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Study a graduate program in law

What will I study in a graduate law program?

A graduate degree in law has traditionally been one of the most well-respected qualifications you can gain. It is the next step in progressing into a career in the legal sector and becoming a practicing solicitor or barrister.

On a postgraduate law program you will be expected to have a good knowledge of the law and how to apply it in a practical sense. A graduate program in law will expand on this knowledge and allow you to specialise in a particular field.

Length of program

The length of a law graduate program depends on where you study. Masters programs last the following duration in each country:

  • UK – One year full time/two year part time
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 2-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for a graduate law program vary widely from country to country and even between individual universities.

To study law at postgraduate level, in most cases, you will require to have an undergraduate law degree and proven your skills in the field.

Career development

The majority of people with postgraduate law degrees go on to work in the legal profession. Like medicine the path to becoming a legal professional is different all around the world.  In most cases this requires some additional experience and training.
Professional law qualifications cannot always be easily transferred between different countries.

A postgraduate law degree doesn’t necessarily tie you into a career in the legal profession with the skills learned being extremely useful in a number of other professions including accountancy, human resources, and finance.

Fees and funding

The cost of law graduate programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £3,400 - £25,000
  • USA - $35,000 - $60,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 22,000-34,000 (Application fee of RMB 400-800)

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