Transfer Law degree (Japan) to UK


Hi,
My wife (Romanian) has a law degree from a japanese university (current residence), and we wish to move back to the UK. She has an undergraduate (4 year) degree with a focus on international humanitarian law, in particular armed conflict in the UN.
Does anyone have any info on what she would need to do to be able to practice law in the UK, or to work as a paralegal?
If this is the wrong place to post about this subject, I'm very sorry, and could you please point me in the right direction of where I should be asking.
Thanks in advance.
David
Hi,
My wife (Romanian) has a law degree from a japanese university (current residence), and we wish to move back to the UK. She has an undergraduate (4 year) degree with a focus on international humanitarian law, in particular armed conflict in the UN.
Does anyone have any info on what she would need to do to be able to practice law in the UK, or to work as a paralegal?
If this is the wrong place to post about this subject, I'm very sorry, and could you please point me in the right direction of where I should be asking.
Thanks in advance.
David
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In theory, working as a paralegal shouldn't be a problem, assuming your wife has residency in the UK, or at the least, the right to work there. There's no other barrier to entry, other than having the legal right to work in the UK.

In terms of practicing law, this will be trickier. Is she already a practicing lawyer in Japan, or is she qualified to practice law elsewhere? If so, look into the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

If she isn't qualified to practice yet in another jurisdiction (ie if all she has is a law degree and hasn't gone through any qualification procedures, passed bar exams, etc.), then the process is longer. This is a basic guide:

https://llm-guide.com/articles/as-uk-law-firms-enjoy-the-boom-times-how-can-you-become-a-lawyer-in-the-uk

She'd typically need to do a vocational training course - such as a Legal Practice Course - then go do a training period. It's a multi-year commitment.
In theory, working as a paralegal shouldn't be a problem, assuming your wife has residency in the UK, or at the least, the right to work there. There's no other barrier to entry, other than having the legal right to work in the UK.

In terms of practicing law, this will be trickier. Is she already a practicing lawyer in Japan, or is she qualified to practice law elsewhere? If so, look into the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).

If she isn't qualified to practice yet in another jurisdiction (ie if all she has is a law degree and hasn't gone through any qualification procedures, passed bar exams, etc.), then the process is longer. This is a basic guide:

https://llm-guide.com/articles/as-uk-law-firms-enjoy-the-boom-times-how-can-you-become-a-lawyer-in-the-uk

She'd typically need to do a vocational training course - such as a Legal Practice Course - then go do a training period. It's a multi-year commitment.
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