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Hi, I'm horribly confused!

I am currently finishing up my B.A in Political Science at a university in Ontario, Canada. I am going to apply for an LLM in either International Law or International Commercial Law programmes in the UK, but I have a 2:2 level degree. I have interned with the U.N.H.C.R and received an amazing reference letter a few years past. Also I will be able to get a letter of recommendation from various professors of international relations and international economics. My GPA was brought down due to electives I wasn't able to focus greatly on due to my working during a full time university career as well as going through extensive personal crisis. However my required courses, pertaining to international law and politics are all over grade B.

Would I have difficulty getting into LLM programs in the UK?
Also, if I succeed in attaining my LLM in the UK how will I be able to practice law in Canada.

Thank you all in advance.

Hi, I'm horribly confused!

I am currently finishing up my B.A in Political Science at a university in Ontario, Canada. I am going to apply for an LLM in either International Law or International Commercial Law programmes in the UK, but I have a 2:2 level degree. I have interned with the U.N.H.C.R and received an amazing reference letter a few years past. Also I will be able to get a letter of recommendation from various professors of international relations and international economics. My GPA was brought down due to electives I wasn't able to focus greatly on due to my working during a full time university career as well as going through extensive personal crisis. However my required courses, pertaining to international law and politics are all over grade B.

Would I have difficulty getting into LLM programs in the UK?
Also, if I succeed in attaining my LLM in the UK how will I be able to practice law in Canada.

Thank you all in advance.
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lmwoods

Universities will take their own view on (a) whether they want a student to have done law before the student is admitted to an LLM programme; and (b) the grades required. A lot of universities will let non-law students in, but usually they require some evidence of exposure to law - usually through electives, but sometimes through practical experience. Quite often, if there is no law experience, an institution will require higher grades and I would have thought this is likely to be the case as your UN experience would be allied to public international law, as is the law you have studied, rather private law which forms the basis of most commercial law.

As regards working in Canada, I don't know the Canadian system but I suspect that an international commercial law LLM is unlikely to be sufficient. I think you need core courses and also to student for a given period of time (I think this is either 2 or 3 years), so on that basis you should be looking at a graduate entry LLB. I do not know what the entry requirements are like for those sorts of courses.

Good luck with it.

Universities will take their own view on (a) whether they want a student to have done law before the student is admitted to an LLM programme; and (b) the grades required. A lot of universities will let non-law students in, but usually they require some evidence of exposure to law - usually through electives, but sometimes through practical experience. Quite often, if there is no law experience, an institution will require higher grades and I would have thought this is likely to be the case as your UN experience would be allied to public international law, as is the law you have studied, rather private law which forms the basis of most commercial law.

As regards working in Canada, I don't know the Canadian system but I suspect that an international commercial law LLM is unlikely to be sufficient. I think you need core courses and also to student for a given period of time (I think this is either 2 or 3 years), so on that basis you should be looking at a graduate entry LLB. I do not know what the entry requirements are like for those sorts of courses.

Good luck with it.
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Medland

Hi imconfused!

With a UK LLM you won't be able to practice in Canada. I think getting an LLB (or now a JD) would have alot more value for you given the fact that you are at the early stages of your career and clearly interested in international law.

I suggest you take the LSAT and apply to a Canadian law school. Do your best and try and score as high as possible. Some schools like U of Victoria and Ottawa, adopt a more holistic admission approach, which would mitigate the effect of a lower GPA.

PM me if you have any questions re practicing in Canada, good luck!

Hi imconfused!

With a UK LLM you won't be able to practice in Canada. I think getting an LLB (or now a JD) would have alot more value for you given the fact that you are at the early stages of your career and clearly interested in international law.

I suggest you take the LSAT and apply to a Canadian law school. Do your best and try and score as high as possible. Some schools like U of Victoria and Ottawa, adopt a more holistic admission approach, which would mitigate the effect of a lower GPA.

PM me if you have any questions re practicing in Canada, good luck!
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hi....
i am a law graduate from india. i intend to settle in canada and practise there. for that i must do LLB from canada(in order to get good nderstanding of law of canada). but the counsellors in india says that going for LLb from canada would be a pain as there would be VISA issues......they suggested me to go for post-graduate diploma instead.....
my question is is there any diploma which is connected to law or covers legal subjects???? if so, then what are the job prospects after such diploma??? if not so....then please suggest me a subject for post graduate diploma which can fetch me a good and well paying job in canada, which has job prospects in canada.....
i am basically focussing on the state of "Alberta" .......suggestions on other states are warmly welcomed....

please help me.....your guidance would undoubtedly be special for me...

THANKS IN ADVANCE........WAITING FOR THE REPLY...

hi....
i am a law graduate from india. i intend to settle in canada and practise there. for that i must do LLB from canada(in order to get good nderstanding of law of canada). but the counsellors in india says that going for LLb from canada would be a pain as there would be VISA issues......they suggested me to go for post-graduate diploma instead.....
my question is is there any diploma which is connected to law or covers legal subjects???? if so, then what are the job prospects after such diploma??? if not so....then please suggest me a subject for post graduate diploma which can fetch me a good and well paying job in canada, which has job prospects in canada.....
i am basically focussing on the state of "Alberta" .......suggestions on other states are warmly welcomed....

please help me.....your guidance would undoubtedly be special for me...

THANKS IN ADVANCE........WAITING FOR THE REPLY...
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