Practising law after you graduate

Our law courses are qualifying degrees, which means you go on to qualify as a barrister or solicitor after you graduate, and if you are from Canada or India, our LLB law degrees may be recognised in your home country.

If you want to practise law in England and Wales

In England and Wales the legal profession is divided into barristers and solicitors. By completing a law degree at Sussex Law School, you can progress after your degree to qualify as a barrister or solicitor.

If you wish to practice as a solicitor you need to take a one-year Legal Practice Course (LPC) and then spend two years (paid) as a Trainee Solicitor before you qualify.

If you want to become a barrister, you need to complete a one-year Bar Professional Course before taking two six-month pupillages in a Barrister’s Chambers. See what our current Law students say.

If you want to practise law in Canada

We have strong links with Canada and there are over 100 Canadian students currently studying Law at Sussex.

The three-year LLB degrees and two-year Graduate Entry LLB course you can study at Sussex Law School are both recognised for professional purposes by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board in the UK.

The Federation of Law Societies National Committee on Accreditation for Canada (NCA) regulates access to the legal profession from lawyers who have taken law degrees outside Canada.

The NCA also recognise both forms of LLB degree but you must achieve at least a 2:2 degree result and take exams on Canadian Law in Canada.

Contact the NCA for more information.

If you want to practise law in India

Our three- and four-year LLB law courses are accepted as part of the educational route to becoming a practicing lawyer in India, subject to the Bar Council of India’s recognition criteria.

The University of Sussex Law School is recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1)(c) of the Advocates Act 1961.

Find out how to qualify to practise law in India.