London’s East Wing, has a yearly ice-skating rink from each November to each January! Not an easy to get into, this wonderful school of learning was quite recently used as a location for the filming of Inferno, The Imitation Game, and the Da Vinci Code.
• Queen Mary, University of London
This University dates back to 1785. It is situated nearer to the South of London.
The Campuses are close to the London Underground – lovingly known as The Tube. The London cabbies are amazing, the trains all run on time, so travel-wise you can’t go wrong!
All of the above are very popular, and most of them are thorough and strict about high standards when accepting new applications – so it can be challenging to get in.
This has given you some idea of your local surroundings, but the name of the game is to study!