Canadian students at Birmingham Law School

Birmingham is one of the most popular law schools in the UK for Canadian students. We have almost 50 Canadian students currently studying our range of LLB, LLM and research degree programmes.

Students studying on the Birmingham Campus

Birmingham Law School has a long history of welcoming students from Canada. In particular, our LLB and LLB for Graduates programmes are very popular with Canadian students. England and Canada share a Common Law heritage and much of what is taught on each country’s law courses is similar. Many Canadian students find studying in the UK a time and cost effective way to gain a Law degree that contributes towards the accreditation process on returning to Canada to practice. After completing their LLB, many of our graduates also decide to do an LLM within the School.

As well as being one of the top 100 law schools in the world as ranked by both the 2017 QS World Rankings and Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, Birmingham has academic members of staff from Canada, including Dr Samantha Schnobel, a former Birmingham LLB and PhD student. We have also introduced a module in Canadian Constitutional Law specifically for our Canadian cohort. Canadian students also benefit from a fantastic student experience, from Canadian societies to bespoke newsletters and careers support. You can find out more in the sections below. 

Entry requirements

LLB programmes

The entry requirements for our 3-year LLB programmes by province are detailed below: 

  • Ontario:  85% overall in 6 grade12 Secondary School Diploma courses 
  • British Colombia: grade 12 Senior Secondary Diploma with an average of at least 90%  in 5 grade 12 subjects or Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma, if awarded, with at least BBBBB or above in acceptable grade 12 courses 
  • Manitoba - High School Graduation Diploma with an overall average of 85%, including 5 credits awarded at the 300 level in at least 4 subject areas, and at least 65% in each subject 
  • Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northern W. T., Nova Scotia, Nunavut, P. Edward Island, Saskatchewan: General High School Diploma with an overall average of 85% in 5 subjects at grade 12 
  • Québec: Diplôme d'études Collégiales (DEC) with an overall average of 85%  
  • Yukon: Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with an overall average of at least 85% in 5 grade 12 subjects (including provincial examinations where applicable)

LLB for Graduates

For entry to our LLB for Graduates programme, we require a B+ average or GPA of 3.0/4 in any non-law degree subject. 

LLM programmes

A B+ average or a GPA of 3.0/4 in an LLB programme is required for entry to our LLMs. 

Accreditation 

Canadian LLB students will be required to sit a number of challenge exams when returning to Canada in order to fulfil the requirements set out by the Federation of Canadian Law Societies' National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).

Most Canadian students from Birmingham choose to prepare for their challenge examinations through self-study, where the NCA provides a syllabus and students study at home. Tests take place 4 times each year, in January, May, August and October, and are marked as pass/fail. Most students will complete their challenge exams within 6 - 12 months of returning to Canada.

  • Students completing our 2-year LLB for Graduates with a 2:2 or above (equivalent to a C in Canada) in all modules generally have to sit 7 challenge exams.
  • Students completing a 3-year LLB programme with a 2:2 or above (equivalent to a C in Canada) in all modules generally have to sit 5 challenge exams. Students taking a 3-year LLB straight from high school will also have additional challenge exams set by the NCA.

Full details of the requirements can be found in the NCA's policy and guidelines.

The above information is for guidance purposes. We recommend that students carry out their own research and check with the legal associations in the jurisdictions they wish to practise in for the most up to date information as the regulations may change. 

As a Birmingham Law School student, you will benefit from our Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research, which offers a range of opportunities to increase your experience of law in action and enhance your employability, including  International Law Week. International Law Week is a series of talks on practicing in other jurisdictions, including Canada. In 2017, Birmingham Law School alumni, Barbara O de Dios delivered a presentation via Skype on her law career in Canada. 

Student life at Birmingham

The mix of people, nationalities and cultures within Birmingham Law School greatly enriches the learning and teaching environment. When choosing to study at the University of Birmingham you can be assured that you will have access to all the necessary support services to make your time here fun and enjoyable, as well as educational.

Student Experience Officer

Ben Atkins is the Student Experience Officer for Birmingham Law School and our international students. His role is to ensure you make the most of your time at Birmingham.

In particular, Ben organises International Welcome Week - a week of induction and social activities on arrival in Birmingham to help you settle into your time here. Ben also produces a weekly newsletter detailing opportunities in the Law School and beyond, including an annual Canadian edition. 

Canadian Law Society

Canadian students at Birmingham Law School have set up their own society, organising events throughout the year. To find out more, you can contact the group through its Facebook page.

Ice Hockey

The University has an ice hockey club, Birmingham Lions, which boasts three teams playing in British university leagues and competitions. Please visit the Birmingham Lions website for more information. 

Accommodation

We want you to feel at home while you are studying at Birmingham. For peace of mind when relocating around the world, we offer an accommodation guarantee scheme to our international students. Please read our terms and conditions for more information.

Advice and support

All members of Law academic staff have office hours set aside each week for students to meet them on a 1-1 basis, meaning that they are always available if you need further clarification or assistance with your studies. On arrival, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you with any welfare or academic issues.

There is also lots of advice and support on offer from our International Student Advisory Service, both during the application process and throughout your stay in Birmingham. 

Student profiles

We asked some of our Canadian students to tell us about their experiences at Birmingham. To view their comments, please follow the links below:

Scholarships

Birmingham Law School offers a range of scholarships to its international students each year. Please see our scholarships section for further information.

The University also offers scholarships, including country-specific scholarships. More information on the scholarships available and further advice on funding your degree, including details of loans available for Canadian students, can be found on our international fees and funding pages. 

Visits

Birmingham Law School visits Canada in September/October and March each year, running information sessions across the country.

We will be visiting the Ontario region at the end of September 2017. Please see below for the events currently confirmed:

  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September: Go Global Expo at Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Tuesday 26 September: Careers Fair at Queen’s University, Kingston
  • Wednesday 27 September: Information session at York University, Toronto
  • Thursday 28 September: Graduate and Professional Schools Fair, University of Toronto - Scarborough 

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding studying Law at Birmingham, please email us on either law-llb@bham.ac.uk or law-llm@bham.ac.uk. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)121 414 6431.

Further information