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Law Degree (University of Sussex, UK) and Arts Degree (Laurier)


 waterloo |  brantford

Earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Laurier and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) in six years.

In this program, you'll complete your first two years in one of four Laurier BA programs: CriminologyHuman Rights and Human Diversity, Law and Society or Political Science. After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your BA. The final year at Laurier will provide you with an enriched program that will position you to successfully write the national accreditation exams leading to legal practice in Canada, or begin a rewarding career in a number of other law-related fields.

To progress through the program, and ultimately be admitted into the LLB program at Sussex, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 8 (equivalent to a B average) through your first two years at Laurier.

About the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex was founded during the 1960s in Brighton, which is on the south coast of the UK. Brighton is approximately 45 minutes away from the city of London, with trains leaving for London every 10-15 minutes. Gatwick Airport is less than a 30 minute drive to campus.

Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in the UK. Situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. The city of Brighton is a seaside town and a popular destination for tourists, with a lively nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.

Sussex has a strong reputation for excellence, and is in the top 20 universities in the UK and in the top 200 universities in the world. The campus size is equivalent to Laurier’s Waterloo campus, with more than 14,000 students in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. The Sussex Law School has approximately 1,000 students, with more than 100 of them being Canadian students.

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Program Highlights

  • Students who meet the GPA and eligibility requirements may apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam.
  • Complete both your honours LLB and BA in just six years.
  • You are guaranteed an offer for the law degree program, provided you meet progression requirements.
  • You will obtain a general law degree, but there are opportunities to take electives if you want to focus in a specific area such as international law.
  • The international component of the program will help you stand out in a competitive job market.
  • Study abroad and see the UK’s historic monuments, royal palaces, diverse countryside, and iconic landscapes.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • The Politics of Trade
  • Canadian Democracy
  • Famous Trials
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Criminal Law in Canada
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Rights in Canada: Rights, Freedoms and the Charter

Requirements

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 4.
  • IB Minimum Score: 30.

Careers

  • lawyer
  • government and politics
  • conflict resolution

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