Does it make sense to study law abroad?

If you are interested in: 

  • law with a local or national focus it may not make sense to study abroad. If you study law abroad it is unlikely that you will study English law. If you wish to practise law in the UK you will probably need to do a conversion course on your return. If you are interested in studying English law abroad, this currently is not possible.
  • commercial law you would be well advised to consider international experience as an integral part of your education. Understanding more than one legal system will stand you in good stead as you will be competing in an international job market when you graduate whether you like it or not.
  • international criminal law or human rights law, for example, then you are well advised to go abroad to study. These branches of the law are international by their very nature and most of the institutions and organisations operating in these spheres are located outside this country.
  • studying law but do not intend to work as lawyer then an understanding of comparative law will be very useful if you intend to work for a multinational organisation.

Examples of Postgraduate Opportunities to study law abroad

The LLM programme in European Law at the Radboud University is primarily designed for students who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge of European Union law with the intent of pursuing a legal career with a strong nternational dimension. This Master's offers you a thorough education in European law, including competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law and public international law.

As a student of the LLM in International Law and the Law of International Organizations at the University Groningen you enjoy great freedom to design your own programme. You can choose from a wide range of optional courses in International Law, such as Economic Law, Peace and Security, Environmental Law and Humanitarian Law. Moreover, there are 35 courses in other areas of law from which you can choose, including Comparative Law and Sociology of Law.

The MSc in Victimology and Criminal Justice at Tilburg University is the only Master's programme in Europe and one of a handful of programmes worldwide, focusing on victimology. Victimology can be considered the younger sister of criminology. Its object of study is the position of victims in society. Drawing upon the insights offered by law, psychology, criminology and other social sciences, victimologists look at the consequences of becoming a victim of crime, accidents or disasters with the ultimate aim of setting people on the path to recovery and restoration.

The LLM in Commercial Law(specialisation Commercial and Company Law) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam provides you with a unique combination of specialist courses in the field of company and commercial law, the impact of EU legislation and general courses in European Private Law and comparative private law.

The Master in European Union Law at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, trains legal professionals in the assessment and resolution of problems typical of international legal traffic and trade. It is ranked as the best programme of its kind in Spain. You need to have some knowledge of Spanish even though the course is taught in English.

Will my degree be recognised?

If you study law in the European Union then your degree will be recognised. BUT, if you study law abroad it is unlikely that you will study English law. If you wish to practise law in the UK you will probably need to do a conversion course on your return.

Increasingly, however, law graduates with knowledge and experience of International and European law are highly sought after.

What else should I bear in mind?

For the reasons mentioned above, British universities have started to offer a number of law degrees that incorporate international experience. These might be viable alternatives to taking your full degree abroad.