We have a long history of welcoming Canadian students to study Law at Birmingham and are one of the most popular UK universities for Canadians. We have Canadian students studying at all levels within Birmingham Law School, including on our LLBs, LLMs and research degrees.
The LLB and LLB for Graduates programmes are extremely popular course with Canadian Students. England and Canada share a Common Law heritage and much of what you will learn is similar to what is taught on Canadian Law programmes. We have also introduced a module in Canadian Constitutional Law specifically for our Canadian cohort. After completing their LLB many of our graduates decide to continue on to an LLM programme within the school.
The Law School visits Canada in October and March each year running information sessions across the country. Information about our October 2017 visit will be available here once confirmed.
When you're reading through your text-books you often see your lecturer's name in the footnotes and that is an exciting part of studying here (Jessica-Leigh Knowles, LLB for Graduates)
Accreditation in Canada
Canadian students taking the LLB programmes 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 provide a syllabus and students study at home. Tests take place four times each year, in January, May, August and October, and are marked as pass/fail. Most students will complete their challenge exams within 6 months to a year after returning to Canada.
- Students completing the 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
- Graduate students completing the 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 the 3-year LLB stright from high school will also have additional challenge exams set by the NCA.
Full details of the requirements can be found through the NCA's policy and guidelines.
Canadian Law Society
Canadian students within the Law School have set up their own society organising events throughout the year. Interested students can contact the group through their facebook page.
Ice Hockey team
The University has an Ice Hockey Team - The Birmingham Lions, which boasts two teams both playing in British Universities leagues. To find out more about the club, please visit the Birmingham Lions website.
We asked some of our Canadian students to tell us about their experiences at Birmingham, to view their comments please follow the links below.
- 85% average in grade 12 across a minimum of 6 subject areas.
Postgraduate programmes (LLM)
- Average of a B+ in an LLB programme, we will also consider applicants who have achieved a B average or GPA of 3.0/4.
- B+ average in any degree subject, this generally equates to a 3.2/4 GPA and we are willing to consider applicants from students with a B average or GPA of 3.0/4.
We offer a range of school specific scholarships each year. For details please click on the appropriate link below.