Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

International Undergraduates

Member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Russell group (which consist of leading research-intensive universities).

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Our cosmopolitan atmosphere at the School of Law attracts many international students every year. The majority of our international students study LLB Law and have their sights set on a career in the legal profession but we also provide the knowledge, skills and support to enable them to enter other types of graduate employment should they wish to do so. Take a look at our undergraduate degrees to discover how we help them to succeed.

Life in Leeds

With a vibrant international community, a fantastic students' union, the highest international student support satisfaction in the Russell Group and guaranteed accommodation you are sure to love your time in Leeds. Discover more about living in Leeds.

Studying Law in Leeds

Learning, teaching and assessment styles and practices can vary greatly from one country to another. At Leeds we have various systems in place for international students including language support and special tutorials for essay writing.

The Student View

To really get a feel for studying and living in Leeds, take a look at some of our student profiles for their views.

Meet us

We have offices in some countries where our advisors are always happy to help. In addition we have certain approved agents and our UK-based staff regularly visit education fairs and schools or universities all over the world.

Alternatively, if you are planning to visit the UK, find out more about visiting the campus.

Our typical A-level offer is AAA-AAB but we also welcome equivalent international qualifications. Listed below are some of the most common qualifications we encounter although we do accept many others. If you do not see your country or qualification please contact us for further information.

For our 2 year LLB (which is a graduate conversion degree) we require an undergraduate degree of at least 2:1 level, or with a GPA of at least 3.

Canada

Entry requirements vary depending on province so please contact us for more information. As an example, students from Ontario are required to have four grade 12 subjects at least 80% and two grade 12 subjects at at least 70% from the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including a minimum of 70% in English at grade 12, and with an overall average of at least 80%.

Hong Kong

We require at least 4 subjects, including Maths and English plus 2 electives. We require grades 554 in the two electives plus one further subject, plus at least 4 in English (if not taking IELTS) and no lower than 3 in any subject.

India

Overall average of 80% from grade 12 with 80% in English (or another English language qualification - see below).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

35 points overall with 6,6,5 (for AAA programmes) or 6,5,5 (for AAB programmes) at Higher Level. Plus an English Language qualification, see below (or 5 points in IB English).

Malaysia

AAAABB from the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) or AAB from Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). Plus Malaysian SPM 1119 English paper at grade B (or another English language qualification - see below).

NCUK

AAB + B in Key Skills or English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Singapore

AAB from 3 H2’s. Plus Singaporean H1 General Paper grade B (or another English language qualification - see below).

USA

At least 600 from each component of SATR plus grades 5, 5, 5 from APs. 

West Indies/Caribbean

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE): 1,1,2. Plus an English language qualification - see below.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to achieve one of the following:

  • GCSE: grade B in English Language.
  • IELTS: overall score of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component.
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based): 92 with not less than 23 in speaking, 21 in reading, 22 in writing and 21 in listening.

The university's Language Centre provides pre-sessional language courses for those who might need extra preparation or slightly miss the above requirements. Find out more about the Language Centre.

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Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for academically able international students who wish to study at a British University but do not yet have the qualifications they need to start an undergraduate degree programme.

It allows you to study the relevant subjects that you will need for your undergraduate degree programme and helps you to develop the study skills that you will need as an undergraduate student.

Find out more about the International Foundation Year.

Our Law degrees provide a range of transferable skills and knowledge which, along with studying in another country, will really broaden your horizons. We know that many of our international LLB students wish to achieve practicing status in their home country; in order to attain this some further country-specific training is required. Below are rough guides for some of the places we deal with most frequently but we recommend that you also do your own research before applying.

Canada

LLB Law (3 year programme)

Once you have graduated from our LLB you will need to requalify in Canada.

  1. You must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for a Certificate of Qualification. In order to receive this Certificate you will need to undertake further legal education in order to practice in Canada (details below).
  2. You must then apply to the law society in the province or territory in which you wish to become admitted (with the exception of Quebec as this operates a different system).

LLB Law (2 year graduate programme)

Graduates of our two year LLB Law graduate programme qualify in a similar way to those on the three year LLB programme. See above and below for details.

Gaining accreditation from the NCA

The NCA evaluates the credentials of law graduates who have qualified overseas and who wish to become a member of the Bar in Canada. If you wish to practice law in Canada, the NCA will evaluate your legal training and professional experience to determine the scope and extent of any further legal education you must complete to equal the Canadian common law LLB degree.

If you select Evidence and Company Law as optional modules during your Leeds LLB you may avoid NCA examinations in these topics.

The scope of the NCA’s requirements vary depending on a number of factors: whether you are taking the two or three year LLB programme; the subject matter you studied; your marks; and any professional experience you have acquired. Leeds graduates will either be required to pass examinations in specified areas of Canadian law (via self-study) or take further courses at a Canadian Law school.

Upon completion of these examinations an NCA Certificate of Qualification is issued, allowing you to progress to a Bar Admission Course (BAC) on the same footing as a graduate of a Canadian common law school.

Further information can be obtained from the NCA website

Hong Kong

To be eligible for admission in the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) students are required to take 11 core subjects within their LLB programme. If you study the following modules at Leeds you may cover some of these required 11 core subjects: Contract, Tort, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Land Law and Equity (these are all compulsory modules on the Leeds degree); Evidence, and Commercial Law  (available as optional modules on the Leeds degree); and Company Law which may be accepted as the equivalent of the required core subject of Business Associations.

You will be required to demonstrate competence in any subjects that have no equivalent on the Leeds LLB programmes in the Hong Kong Conversion Examination for PCLL Admission. This will include Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure.

In addition you must take three ‘top up subjects’: Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Hong Kong Land Law, and Hong Kong Legal System. This can be done in a number of ways. Further information is available here.

India

Our LLB Law degree is recognised by the Bar Council of India.

Full information can here found on The Bar Council of India website.

Kenya

You are required to have studied 16 core subjects when undertaking an LLB; not all of these are covered in Leeds. Consequently you will need to undertake the Pre-Kenya School of Law Core Courses Compliance Programme offered by Riara Law School after graduating from Leeds. For information on how to gain admission onto this programme please visit the Kenya School of Law website.

Having completed the programme at Riara, you will then need to undertake the Advocates Training Programme at the Kenya School of Law. This comprises 12 months in house and 6 months pupillage.

Malaysia

Following graduation you can either progress to a Bar Professional Training Course in the UK or the Certificate of Legal Practice in Malaysia.

Details on how to qualify as an advocate and solicitor can be found from the Malaysian Bar website.

Singapore

Our LLB Law degree is recognised by the Bar Council of Singapore.

Full admissions requirements can be found on the Ministry of Law website.

Applying

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The School of Law is pleased to offer scholarships to international students of high academic ability. Click on the scholarships below for more information.

International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

Entrance scholarships are worth £2500 for international students commencing their undergraduate studies in the School in September 2015.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must fulfil the following criteria.

  • you must be classified as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes.
  • you must have achieved 3 A’s at A level or the equivalent.

Foundation year students from IFY and NCUK are also eligible.*

Scholarships will be awarded automatically for the first year of the undergraduate programme - no application is required.

The International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction.

Students whose fees are paid by a sponsor are not eligible for this scholarship.

*Please contact us for other eligible schemes.

International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

The School of Law offers Merit Scholarships to international students who achieve an outstanding academic performance on undergraduate programmes at Leeds.

The scholarships are worth £2500 and are awarded in the second and third years, based on the performance in the first and second years of the course.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must fulfil the following criteria.

  • you must be enrolled on years 2 or 3 of our undergraduate programmes in September 2015.
  • you must be classified as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes.
  • you must have achieved at least a 60% average in your preceding  year of  study.

All eligible students will be automatically considered for these scholarships (this includes students on the LLB graduate programme) - no application is required.

The International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction in the following year of study.

Students whose fees are paid by a sponsor are not eligible for this scholarship.

The Merit Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the Entrance Scholarship.

INTI/HELP/Taylor’s Scholarships

INTI/HELP/Taylors scholarships are worth £1500 for international students who are progressing directly onto our LLB Law course in September 2015.

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must fulfil the following criteria.

  • you must be progressing onto our LLB course from either: INTI International University; HELP University or Taylor’s University.
  • you must be on a 1+2 or a 2+1 model.
  • you must be classified as international/overseas for tuition fee purposes.

All eligible students will be automatically considered for these scholarships - no application is required.

The INTI/HELP/Taylors Scholarship will take the form of a tuition fee reduction.

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