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General Questions

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 BSc 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.

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.’

Program Questions

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 BSc degree in Honours Science.

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 BSc degree in Honours Science 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.

Tuition and Finance Questions

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 2020/21 is approximately $31,000 CAD per year (at current November 2019 exchange rates and equivalent to £18,500). Laurier students who go to Sussex as part of the BSc+LLB program receive a 15% tuition discount for their first year of study only. The discount is worth approximately $4,600 CAD.

Learn more about the cost of tuition at Laurier.

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 and search for the University of Sussex when asked to select your school. Your application will be processed directly by OSAP and any inquires related to your OSAP processing for the time that you are at the University of Sussex will need to go through the Ministry directly. The application opens the spring before the fall term start. 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.


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