Qualifying Law Degrees

In England and Wales a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) has to have at least 360 credits, of which at least 240 credits must be law modules. The law modules must cover the seven core subjects, namely Constitutional and Administrative, Contract, Criminal, European Union, Equity and Trusts, Land, and Tort.

All Buckingham LLBs devote 30 compulsory credits to each of the 7 core subjects and a further 30 compulsory credits to introducing the legal system and legal skills – a total of 240 compulsory law credits.

In Nigeria to qualify for the Nigerian Bar course, a QLD graduate must have taken Evidence and Commercial Law. These are offered as options at Buckingham on the single honours LLB only. Further information.

In Canada QLD graduates are assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation on a case-by-case basis, much depending on the classification (1st, 2.1 or 2.2) of their degree. To gain maximum exemptions, Canadians often take Evidence and Company Law, options on the single honours LLB only. Further information.

In the Bahamas and the Anglophone Caribbean a QLD is usually acceptable for local Bar courses and so students can consider joint honours as well as single honours LLBs. Further information.

In India and Pakistan, QLD graduates are accepted. However, the exact status of those in possession of a QLD depends on whether or not the student has a first degree in Law or another subject. See Further Information on India and Further Information on Pakistan.