Canadian students at Birmingham Law School

Birmingham is one of the most popular law schools in the UK for Canadian students. We have almost 90 Canadian students currently studying one of our LLB, LLM or research degree programmes.

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.

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 a Canadian society to bespoke 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 Columbia: grade 12 Senior Secondary Diploma with an average of at least 85% in 5 grade 12 subjects 
  • 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. Previously, 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

There is a Student Experience Officer for Birmingham Law School and our international students. Their role is to ensure you make the most of your time at Birmingham. They also produce a weekly newsletter detailing opportunities in the Law School and beyond.

Student societies 

Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham.

The University of Birmingham’s Canadian Society aims to bring together Canadian and non-Canadian students alike, in order to assist with career transition and promote Canadian culture. 

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 Team, both during the application process and throughout your stay in Birmingham. 

Graduate Perspectives

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

Representatives from Birmingham Law School usually visit Canada twice a year. We will share details of the next visit of 2019 once available. 

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