Information for Applicants from India
Since its beginnings in 1976, Buckingham Law School has benefited from its connections with India and a significant number of Indian students have graduated from the School. Although it can be completed in two years, the Buckingham LLB (Single Honours Law) covers not just the subjects required for a UK Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), but also a number of electives of particular interest to Indians, including:
- Company Law
- Law of Evidence
- Commercial Law
- Intellectual Property Law
Indian applicants tend to fall into one of two categories:
- Those who have just completed their +2. There is a special LLB programme of study lasting for 3 years. Applicants would be expected to have a 6.0 IELTS score (including at least that level in writing) or its equivalent. This programme can be started either in September or January.
- Those who already have a first degree in a non-law subject. They can join the two-year LLB programme provided they have a 6.5 IELTS score (including at least that level in writing) or its equivalent. These applicants may also qualify for our International Scholarship. This programme can be started in either January or July, or taken in slightly extended form starting in September.
Indian students often stay on for a further nine months or a year to take our LLM programme in International and Commercial Law. Again there are scholarships for those who have obtained a 2.1 or 1st in the Buckingham LLB.
Some Indian students join an Inn of Court in London and stay on to take the English Bar qualifications, but most of our Indian students return home to India after graduating to qualify as lawyers and to go into legal practice. Indian students graduating with a Buckingham LLB must take the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) in order to be awarded a Certificate of Practice by the Bar Council of India. Because it is a QLD, the Buckingham LLB meets the necessary fundamental entry requirements for taking the AIBE.
For more information on joining the Indian Bar, applicants are advised to visit the Bar Council of India’s website at: www.barcouncilofindia.org