A non-qualifying law degree is a higher education course which leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. It’s a three or four year course which includes law modules but also includes study of wider topics outside of the law.
The Law BA is a great option for those interested in the intricacies of the legal sphere but do not necessarily want to follow the traditional legal training route.
If you are sure about becoming a solicitor or barrister you can choose either degree, but if you want to qualify as quickly as possible, you will have to do the LLB.
One benefit of a non-qualifying law degree is that many of the courses offered are law combined with other subjects. In other words, by studying a law BA, you can explore other subjects you’re interested in like history, languages and politics.
If you start your degree without the intention of training as a lawyer and change your mind, you would need to take a law conversion course before being eligible to move onto courses that lead to a career as a barrister or solicitor.
Alternatively, some law schools allow you to switch from your law BA to an LLB after your first or second year.
However, it’s important to check that this would be a possibility with your chosen universities before completing your UCAS application if you want to keep your options open.
If you’re curious about the syllabus of an LLB, read our guide.
There are plenty of universities offering these kinds of law BAs. They include SOAS, the University of Chester and the University of Stirling. You can find out information on subject combinations and universities which offer law BAs on our joint law degree page.
There are plenty of career options available to you if you decide to take a non-qualifying law degree.
If you decide not to to train to become a solicitor or barrister, you can apply to other law-related jobs such as a paralegal or licensed conveyancer.
If you change your mind about law completely, your degree will allow you to apply for jobs in most other sectors, as with any other traditional Bachelor of Arts degree.
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