What is the difference between a Juris Doctor (JD) and an LLB (Bachelor of Laws)?
An LLB is historically a degree that is taken right out of high school, which is still common in the UK; a JD, which is common in the United States, is entered after the completion of a bachelor's degree. For this program, you enter the LLB at Sussex after two years of your BA at Laurier.
Where will I live while attending Sussex?
Students attending Sussex from Laurier are guaranteed access to university-managed accommodation in their first year, as long as they submit their application and deposit by the deadline and make Sussex their firm choice on their application. In your subsequent years at Sussex, you can choose to live off campus in the town of Brighton, or reapply to live in the university residences.
Is this considered a double-degree program?
This is not a double-degree program through Laurier. The University of Sussex will deliver and award the LLB degree; Laurier will deliver and award the honours BA degree in Criminology, Human Rights and Human Diversity, Law and Society, or Political Science.
What types of law can I study in the University of Sussex's LLB program?
Students will spend their first two years at Sussex studying all areas of law, providing them with a firm foundation in commonwealth law. In their third and final year of the program, students can choose to focus their studies in a particular law module, or continue exploring all areas of the law. Some of the current Sussex Law modules include: Aspects of Personal Property Law, Environmental Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Hate Crime and the Law, International Business Transactions, Public International Law, and Sports Law, just to name a few. To view a full list of the available modules, visit the University of Sussex website and select ‘Year 3 at Sussex: Modules List’.
Am I guaranteed admission to the Sussex Law School by being accepted into Laurier’s LLB and BA program?
Students who meet the progression and eligibility requirements may apply to the Sussex law degree program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to Law School. If you do not meet the progression and eligibility requirements for the program, you will continue in your honours BA program at Laurier.
Will I have to write the LSAT exam in order to attend law school at the University of Sussex?
No. One of the perks of studying in this program is that you do not have to spend time or money on the LSAT exam. As long as you meet the progression and eligibility requirements in our program, you’ll be admitted into the University of Sussex’s Law program.
How much is a year’s tuition for Law School at Sussex?
The amount of tuition a Canadian student can expect to pay for Law School at the University of Sussex in 2016/17 is approximately $31,000 CAD per year (At current January 2016 exchange rates and equivalent to £14,800 in 2015). This rate is comparable with the top Ontario Law Schools. We suggest that you research the costs of any university that you are planning to attend. You can learn more about the cost of tuition at Laurier on our "Paying For it All" page.
Can I use the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to help pay for my expenses while studying at the University of Sussex?
Yes. Ontario residents can use OSAP funding to assist in paying for their expenses while studying at the University of Sussex. That being said, when you are studying abroad at Sussex, you will only be eligible for the federal government portion of OSAP funding. You will not be granted the provincial funding which is only provided for students studying at an Ontario institution. In order to receive OSAP funding, you must apply each year on the OSAP website. The application opens in May. We suggest that you apply as soon as you have determined what school you will be attending the following fall to receive your funding early enough to assist in paying for your tuition and living expenses.
Does the University of Sussex offer any scholarships for international students coming from Canada?
Yes. The University of Sussex does have scholarships available specifically for international undergraduate students.
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