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US and UK law degrees recognized by the Bar Council of India

Study Abroad

Law courses abroad are a significant component of study overseas.

Now, law courses available vary from country to country. Likewise, the curriculum as well as the content covered is not the same across all foreign universities and law schools.

To be able to practise Law as a lawyer, the individual will have to qualify for and clear the Bar licensure exam.

To qualify for the Bar exam, the Law degree must have been obtained from a ‘recognized’ university.

International students taking up Law courses abroad – with the intention of either securing a good job overseas or establishing themselves as a renowned lawyer in their home country – after securing their Law degree, should bear in mind that the university must be recognized and accredited.

Only a Law course from a recognized and accredited university will enable the individual to –

  • Secure a good job, and
  • Qualify for the Bar licensure exam [both in India and abroad].

Without the university being accredited, the individual will not qualify for sitting their Bar licensure exam.

Hence, when embarking upon a study overseas journey that involves taking up a Law course, always ensure that the university has the requisite recognition.

Here, we shall see the Universities in the US and the UK whose Law Degrees are recognized by the Bar Council of India [BCI.

[A] The United States of America

A bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational requirement for admission to a law school. As the US accepts 4 years’ Bachelor degree, it is advisable to complete LLB in home country.

How can I get a law degree in the US?
  • Complete a Bachelor’s Degree program.
  • Clear the Law School Admission Test [LSAT].
  • Shortlist law schools.
  • Complete the admission procedure.
  • Secure admission.
  • Earn a Juris Doctor degree.
  • Pass the Bar examination.
LSAT Registration – open from November 10, 2020 to April 20, 2021

Exam Date – May 10, 2021

Universities in the US whose Law degrees are recognized by the Bar Council of India [BCI]
Name of the University  Degrees Offered 
Cornell Law School Doctor of Law Degree [JD]
University of Texas Doctor of Jurisprudence
Georgetown University Juris Doctor
South Western University Juris Doctor
University of Michigan Juris Doctor
Syracuse University College of Law, New York, USA Juris Doctor
Marshall The School of Law of the College of William And Mary, Virginia, USA Juris Doctor
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University Juris Doctor
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington LLB
University of Wisconsin Juris Doctor
University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia LLB
Fordham University, New York Juris Doctor
University of California, Berkeley 3-year law degree [Juris Doctor]
School of Law, Santa Clara University, California Juris Doctor
School of Law, Loyola University, Chicago Juris Doctor
School of Law, Hofstra University, New York Juris Doctor

[B] The United Kingdom

What is the documentation required to apply for an undergraduate law degree in the UK?
  • High School qualification [A Levels or equivalent]
  • Grades from a previous education
  • English language proficiency test results
  • National Admission Test for Law [LNAT] score
  • Motivational Letter

The LNAT test can be taken on any day that there is an appointment slot free at the test center you have chosen.

The earlier you book, the more chance you have of getting an appointment on the day of your choice.

LNAT registration opens – August 1, 2020

Can appear for LNAT either on or before January 15, 2021

Universities in the UK whose Law degrees are recognized by the Bar Council of India [BCI]
Name of the University Degrees Offered
Leicester University LLB
Inns of Courts School of Law 3-year law course
Council for National Academic Awards BA in Law and LLB [Hons]
Buckingham University LLB
Hull University LLB
City University of London LLB [Hons]
Leeds University LLB
Oxford University LLB
London University LLB
Thames Valley University LLB [Hons]
Cambridge University BA in Law
University of Birmingham LLB
University of Wales College of Cardiff LLB
University of Hertfordshire LLB [Hons]
University of Lancaster LLB
University of Liverpool LLB
University of Durham LLB
University of Bristol LLB
University of Warwick LLB
Nottingham University LLB [Hons]
East Anglia University LLB [Hons]
Bangor University LLB
University of Manchester LLB
The University of Wolverhampton School of Legal Studies LLB [Hons]
Kingston University LLB
Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury LLB [Hons]
School of Law, University of Sheffield, UK LLB [Hons]
School of Law, University of Southampton LLB [Hons]
School of Law, University of East London LLB [Hons]
Brunel Law School, Brunel University, West London LLB
University of Westminster LLB
Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne 3-year and 5-year undergraduate law courses
School of Law, Birmingham City University LLB [Hons]
School of Law, Swansea University, Swansea, UK LLB [Hons]
Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston 3-year graduate-entry LLB [Hons] Senior Status/LPC,

6-year undergraduate entry BA [Hons] Combined law subject, LLB [Hons] Senior Status/LPC

BPP University College, London Law degree
School of Law, University of Exeter, UK Law degrees
School of Law, University of Northampton, UK LLB
School of Law, University of Reading, UK LLB [Hons]
Prifysgol Aberystwyth University- Department Of Law And Criminology, Anglais Campus, Ceredigion Wales, UK LLB
Anglia Law School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK LLB
School of Law, Sussex University, Brighton, UK 3-year LLB [Hons]
Law School, University Of Bristol, Bristol, UK 3-year LLB [Hons]

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