What are the best universities, when you are seeking a career in law?

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Posted Sat 23rd June, 2012 @ 18:33 by Syed Afjal Ali

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Harvard wouldn't really help you unless you wanted to practice American law though!!

You ideally need to qualify in the country where you want to work as otherwise you will have to do a conversion course, which can cost a fair amount of money. This is the case within the UK too - if you did a law course in England it would be in English law whereas if you went to the University of Edinburgh (for example) you would be trained in Scots law and would have to take additional steps to be qualified in England and vice versa.

In terms of the "best" universities, then this is open to interpretation. If you're talking about qualifying LLB courses then for English law the top level universities will be the "traditional" ones such as Oxford, Cambridge, the London unis and a few others - for example, Warwick have a strong reputation. These are often the universities which require the LNAT (the exam you have to sit once you have applied to university for law at certain universities) although there are exceptions. In Scotland, Aberdeen is often regarded as the "best" law course with Edinburgh and Glasgow following. In Wales, Cardiff have a very strong course then Queens University in Northern Ireland. However, a lot of the top legal firms often recruit graduates without an undergraduate law degree and prefer their new staff to have a very strong academic background in any subject from a top level university. They will then pay for you to do a graduate entry law course (where you basically do two years of the undergrad law degree to give you all of the qualifying law courses) in your first two years at the firm. If you do not get a training contract/graduate scheme place you can still do the postgraduate law course, however, you will not be eligible for student financial support and the fees are higher because it is a second degree.

Answered Mon 25th June, 2012 @ 13:30 by Emma (admin)
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i thnk in that order as well, gud luk im actually thinking about that myself

Answered Sun 24th June, 2012 @ 11:42 by aliimz