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To go to law school in England do I need an undergraduate law degree (LLB)?

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Maybe this is a UK vs international terminology thing, but as far as I understand it, "law school" here in the UK primarily *is* studying an undergraduate LLB law degree, so you obviously don't need one to get in, but you'll most likely have gotten one by the time you finish.

Maybe by "law school" you mean postgraduate law study, such as a one-year Master of Laws (LLM)? In that case, I believe most universities accept entrants with any undergraduate degree, not just law, although most students will have LLBs.

If you want to practice law in the UK, the LLB is more important than the LLM. The standard academic route into UK law is LLB followed by a period of legal work experience. A LLM is not required, although might help if your LLB grade is poor or you're specializing in a particular in-depth field of law.

While getting an LLM with a different undergraduate degree (rather than an LLB) is possible if you're interested in law, it's not a qualifying route to legal practice. You may be able to qualify by other routes - I understand there's a route so that with enough work experience it's possible to qualify as a lawyer without any university education at all - but overwhelmingly an LLB is the way to go.

Joseph recommends the following next steps:

Have a read of https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/law-sector/how-to-become-a-lawyer
Look up specific advice for overseas students such as https://ca.studyacrossthepond.com/uk-law-schools
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