a level requirements for a law degree

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a level requirements for a law degree
The High Court in London is where law students aspire to work. (royal courts of justice image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

Law degrees or LLB, as they are known in the UK, are offered at universities across the country and take three years to complete when studying full-time. They cover the foundations of legal knowledge including Public Law, European Union Law, Criminal Law, Property Law and Obligations. Those wanting to secure a place on a law course within the UK will require a strong academic school record.


There are no specific A-level(Advanced level) qualifications to study a law degree within the UK. Universities accept students with scientific and humanities-based subjects alike. Ssme universities actually prefer their students to be as rounded as possible with a mixture of both. Most of the top universities will prefer students who have taken the more traditional academic A-levels such as math, English, Greek, Latin, modern languages, history, geography and the sciences. Subjects which are known as soft subjects such as art and design, communications, business studies, media studies and travel and tourism are not looked upon favourably, particularly by the top-tier UK universities. Law is also discouraged by some law departments, as they believe it results in students performing badly at university level.


Law is an extremely competitive subject at university level, and most top-tier universities will require students to have GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and a minimum of three A-levels at A grade. The lower and mid-tier universities will require lower grades, but, due to the competitive nature of law courses, they will still be higher than grades required for other degree courses offered at these universities.

Other Considerations

In addition to getting good grades at A-level, students should try to gain some form of work experience before they apply to university. This can either be done through the school or college that they attend. If this is not the case, then the best way to do it is through personal contacts. With the competitive nature of law degrees within the UK, anything that a candidate can do to broaden his experience and show his motivation, will improve his chances of securing a place at university.

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