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What’s the difference between an LLB and an LLM?

What’s the difference between an LLB and an LLM?

If you’ve looked into studying law, you’ve probably discovered that the qualification process varies throughout the world. This is due to the jurisdiction in which you are looking to practice as well as each country’s validation requirements.

So how do you know which degree to pursue? Here we’re featuring our guide on studying law, which focuses on the two most sought after degrees: the LLB, or Bachelor of Laws, and the LLM, or Master of Laws

LLB (Bachelor of Laws)

The LLB is an undergraduate law degree, which is studied in many countries throughout the world which are under the common law jurisdiction.

Who is it for?

The LLB is considered to be the first step taken towards becoming a qualified solicitor or barrister. After obtaining the LLB, graduates are required to take on additional legal training before they can officially practice law. 

What if I’m not sure I want to be a lawyer?

The LLB provides you with experience in the most useful areas of law which can be applied to a host of careers. In fact, your law degree can set you up to work in many attractive and profitable industries.  

Will this degree qualify me for master’s level qualifications?

Yes, after completing your LLB, you have a variety of options for postgraduate studies. If you’re looking to become a lawyer, as an LLB graduate you will qualify for commencing a Legal Practice Course (LPC), the final training stage for aspiring solicitors and barristers.*

Additionally, an LLB is a great foundation for entry onto many other postgraduate programmes, including the LLM in Legal Practice, the Global MBA, as well as a host of other master’s degree courses. 

How long does it take? 

The i-LLB (Hons) Law Degree from The University of Law is studied part-time online over a four year period, and is considered to be a qualifying law degree. 

What are the entry requirements?

The standard requirements for admission onto i-LLB programme are listed as follows:

UK applicants

BBB at A level and Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or their equivalent

Students with relevant work experience may also be considered.

International applicants

English language equivalent of IELTS 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

What are my study options?

The i-LLB (Hons) Law Degree can be completed online, which means you can earn a qualifying law degree flexibly at the time and place that suits your lifestyle. 

LLM (Master of Laws)

The LLM is a globally recognised postgraduate degree, undertaken by students from different academic backgrounds. The LLM degree is ideal for candidates looking to develop their legal expertise in one component of law. 

Who is it for?

The LLM degree is suitable for both lawyers and non-lawyers alike, and is internationally recognised. The Master of Laws degree benefits professionals working in a variety of industries, including law, academia, business, marketing, international diplomacy, and administration, to name a few. 

How long does it take?

The LLM can be completed in one year. Students who study the online LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) or the online LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) from The University of Law have up to five years to complete the programme in order to be awarded their degree. 

What are the entry requirements?

The standard requirements for admission to the LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) and the LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) are as follows: 

UK bachelor’s degree in any subject area at 2.2 or above, or its equivalent.

For international applicants

English language level equivalent of IELTS 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

What are my study options?

The LLM in Legal Practice (Intellectual Property) and LLM in Legal Practice (Conflict Resolution) can be studied online, which means you can study at the time and place that’s best for you. 

*Further requirements may apply. Please contact us for more information.