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Why should you study Law in the UK?

We explain the main differences between studying law in the UK and Sri Lanka

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Studying law means a lot of long hours and hard work ahead of you, but if you’re passionate about the subject, then the expense will be well worth the return. If you are thinking about studying Law in the UK, read through this guide to see what the main differences are and the benefits of receiving your law degree in the UK as opposed to in Sri Lanka.


Degree options

There are lots of different law study option in the UK. You can either get an LLB law degree, a BA/BS in Law, or a joint degree including business and law or criminology and law. In addition to LLB law, you can also consider LLB law with American Law, and LLB law with European Legal systems. Students who choose an LLB programme will study law throughout their entire course while students who choose a BA or BS programme study other subjects outside of law up to one third of the time.


Once you’ve received your Bachelor’s Degree, you can then move forward into postgraduate studies.


As a postgraduate student, you can choose to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors, or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.


Alternatively, there is also the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) program, which includes the GDL and a graduate fast-track programme. Through this programme, students can study a specific area of law as opposed to covering many different areas.


Students with an undergraduate degree in a subject other than law can take the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or another suitable law degree, to prepare for a postgraduate law programme. So if you already have a Bachelor’s Degree, you can still pursue a postgraduate degree in law by receiving a GDL.


Where to study

The UK has several options for great Universities where you can study law. Among the highest ranked are the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. Both are highly ranked in student satisfaction and in job prospects. Additionally, there is the University of Nottingham, which is ranked slightly lower that Oxford and Cambridge, but this is a very popular choice among international students. It is also ranked very well in student satisfaction and job prospects. http://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=law.


How long does it take to receive a law degree in the UK?

It usually takes a minimum of six years if you are studying a law degree in the UK from start to finish. Three years are spent receiving your undergraduate law degree, one year is spent completing the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course as a post graduate, and one to two years are spent as a pupil, training for your new position in law.


If you are not studying a Law for your undergraduate degree, then you will need to factor in an extra year for completing your GDL.


This time frame does not vary much from receiving a law degree in Sri Lanka, as it can take five to six years there as well.


What’s the cost of receiving a law degree in the UK?

A Law degree in the UK costs approximately 9,500 English pounds per year, as where in Sri Lanka, it only costs the equivalent of 12,600 English Pounds in Indian Rupees for the entire programme. Additionally, you will have to factor in the cost of living, as this will be an additional expense to consider.


Once you have received your degree

Receiving a degree of law will open up many doors for you in regards to your career, but the field of law is a competitive one, and if you were hoping to remain in the UK, finding a job may prove to be somewhat difficult as there may be many other applicants applying to the same jobs. During your time in law school however, you begin building your network of contacts. It is often recommended that students plan to look for work close to where they received their degree, as the university is more likely to have connections with potential job prospects in the area. Receiving a law degree in the UK will still give you the ability to find a job in either Sri Lanka, or the UK, but universities in the UK may not necessarily be able to assist you in finding a job back home.


Useful links:

Studying Law at the University of Sheffield in the UK [video]

Study in the UK


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