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after you receiving a law degree in university, do you have to go to law school or is university and law school the same thing?
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In what country? Legal education varies widely across the world.

In the UK, the LLB, provided it's a qualifying law degree (QLD), would be "law school". You would then currently need to undertake the Legal Practice Course (LPC) as a postgraduate qualification (it's not a masters, I think it's officially at PGDip level) and a Training Contract (TC) with a law firm to become a solicitor (the route to become a barrister is somewhat similar in that it involves a period of postgrad vocational study and then working in a training position, but they are wholly separate routes).

After completing the LPC and TC satisfactorily you would be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors and hence be a fully qualified lawyer. You can also do any first degree (BA/BSc etc) in a non-law subject then do a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) as a conversion course, then follow the above route through LPC and TC.The above is changing soon however with the LPC and QLD requirements being replaced by a Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). You would then go on to a TC as above and thus qualify as a lawyer (the barrister route is not changing in this way at present though).

In the US however, the qualifying law degree is always a graduate degree (the JD), and so you always have to get an undergraduate bachelors first and then apply to the graduate degree. This graduate course is then "law school".
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