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BA Law or LLB?


Looking into uni courses at the moment, had a look on the Cambridge website and they do BA Law instead of LLB, what's the difference and how will it affect my career in law?
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From the Cambridge website it says the following : The BA tripos degree (see 2nd paragraph)
You can be assured that the only way a BA in Law from Cambs is going to affect your career will be positively. It is equivalent to any LLB an more highly regarded. Their degree goes over and beyond the usual LLB and the social capital from Cambs is renowned.
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A historical note: Almost all undergraduate degrees awarded by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge are BAs. Thus it is possible to obtain a BA in Physics.

This is for historical reasons. Medieval universities did not have the same structure as to the division of subjects as modern universities. Everyone attending a medieval university studied everything that was taught there, but might specialise a bit later on.

By the eighteenth century, little studying was done (lots of drinking!), but what were then the only two universities in England underwent academic revivals in the nineteenth century and took their modern form, whilst other English universities got going from the early nineteenth century onwards, first with sporadic foundations (Durham, UCL, KCL, Royal Holloway),and then in successive waves of foundations (Redbrick, Plate Glass, White tile, New Universities).

History also explains why at Oxford and Cambridge graduates can automatically obtain an MA a few years after graduating as BA. Master of Arts was and is a rank within the Oxbridge university structure. Master's degrees did not become degrees awarded after taking postgraduate exams until (I think) the C19.

In the medieval academic pathway, which trained people to be clergymen, lawyers, and civil servants, students started as Scholars, then became Bachelors, then Masters, then Doctors. People sometimes became Fellows of their colleges whilst still undergraduates (this continued in a few cases until the twentieth century).

Degree nomenclature can be quirky. This again reflects medieval academic customs. For example, Oxford's equivalent of an LLM (Master of Laws) is called the BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) - obtained after a one year postgraduate course and exams. Some medical degrees are called MB Ch B (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Chirurgery), others are called MD (Doctor of Medicine). US law degrees are called JD (Juris Doctor). Oxford and some other universities calls their Ph D a D Phil (same thing - Doctor of Philosophy - can be obtained in any subject).
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