With over 250 Canadian students which account for 20% of our total population, Leicester Law School has the largest number of Canadian students of any other UK law school. We have over 10 years of experience teaching Canadian students and supporting them with their return to Canada to practice law. The study of law in the UK is similar to Canada due to the common law heritage and we welcome Canadian students to study a qualifying law degree with us immediately after high school or after they have completed an undergraduate degree.
Our LLB Senior Status is a fast track graduate entry programme for students who already have an undergraduate degree and is particularly popular with Canadians as it allows graduates to qualify with a law degree in only 2 years. Students can also study our 3 year LLB Law degree straight after completing high school which is the common route to studying law for UK students. All Canadian students starting with us in 2017 will receive the University of Leicester Canadian Entry Scholarship of a 10% tuition fee reduction each academic year.
Support for Canadian students
Support for Canadian law students at the University of Leicester is second to none amongst UK universities. We have a long history of taking Canadian students and our students are supported with their academic studies and their return to Canada to practice law from their very first week with us. Sessions are held throughout the year to provide guidance on making the transition to a legal career in Canada and workshops help students to prepare their resume for law firms. Students are kept up-to-date with information about gaining accreditation through the National Committee on Accreditation in Canada and in November 2016 the Managing Director of the NCA, Deborah Wolfe, spoke to students about the process. We also arrange for students’ transcripts to be sent directly to the NCA upon graduation. Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of British Columbia also visit us to give presentations on their LLM courses as a route gaining accreditation to practice law in Canada.
Students can get hands-on experience debating issues of Canadian law through the National University of Leicester Canadian Law Mooting Competition which we launched in 2014. Students compete against teams from other UK Universities in front of a panel of judges and experts from the UK and Canada. By joining the Pro Bono society, students can become advisors for the free legal advice clinic and get experience of giving legal advice for real-life cases under the supervision of a practicing solicitor.
Each student is also given a personal tutor who is a member of academic staff that they can go to for advice and support on both academic and personal issues throughout their degree.
Canadian Law Society
The student-run Canadian Law Society is an important part of any Canadian student’s time with us. The Society organises a wide range of activities including social events, academic workshops, career development and personal support. Recent activities have included attending a hearing at the House of Lords, a mooting masterclass and civil claims workshops emphasizing Canadian practical skills. Guest Speakers who have visited the Law School include Constance Sugiyama, leading Canadian Corporate Lawyer and member of the Order of Canada and Peter MacKay, then Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Canada. Social events are organised throughout the year including trips to the local ice rink in Nottingham, a Thanksgiving dinner and hosting the after-party for the annual Law Ball. Visit their website to learn more about their activities and for information about coming to Leicester from their own experiences.
Entry requirements and applications
You can find information about our entry requirements on our course pages for ‘LLB Law’ and ‘LLB Law - Senior Status’. We do not require students to have taken the LSAT or LNAT. If you are unsure if your qualifications meet our entry requirements then please contact us (link to email email@example.com).
All applications to UK universities are made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You will need to submit an online application form with information about yourself including your personal details, your academic achievements, a personal statement and a reference. The deadline for applications is 30 June each year but we recommend that you apply as early as you can. There is guidance on how to complete an application on the UCAS website.
Once we have received your application from UCAS, we will decide if we can make you an offer to study with us. There are different types of offers that you can be made and the UCAS website has detailed information about what these mean.
Fees and scholarships
Information on the tuition fees for international students is available on our course pages for ‘LLB Law’ and ‘LLB Law - Senior Status. Leicester Law School is also offering scholarships to our Canadian students. All Canadian students starting in 2017 will receive the Canadian Entry Scholarship (10% tuition fee discount each year) and will be able to apply for the Canadian Excellence Scholarship (competitive £3000 tuition fee discount each year).
Living costs for students at the University of Leicester are generally low and are estimated to be an average of £850 per month which includes accommodation, food, bills, social occasions etc. The University has a webpage with further information about living costs as a student.
All first year students who apply by 1 September are guaranteed a place in University allocated accommodation. There are a variety of options available to suit all needs including catered, self-catered, single rooms, shared bathrooms and studio apartments. Find out more about the range of University accommodation here.
There are also plenty of options for students wanting to stay in private accommodation in Leicester.