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Information for Students from Canada

Why Study with us?

Because of our shared Common Law heritage, studying law in the UK is an attractive option for Canadian students and is quite similar to studying law in Canada. However, you will almost certainly find that class sizes in Buckingham are smaller than you are used to.

If you already have a first degree in a non-law subject, you may qualify for our International Scholarship.

Two-year degrees

Taking less time to complete than most law degrees, the Buckingham two-year law degree (Single and Joint Honours LLB) covers the fundamental subjects that constituted the Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) for the purposes of qualifying as a lawyer in the UK, as well as offering electives of particular interest to Canadians, such as:

  • Company (Corporate) Law
  • Law of Evidence
  • Commercial Law

It is important to note that Buckingham’s two-year LLB programme is a concentrated 360-credit programme, which the NCA recognises as the equivalent of the three-year LLBs offered at other UK Universities. For this reason, Buckingham’s two-year LLB programme should not be confused with the senior status (240-credit) two-year law programmes offered by certain other UK universities.

After the degree

Most of our Canadian students return home to Canada after graduating to qualify as lawyers and, ultimately, go into legal practice. Canadian students who graduate with a Buckingham LLB (Single or Joint Hons) and wish to be admitted to the bar of a common-law province or territory in Canada must demonstrate their competence to do so to the satisfaction of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). We encourage Canadian applicants to monitor the NCA website to ensure they have up to date information on accreditation. Buckingham Law School also ensures that its Canadian students are regularly invited to NCA online information sessions, so that they have up-to-date information regarding their path to qualification in Canada.

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Entry requirements

Specific details can be found on our Canada entry requirements page.

Course-specific information

For further information about the Buckingham LLB, contact the Admissions Tutor, Alec Morris at

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