So you’ve decided on studying law at university. Well done – you’ve passed the first hurdle! But have you thought about the various types of law degrees on offer and how each could benefit you?
This will help especially when you begin choosing universities for studying law.
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Most students studying law at university complete the LLB. It’s a qualifying law course in England and Wales.
These types of law degrees are named ‘qualifying’ since they include the seven core modules required in order for prospective lawyers to continue their training.
|Constitutional and Administrative Law|
|Equity and trusts Law|
|Law and Medicine|
|Public International Law|
While most who study law at university take a qualifying law degree, it’s extremely important to be aware of the difference between the LLB, and the law BA, which is a non-qualifying law degree.
The most prominent difference is that the Law BA usually will not enable you to practice or qualify as a solicitor or barrister through the traditional route. This is because it doesn’t include all the necessary core modules that a qualifying law degree does.
What this essentially means is that you cannot immediately go onto an LPC or a BPTC once you have graduated. Therefore, if you want to practice as a solicitor or barrister after studying law this way, you’ll have to do the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), which is more commonly known as the law conversion course.
Despite its obvious downside, the Law BA is a common law degree choice among many students studying law since it allows more flexibility within the course syllabus in comparison to the LLB. If you decide to do this law undergraduate course, you are still able to pursue your legal studies, but you also get the chance to combine a law BA with other subjects you’re interested in.
These types of law degrees can be particularly useful for non-legal careers where some legal knowledge could put you at an advantage – such as in politics or journalism.
A joint LLB or BA law degree with a language is a great option if you enjoyed your Spanish, French or German A-level.
Overall, these law courses will usually last a total of four years with a year of study abroad, giving you the chance to explore foreign legal systems.
There are many advantages to completing this type of law degree – for example, with an additional language, you can widen your job prospects. You’ll also be favoured by many international firms since completing this legal qualification shows excellent communication skills and equips you with cultural awareness.
In addition to this, reading another European legal system gives you insight into various challenges involved in international business.
Many universities offer joint law courses with other subjects.
Some examples of these types of law degrees are:
Jurisprudence is one of Oxford’s law courses and is centred around academic theory and philosophy associated with legal studies. While it’s less practical than courses at many similar institutions, Jurisprudence is still a qualifying law degree.
Reading law at Oxford is undoubtedly extremely prestigious and has brilliant graduate prospects. Read more on our studying law at Oxbridge guide.
Scots law is the Scottish equivalent to an English/Welsh LLB law degree. However, if you study Scots Law in Scotland and decide to practice law in England or Wales, you would have to do the GDL afterwards. This is because there are significant differences between the English and Scottish legal systems.
Having said that, there are a few accredited universities offering a combined English and Scots Law LLB, such as the University of Strathclyde, which enables you to read parts of both legal systems.
If you wish to become a Scottish solicitor, you must undertake the LLB with an accredited university in Scotland. There are a total of 10 universities accredited by the Law Society of Scotland that offer the Scots Law LLB.
They are as follows:
|The University of Aberdeen||Yes|
|The University of Abertay||No|
|The University of Dundee||Yes|
|The University of Edinburgh||Yes|
|The University of Glasgow||Yes|
|Glasgow Caledonian University||Yes|
|Edinburgh Napier University||Yes|
|Robert Gordon University||Yes|
|The University of Stirling||Yes|
|The University of Strathclyde||Yes|
Online law degrees are the chosen option for many mature students studying law or those who don’t want to relocate for university. If you’re thinking of studying law online, there are plenty of law courses to choose from. See below for some of the universities offering these types of law degrees.
|The University of Law|
|University of Central Lancashire|
|University of Greenwich|
Written by Tvara Shah
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