What is an LL. B degree and why is this becoming a popular degree among students?
An LL.B full form means Legum Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Laws) this is a degree in which most law students covet. The popularity of LL.B degree to the majority of law degree students lie in the fact that it is offered to most common law countries as a primary or undergraduate degree in law. It is an international standard at present because the trend of justice in the future will be multi-jurisdictional due the increase in globalization. It is also a flexible degree given that it can be studied in and off campus, on-line, or in distance learning, depending on the students’ choice.
Another part in its growing popularity is the duration of the degree. In countries where undergraduate law is studied for 5 years, an LL.B degree program is fit within a 3 or 4 year course, and within those years the students will be fully equipped with basic knowledge and be practically competitive with their earned professional skills.
LL.B degree programs also encourage students to take this course in connection with other graduate courses. The beauty of this entry level type LL.B degree is its ability to fit in other programs in different schools in different countries. The difference of law students and their acquired titles rest on the graduate courses taken after LL.B degree programs.
What will students learn in their LL.B degree program?
Within four years of the LL.B degree the students will be trained intrinsically in the legal profession. They will learn core knowledge of the common law and skills adequate for a future lawyer. An LL.B program begins with a 2 year focus on the solid foundation in legal knowledge and basic skills, where the students will learn to develop analysis, critical thinking, writing skills, and key legal concepts. The third and final years will allow students to choose a practice to specialize in. After the four year course is complete, students are required to work in solicitor or barrister offices as part of their practical application. It is only after a practical application will they get to practice law in full, but again this depends on what line of law course they wish to practice further.
What countries allow LL.B students to practice law after attaining this degree?
LL.B degrees are taught in most countries under the Commonwealth. So a degree in LL.B can be professionally practiced within countries such as UK, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. But since this course is only for undergraduates the students will only be able to practice law in full after they taken, either a practical application to a solicitor or barrister office or they study graduate courses to earn specific law degrees and titles.
In the US although LL.B degrees are making a comeback, there are only a few states that allow LL.B graduates to take bar exams, the majority of law students who aim for a bar exam will have to complete a J.D degree which will give them specific titles, but they will have to look for states that allow J.D graduates to take exams and practice in.
In Canada most law schools have LL.B degrees but now some of the institutions are also opting to add J.D to the program.