The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, also known as the UK or Britain, is regarded as the world’s second most popular(second only to the USA) international study destination. The UK welcomes approximately 460,000 international students from around the world each year. Having built a world-class education system, higher education in the UK is a model for many countries around the globe. With over 160 higher education institutions across the UK, and a generous range of degree types, it makes sense that Britain is a popular destination in international education. Any qualification gained in the UK will be highly regarded internationally. The biggest downside with studying in the UK is its lacking number of scholarship opportunities available for international students so this is usually the best option for prospective students looking for a relatively straightforward admission procedure but can self-finance their education. International students that are looking for several financial aid options should consider applying to programmes in USA and Canada. There is also the option for students to commence law programmes in Australia or France and complete in the UK and get rewarded with the most prestigious UK qualifications from Oxford or Cambridge. This article gives in-depth information about the law courses that international students can study in UK.
Postgraduate LL. B
A Graduate LLB (Bachelor of Laws or Legum Baccalaureus in Latin) is a postgraduate degree programme that offers people with a degree in another academic discipline the chance to study an LLB in two years. An LLB usually covers several subjects which may comprise Criminal law, Public law, Legal methods, Commercial law among others. This is a Qualifying Law Degree which enables you to progress directly to the vocational stage of legal education should you wish to qualify as a solicitor or barrister in England and Wales. It’s also recognised in a number of other jurisdictions.
Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
GDL is the conversion course for graduates in subjects other than law or who have a non-qualifying law degree, who intend to become solicitors or barristers. The course combines academic rigour with the problem solving and research skills to help you stand out as a legal professional. Modules include English and Welsh Legal System, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Equity & Trusts, EU Law, Land Law, Public Law and Tort and finally the submission of a research paper. After successful completion of the GDL, you may progress to the current professional stage of legal training, either the Bar Training Course* or the Legal Practice Course. The duration of the course is one year on full-time or a two-year part-time option.
Master of Laws (LLM)
LL.M. is an abbreviation of the Latin Legum Magister, which means Master of Laws. A Master of Laws (LLM) is a postgraduate degree designed to enhance your academic legal knowledge, allowing LLB graduates to focus on specific areas of interest. LLM courses attract students from both common law and civil law jurisdictions. An LL.M. is usually obtained by completing a one-year full-time program and the stepladder for graduates to further their academic career by progressing into SJD or PhD programmes. The LLM pathway is particularly suitable for international students seeking exposure to a range of legal disciplines, giving students expertise across the board and providing the skills and knowledge required for a successful legal career.
Specialist LLM pathways include:
- Criminal Law
- International Law
- Legal History and Legal Theory
- Medical Law
- Private Law
- Public Law
- Banking and Finance Law LLM
- Commercial and Corporate Law LLM
- Comparative and International Dispute Resolution LLM
- Competition Law LLM
- Energy and Natural Resources Law LLM
- Environmental Law LLM
- European Law LLM
- Human Rights Law LLM
- Immigration Law LLM
- Insurance Law LLM
- Intellectual Property Law LLM
- International Business Law LLM
- International Economic Law LLM
- International Shipping Law LLM
- Medical Law LLM
- Public International Law LLM
- Regulation and Compliance LLM
- Tax Law LLM
- Technology, Media and Communications Law LLM