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I can't write too much on it since I am working on a few assignments right now, but here are a few major points.

If you go from high school to do an LLB, this is what you'll need to do if you come back to Canada:

- Straight off the bat you will need to do your NCA(National Committee on Accreditation) exams, then pass the provincial bar exams.

- To be even considered for the NCA you need: 2 years Canadian post secondary education, 3 years at an approved university studying Law (in the UK anything that is approved by the SRA), as well as the completion of 10 courses that the Federation of Law Societies of Canada requires(you can take these during your LLB, whatever you don`t take needs an exam during the NCA process).

- If you want to read some more on ways to meet the requirements you can go to the Canada Law From Abroad Accreditation page.

As for studying law in the UK:

- Don`t know what school you want to go to in the UK, but the higher ranking schools will want you to get at a minimum average of 85% with some wanting 93% (using Ontario as a standard since that`s where I`m from). Also for some schools you will need to do the LNAT, as well as have a stellar personal statement.

- For jobs, if you do not have a UK/EU citizenship it'll probably be just as hard to find a job since you need a work visa, and a company willing to sponsor you. You will also need a student visa to study in UK as well (It costs more than 300 pounds).

Consider everything before you apply. I'm about to finish my undergrad, and chose the UK route, but that's because I already have my EU citizenship beside my Canadian one, and I know that I would rather live Europe than in Canada.

Lastly, as an aside, a 4 year undergrad is not cheap. You are looking at $20,000+ for 4 years. A student loan will defer the payment, but it still needs to be payed back.

Sorry if this wasn't fully coherent, my mind is gone from a 20 page paper right now.
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I am a Canadian so I am eligible for Canadian student loans so obviously it is better to go to schools in Canada rather than overseas. However my plans are to study law and in Canada it takes four years undergrad and three years graduate. The four years undergrad is fairly chap because of student loans, but law school can range from 30,000 to 100,000 grand, and then the LSAT test needs to be taken which is even more money, and on top of that what if I do not even get into Law school?Al of those four years wasted. As opposed to the UK, which I've already been accepted to for Law undergrad. Its a lot more expensive but in the long run would it be cheaper as its only four years rather than 7? plus I also hear that its pretty hard to get a job as a lawyer in Canada and a lot easier in the UK, is that true? Anyway thanks!
If you want to work in Canada, Canadian lawyers respect Canadian degrees more than UK degrees because many UK law schools accept people with very low grades who would not have been able to get into a Canadian law school in the first place.

Go on lawstudents.ca, its been heavily debated and the conclusion is that a Canadian law degree is > UK law degree in all cases except Oxbridge.

The reason is that pedigree and prestige matter heavily in law, and Canadian lawyers who have mostly been trained in Canada know that Canadian law schools are harder to get into and more prestigious which is why they hire from Canadian law schools.

The money isn't an issue, a 7 year BA/JD is going to help you land a real job whereas a 3 year LLB won't, period. If things were this easy, people would be flocking to the UK, but its not like that.
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I am a Canadian so I am eligible for Canadian student loans so obviously it is better to go to schools in Canada rather than overseas. However my plans are to study law and in Canada it takes four years undergrad and three years graduate. The four years undergrad is fairly chap because of student loans, but law school can range from 30,000 to 100,000 grand, and then the LSAT test needs to be taken which is even more money, and on top of that what if I do not even get into Law school?Al of those four years wasted. As opposed to the UK, which I've already been accepted to for Law undergrad. Its a lot more expensive but in the long run would it be cheaper as its only four years rather than 7? plus I also hear that its pretty hard to get a job as a lawyer in Canada and a lot easier in the UK, is that true? Anyway thanks!
Hi there.

Like the others have stated, you need to be sure that you are sure that this is the route that you want to take.

I would disagree with Okorange on the statement that people choose to study in the UK because they couldn't get into Canadian law schools. Given that you are a high school student (I'm guessing), you will be treated differently than the others. At the same time, accreditation for your law degree would be more difficult if you do choose to pursue your career in Canada.

With that being said, it is obvious that taking the Canadian route would be the best way to ensure a job as a lawyer in Canada. I would suggest taking an undergraduate degree at a Canadian institution first before pursuing law, unless you are absolutely adamant on sticking with law (in which case the UK would work in your favour).

One thing to note: It is as difficult getting a job in the UK as in Canada, especially if you are not an EU citizen. Unless you have a sponsor willing to employ you, you will have a slim chance working in the UK as lawyer.
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Hi there.

Like the others have stated, you need to be sure that you are sure that this is the route that you want to take.

I would disagree with Okorange on the statement that people choose to study in the UK because they couldn't get into Canadian law schools. Given that you are a high school student (I'm guessing), you will be treated differently than the others. At the same time, accreditation for your law degree would be more difficult if you do choose to pursue your career in Canada.

With that being said, it is obvious that taking the Canadian route would be the best way to ensure a job as a lawyer in Canada. I would suggest taking an undergraduate degree at a Canadian institution first before pursuing law, unless you are absolutely adamant on sticking with law (in which case the UK would work in your favour).

One thing to note: It is as difficult getting a job in the UK as in Canada, especially if you are not an EU citizen. Unless you have a sponsor willing to employ you, you will have a slim chance working in the UK as lawyer.
You might disagree but this is definitely the case in Canada, not always but many law schools in the UK cater to Canadians who have not received offers in Canada after a bachelor's degree and are now considering studying law abroad.

Canada tightly regulates its law schools, there are not as many law schools in Canada as in the UK and they mainly train local students.

Not sure if its a possibility, but you could always do a UK Law degree and then apply to Canadian law school if you find it difficult to land a job which in my opinion you would. Make sure you are eligible to apply to Canadian law with a UK degree however.
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You might disagree but this is definitely the case in Canada, not always but many law schools in the UK cater to Canadians who have not received offers in Canada after a bachelor's degree and are now considering studying law abroad.

Canada tightly regulates its law schools, there are not as many law schools in Canada as in the UK and they mainly train local students.

Not sure if its a possibility, but you could always do a UK Law degree and then apply to Canadian law school if you find it difficult to land a job which in my opinion you would. Make sure you are eligible to apply to Canadian law with a UK degree however.
No, I am speaking solely on the OP's case. Since she is a high school student, she has no credentials to demonstrate that she did not receive law school offers, since she has not completed an undergraduate degree. I do somewhat agree with you on the statement that many candidates that went to UK law schools did not get offers for Canadian law schools, but I believe there are some exceptions (i.e. those that studied at Oxbridge, UCL, and LSE).
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It is funny some of the response i am seeing here. Things to remember. When you go to a law school, it is not a must you have to practice in court. Lawyers work in every sector of life. Also the claim that British law students or those who go to the uk to study law wont make law school in Canada is completely false and frankly stupid. The only hindrance i see is the cost cos uk law schools are not cheap. Also for those thinking that studying law in the Uk is easy, please ask yourself where the Canadian law schools rank against the uk ones. do refer to https://www.topuniversities.com/univ...w-schools-2020. Canadian law schools when it comes to UK law schools lag behind in rankings both in research and quality of education. Also The uk law requires more rigorous reading of numerous literatures (remember the British constitution is unwritten) hence materials are enormous. The Canadian laws are in the acts and codes and several case laws. You cant even compare that with the volumes of laws built over time by the brits. Also discussing Canadian law in isolation of British law is almost near impossible. The acts and codes are almost like a replica of British laws. I can tell you right now, any British law graduate, will hands down dust any Canadian lawyer. The usa maybe can compete with the brits when it comes to law not Canadians.
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Agreed! The absolute ignorance when it comes to the UK law school system is inflammatory. Great point with comparing UK law schools with Canadian law schools. There is little comparison. The truth is the system is built in favour of Canadian law school students. But please don’t get it twisted, some of the most brilliant lawyers in the world (and Canada) are educated in the UK. I’m yet to meet a lawyer who did not find a job after their return from the UK. This narrative is to deter Canadian students taking the UK path as it is seen as an unfair advantage.
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