Becoming a Solicitor or Barrister in your country
Many of our international students join the School of Law with the intention of practising law, normally in their home country. However our LLB (Hons) Law is recognised by many overseas legal professional bodies, particularly in Commonwealth countries.
We also offer a law conversion course if you have a bachelor’s degree in law or a subject other than law. The Postgraduate Diploma in Law is a one-year, full-time course that is recognised by some overseas legal professional bodies, alternatively our LLM Professional Law is the PGDL combined with a Masters degree. This route of conversion is not as widely accepted as the LLB law degree.
If you intend to practise in your home country, you should contact your local Law Society or Bar Council to ensure our LLB or PGDL is recognised. The majority will require you to undertake additional training after graduation before being authorised to practise law.
Routes to Qualification (England and Wales)
To qualify as either a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales, you must complete either an LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law conversion course from a university in England and Wales.
Once you have completed this course, you must fulfil a two-year training contract with a firm of solicitors in the UK. As this is an employed position you will require a work permit. You will be qualified as a Solicitor of England and Wales upon suitable completion of the two-year training contract.
If you wish to qualify as a barrister upon graduation, you must complete the Bar Professional Training Course. This one-year, full-time course is not offered by Birmingham City University, but can be taken at other institutions.
You are ‘called to the Bar’ once you complete the BPTC and are then entitled, without further training, to use the title Barrister of England and Wales. However, if you wish to practise in England and Wales you must also complete a one-year pupillage with a barristers’ chamber.
Qualification as an overseas lawyer
Some overseas Law Societies and Bar Councils will offer exemptions from all or part of their own training requirements to those who qualify as a solicitor or barrister of England and Wales. If you intend to practise in your home country, contact your local Law Society or Bar Council to enquire about the recognition of qualifications and subsequent training requirements.