The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree

What skills will the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) give you?
Over 70% of graduate level employment is open to students of any degree discipline and law graduates are always well sought after given the skills and discipline required to complete a law programme. A law graduate, in addition to having obtained knowledge of substantive law, will have the ability to analyse, critically evaluate and present material in a structured and coherent manner. Such wide range of skills equip graduates for a range of carrier opportunities other than legal practice including national and local government, business, academia, politics, international relations and the media.

Many successful and famous international figures including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Hillary Clinton and Andrea Bocelli are law graduates.

What is the competition for places like?
For those of you wanting to study law as part of your pathway towards one day qualifying as a lawyer or a barrister, it is important for you to understand just how competitive this process has become, especially in times of economic recession. Finding a training contract and an employer is becoming ever more difficult, especially for students with little experience outside of academic life.

The key is to start researching early, and to gather as much experience and as many contacts as you can to help you along the way. This is where law students have to set themselves apart from those studying other disciplines at university. As a law student you have to be more organised and more proactive far earlier in your academic life. It’s no use waiting until your final year to start looking into LPC, BPTC or paralegal opportunities. You need to have been doing this almost from the day your course begins. Every law institution in the UK will hold law fairs and specific talks to help you on your way, but don’t make the mistake of assuming these are just for third years. Take the time to go to them from the very start and it could just make the difference you need.

What will your Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree cover?
Make sure you also use your studies to help you understand more about what fields you are interested in, and what path you want to take. Law degrees are very similar all over the UK in order to be Qualifying Law Degrees. As such you will cover law of tort, family law, commercial, company and land law amongst others. When it comes to the next stage of your career you need to be thinking about areas in which you want to work. Do you want to look for a training contract with a big corporate where you’ll specialise in one particular area, or would you prefer a high street setup where you’ll cover a whole host of diverse smaller scale cases?

Get a head start
There’s plenty of online resources available that can help you plan from choosing the right place to study your LLB, all the way up to finding employment as a barrister or solicitor.

How To Study Law Online

In the past years many have had to fly to different countries in order to get their education done. This is because it was mandatory for one to study at the institution that their presence should be there.

But as time has passed on there is what we call online reading. This means that one can be recognized as a student of a certain institution as they study via internet.

This is all made possible by the latest technology, as all that is required is to pay the school fees online and then one automatically gains access to the institution.

Some of the courses that are studied online are law, business, pharmacy, teaching, psychology and so on and so forth.

But the question is why would one want to study law online? Considering it is a course that is quite demanding and requires full time concentration.

The three main reasons are that they do not have the time to exclude themselves form their busy lives and study alone, the other would be the resources they have do not allow them and finally the third is just a preference one may have.

After one has decided that they study law online, it is best to first know how to choose the institution they would want to study in. The best thing is to choose an institution accredited by American Bar Association.

The only state that allows one to study law online is the state of California. But there are certain procedures that one ought to follow before they can become full members.

Another is one known as Concord Law School that offers good distance learning.

The one factor that people do not understand when it comes to study law online is that if you do it in a university that has not been accredited; it means that one would not be allowed to sit for a status bar exam.

One may not allow you to be a practicing lawyer and all this happens because the university has not been accredited by American Bar Association.

The other thing for one to study law online is to consider how much is willing to spend in terms of money.

As one considers they should also see how the payment is done via what criteria and all that.

Lastly is to check the performance of the school as a whole and if it guarantees one work after they are done with the learning.

Earning a Law Degree Abroad

No matter where you live, a law is a key that opens the door to an exciting career of prestige and possibilities. In the past, it was common to go to law school within your country or even your state. Nowadays, however, law degrees abroad are becoming more and more common.

One reason that being a lawyer, both domestically and internationally, is an attractive option for students is the constant need for legal representation. You don’t need to obtain a law degree abroad to be privy to this demand, but an international law degree can provide you with a better appreciation of other cultures and their legal traditions. A law abroad may also give you a deeper understanding of certain law specialties, such as international law and business law.

Law school, it seems, has never really been synonymous with affordability. But, obtaining a degree in law abroad can be affordable. Not only do law degrees overseas offer fellowships, grants, and scholarships, but many of the law degree programs also offer several financial aid packages.

Additionally, law is a competitive field, and getting accepted to a law school can be difficult for some. But, when you opt to get a degree in law overseas, you broaden your opportunities, taking them from a pond to a lake. Law overseas provide you with a quality education, and a wider range of schools to chose from. They also allow you to see the world while completing your studies, an experience that can give you an advantage once school is over and the time comes to apply for jobs.

Students often wonder if they are limiting their future careers by studying law abroad, but just because you get a law overseas doesn’t mean you have to practice in the country in which you obtained the degree. Many of the international law programs are American Bar Association approved, giving you the opportunity to practice in the United States once your degree is complete. Before choosing a program, it is wise to make sure the program is accepted wherever you ultimately intend to practice.

Finally, for many employers, obtaining a law degree overseas is more impressive than obtaining one in your homeland. The reason for this perception is that pursuing a law degree abroad shows employers that you aren’t afraid of a challenge; it tells them that you are open to new ideas, new adventures, and willing to go outside your comfort zone, something you may have to do quite often as a lawyer.

Overall, studying law in an international setting makes a lot of sense for students, and is an option that more should consider.

Law School Accreditation

Accreditaiton and what it means to you. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of accreditation is “to recognize (an educational institution) as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice.” Law schools generally fall into three categories of accreditation, American Bar Association (ABA) accredited, state accredited or unaccredited.

ABA accreditation – According to the American Bar Association, “Law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) provide a legal education which meets a minimum set of standards as promulgated by the ABA. Every jurisdiction in the United States has determined that graduates of ABA-approved law schools are able to sit for the bar in their respective jurisdictions. The role that the ABA plays as the national accrediting body has enabled accreditation to become unified and national in scope rather than fragmented, with the potential for inconsistency, among the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico,

and other territories. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is the United States Department of Education recognized accrediting agency for programs that lead to the first professional degree in law. The law school approval process established by the Council is designed to provide a careful and comprehensive evaluation of a law school and its compliance with the Standards for Approval of Law Schools.”

State accreditation – Most states have their own accreditation process and in most cases give accreditation status to ABA accredited schools. However, there are many law schools that for one reason or another do not meet all of the ABA accredition requirements. Some of these schools, however, do meet the states requirements. Note: State requirements can vary by state. If a school meets state requirements it can apply to that state for state accreditation.

Unaccredited – According to the California Bar Association “An unaccredited law school is one operating as a law school in the State of California that is neither accredited nor approved by the Committee, but must be registered with the Committee and comply with the requirements contained in Rules XIX and XX of the Admission Rules, applicable provisions of the California Rules of Court and relevant sections of the California Business and Professions Code. A law school operating wholly outside of California is unaccredited unless it has applied for and received accreditation from the Committee or is provisionally or fully approved by the American Bar Association.”

Rules in many other states are the same.

Most states require that you meet certain requirements prior to being eligible to take their bar examination. The California Bar states “To be eligible to take the California Bar Examination, one must have completed at least two years of college before beginning the study of law or must have passed certain specified College Level Equivalency Program examinations before beginning law study and must have graduated from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California or have completed four years of law study at an unaccredited or correspondence law school registered with the Committee or studied law in a law office or judge’s chambers in accordance with

the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California.” Most states have similar requirements.

The foregoing suggests that many states will not allow, non ABA accredited out of state law school graduates to take their bar examination, unless they attended school in that state or a school that is certified by that state. Therefore students graduating from non ABA accredited law schools may not be allowed to practice in any state other than the state they attended school. Note: Some states have reciprocal agreements with other states allowing attorneys registered in one state to become a member of the bar in another state without taking a bar examination in the new state.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, there are many fine law schools in this country that are not ABA accredited. Additionally, many ABA accredited schools do not offer night time or part time classes. Finally, there are many more applicants that spaces available in ABA accredited schools, forcing many good students to attend other schools. Therefore, accreditation should not be your only criteria in choosing a law school or in deceiding whether or not to hire a particular law school graduate.

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