Studying Law in the UK

Study Law in the UK as an International Student

Whether you choose to study law on its own or in conjunction with a combined course or joint honours degree, you can study law at higher level in a range of different ways. Depending on your interests and the direction you’d like to take your law skills in the future, you can choose a more practical or more academic course.

LLB law degrees are specifically designed for students who want to practice law, while BA/BSc degrees are more comparable to other academic degree subjects, exploring the theory and history of law as well as its practical application today. Some courses will require you to pass the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) when applying.

LLM courses are offered at a range of universities across the UK and offer progression routes to jobs within the industry. You don’t need to have studied Law at undergraduate level to study it at postgraduate. Our experienced counsellors can support you in every aspect of your application.

Where are the best places to study law in the UK?

There are so many courses for studying law in the UK, and many of these will enable you to achieve highly renowned qualifications that will be recognised worldwide. You might choose to study a BA or BSc at one of the UK’s universities or pursue a LLB at a university or one of the UK’s specialist higher education law institutions like the University of Law.

You may even want to take a postgraduate course, such as a law conversion course or LLM at somewhere like BPP University. Regardless of the path you wish to take, the best universities to study law in the UK will provide all the support you need throughout your course.

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International students studying law in the UK

Over 20% of students studying law in the UK are international students, with over 85% of all UK law students studying full-time. Many of these students rely on scholarships for international students; if you’re interested in applying for a scholarship, remember that they can be highly competitive, so you should always apply early.

A typical law degree will take at least three years to complete although courses in Scotland are usually four years and some accelerated LLB courses will be two years long. Your course may also involve a professional placement at a law firm, either in the UK or internationally.

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