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How much more difficult is it for international undergraduate students?

askjeevesaskjeeves Registered User Posts: 762 Member
edited October 2012 in Law School
To get into a U.S. Law school? I might consider attending University in the UK (with an Economics major) if I don't get into my top choices in the U.S. Are international law school applicants "discriminated" (for lack of a better word) against or is it still more dependent on LSAT scores?
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Replies to: How much more difficult is it for international undergraduate students?

  • NYU2013NYU2013 Registered User Posts: 1,780 Senior Member
    The top law schools in the UK are about as competitive as the top schools in the US. Cambridge and Oxford want a 3.75 GPA minimum (from University and usually high school, as well) plus high LNAT scores. (Not all schools even require the LNAT, as it is only a recent test to be administered to prospective law students. LSAT scores are not accepted. The LNAT is also much easier.) King's looks for a minimum 3.7 and high LNAT. UCL looks for a minimum 3.5 and high LNAT. Durham looks for a minimum 3.3 and high LNAT. LSE looks for a minimum 3.2. But, remember, these are minimums. It's very rare to get an offer by just meeting the minimum requirements. In the UK, Universities have minimum requirements and students do not apply unless they meet the minimum requirements, as you can only apply to 5 Universities. There are still around 7 to 10 applicants per place at the top law schools and every one them will be a top student.

    Acceptance rates for law schools in the UK are also about equal to those in the US. However, UK law schools like international students because they pay international rates (around 12,000-13,000GBP per year). Remember though that law in the UK is an undergraduate program and earns one an LLB, not a JD.
  • alwaysamomalwaysamom Registered User Posts: 12,243 Senior Member
    nyu2013, I think that jeeves was inquiring about students doing their undergrad in the UK and then applying to U.S. law schools. I would not recommed attending law school in the UK unless you plan on remaining there to practice, and have immigration status to be able to remain and work there. LLB and JD are interchangeable in every way but designation.

    jeeves, you will be evaluated in the same way a student in the U.S. will be, via GPA and LSAT score. I know dozens of Canadians who attended/are attending U.S. law schools and also some through the years who came from UK undergrads.
  • NYU2013NYU2013 Registered User Posts: 1,780 Senior Member
    I can read. (No, apparently not) :S My only excuse is that it was 3am when I was posting that, so obviously I should refrain from doing that again. Apologies.
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