A Sheffield Law Degree
The University of Sheffield is one of the UK's top 10 research Law schools (Research Excellence Framework, 2014), attracting national and international researchers and they are ranked 64th in the world for Law (THE World University Rankings 2022). Students will be taught by academics, some of whom are practising legal professionals, that are researching at the cutting edge of law and criminology. Sheffield's commitment to research-informed teaching means their discoveries become yours, as this research filters into teaching.
Benefits of studying in Sheffield:
- Law degrees (LLB and MA Law) are recognized by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) as satisfying many core aspects of the common law knowledge required to practise in Canada
- Studying in Sheffield is cost-effective and students qualify quicker as our undergraduate degrees are 3 years in length and Masters degrees between 1-2 years
- No Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Option to study Law straight from High School
- There are postgraduate options whether you already have a Law degree or not - MA Law and LLM
Practical work experience
The University of Sheffield has a wide range of opportunities for students to gain practical work experience within the field of Law during their studies. They have a dedicated pro bono centre offering students a range of practical experiences. Students will have the opportunity to work in our FreeLaw Clinic, fight injustice with their Criminal Justice Initiative and Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, and gain work experience with their commercial clinic for start-up businesses, CommLaw, delivering legal advice on commercial legal issues. Students can also provide practice support to litigants in person with Support Through Court and have the opportunity to get involved with local projects and charities such as Victim Support and Citizen’s Advice Sheffield.
University of Sheffield student-led legal advice clinics benefit the local community, whilst providing valuable real-world experience for our students. These include:
- Pro Bono schemes
- Mooting - With Sheffield's very own Moot Court, the School of Law takes part in national and international competitions, allowing students to meet members of the judiciary as well as giving students the chance to win mini-pupillages.
- Employability and professional skills support from lawyers within the Law School and external lawyers
- Study abroad opportunities at Undergraduate level at one of the 92 partner universities across 35 different countries.
A law or criminology degree at Sheffield opens up a range of potential career paths. For those wishing to pursue a legal career, many of Sheffield's students enter the legal profession as solicitors or barristers - joining, for example, the Crown Prosecution Service, City law firms as well as local firms and barristers chambers. Three Lord Justices of Appeal are among their former graduates and they regularly visit to support the university. Thanks to their partnership with the University of Law, upon completion of Sheffield's LLB courses, students will be eligible to take their LLM Legal Practice (SQE1 & 2) in Sheffield or Bar Professional Training course for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales, either as a solicitor or barrister.
In addition to law, students have taken up careers in criminal justice, e.g. in probation services, and in a wide range of managerial professions.
Undergraduate Degrees (LLB and BA)
Holders of an accredited Canadian High School Diploma with between 80-85% in 5 subjects at Grade 12, will be considered for direct admission to the first year of undergraduate programmes in the School of Law.
Exact grade requirements may vary slightly from one province to another. Subject-specific requirements may also apply.
More information is available about the exact entry requirements for your province.
Master’s Degrees (LLM and MA)
Holders of a bachelor's degree with high grades (typically 3.0/4 or equivalent) from an accredited Canadian university or college will be considered for direct admission to a postgraduate diploma or master's programme.
LLM Law and MA International Criminology
Holders of a bachelor's degree with high grades (typically 3.0/4 or equivalent) in law or a subject with a sufficient legal component from an accredited Canadian university or college will be considered for direct admission to a postgraduate diploma or masters programme.
Fees and Scholarships
Fees can be found on the relevant course page.
Sheffield has scholarships for international students worth up to a 50% discount in tuition fees. For more information, please visit their scholarships pages.
What students say
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