Law (JD Pathway)

LLB, 2 years

This is for you if... you are a Canadian university graduate who wants to complete a law degree in only 2 years.

Course Description

This two-year accelerated qualifying law degree has been specially tailored to the needs of Canadian university graduates. 

You will develop your legal reasoning and problem solving skills whilst learning to apply both English and Canadian law in its context. By studying modules on ‘Foundations of Canadian Law’ and ‘Canadian Constitutional Law’, you will be equipped with a critical understanding of Canadian law, as well as prepared for the Canadian National Committee on Accreditation exams. This degree is recognised in the UK and Canada and will provide an excellent foundation to pursue a legal career in either country.

You will join our community of around 300 Canadian law students – the largest group in any UK university. Our student-run Canadian Law Society will not only support you during your time with us, but will also provide you with a wealth of opportunities to enhance your prospects as a law graduate. With over 10 years of experience supporting students with the transition to a legal career in Canada, we have the expertise to get you to where you want to go.

See our webpages for Canadian applicants to find out more about studying with us. 

Key Facts
UCAS code
Start date
September 2018
Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 229 7764

Leicester Law School website

Why Leicester?

Our dedicated law reference library is a traditional wood-panelled room with quiet study spaces and additional copies of the main law reports, statutes and journals.

You can gain meaningful work experience during your degree with the Legal Advice Clinic, which lets you work closely with a supervising solicitor and barrister.

Leicester Law School is ranked fourth for graduate employability in England. (Guardian League table 2018)

The Student Law Society is a large and dynamic body which organises  debating, mooting, negotiating and client interviewing opportunities as well as social activities.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will learn about the fundamental principles of the English legal system and study three of the seven foundational law subjects. You will also be introduced to the Canadian legal and governmental systems and the role of law in Canadian society. You will begin to build upon the academic skills acquired during your previous degree, as well as develop your legal reasoning.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second and final year you will complete your study of the seven foundation subjects, broadening your understanding of the English legal system and learning about the law of the European Union. You will study the Canadian Constitution and be introduced to its application in Canadian legal practice.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching consists mainly of lectures and small group tutorials, with introductory subjects being workshop based. You will also engage in independent study.

In the tutorials, you will engage with the lecture subjects in depth and learn through pair/group work, student presentations and debates. The tutorial is a good way to deepen your understanding of a subject, which will be brought to life through critical reflection on the content of the law. There are usually no more than eight students in each tutorial, giving you an opportunity to participate fully and have your voice heard. As the groups are small, you will get to know your tutors well during your studies.

With two lectures in each module per week and a tutorial once a fortnight, you will have approximately 12 contact hours a week whilst studying with us. The law degree is research based, so you will spend lots of time engaged in self-study or working in study groups.

We use web-based and electronic course materials to supplement traditional teaching methods and support student learning. There is easy access to computers both in the Law School itself and in the David Wilson Library next to the School. Our lectures are now recorded and uploaded to Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. You will also be able to access information about your courses and tutorials electronically.

Assessment methods include assessed essays and exams. 

Entry Requirements

You will need a Bachelors degree with at least a high 2:2, and usually a CGPA ranging from B+ to B-, depending on the institution from which you have applied.

No LNAT required - Unlike some universities, at Leicester we do not require applicants to have taken the National Admissions Test for Law. We are not convinced that LNAT scores provide any information we cannot get from your exam grades and school report.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Leicester Law School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU)offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard. 

Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

Two dedicated law careers tutors are on hand to discuss career options, upcoming opportunities and give advice about different firms.

Our Law Fair is held annually and attracts over 40 law firms and other graduate employers, as well as providers of the LPC, BPTC and LLM qualifications.

We host a wide range of external speakers every year, representing the whole legal profession.

You get the chance to develop your legal skills during the course:

  • The Legal Advice Clinic allows you to advise non-law students on legal issues (with support from academics and local solicitors).
  • The Miscarriages of Justice Project enables you to work on real-life potential miscarriages of justice, with a view to referring cases back to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
  • Your professional competencies can be enhanced by getting involved with the debating, client interviewing, negotiating and mooting activities, organised by the Student Law Society.

A law degree is also an excellent stepping stone to graduate roles in a wide variety of employment sectors. Many employers regard law graduates as well rounded with highly transferable skills like problem solving, constructing arguments, research and time management.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Law (JD Pathway) LLB 2 years, full-time M103 Apply Now
Law (JD Pathway)
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