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ICLS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is an LL.B.?

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Will the University of London Degree (LL.B.) in laws earned under the International Programmes receive standing in Canada?

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Individuals who already hold a University degree who seek an education in law - but who do not desire to practice law - should enroll in the Graduate Route Entry A or B Scheme.

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How fast can I complete the LL.B. degree from the University of London?

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What is an LL.B. degree? Is it the same as the Juris Doctorate (JD) degree?

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What is the academic requirement for the University of London International Programmes in Laws (LL.B.)?

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How long will I be studying for my LL.B. degree?

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Will an LL.B. degree from an accredited UK university permit me to practice law in other countries?

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Can I go on to earn an advanced law degree such as an LL.M. degree after I complete the LL.B. degree?

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Will I be studying the law alone?

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Are my final examinations given online?

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Do I need to be a computer expert to use the ICLS e-learning platform?

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What are the benefits of online learning?

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What is E-learning?

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What does the University of London International Programmes in laws provide by way of study material?

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Can I have direct contact with my law tutors?

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When does the University of London International Programmes in law start each year?

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When do I need to apply to ICLS?

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Is the tuition payable to ICLS at the time of application or once I receive an acceptance offer letter from the University of London?

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How hard is it for US students to be accepted to the University of London International Programmes in Laws?

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Do I pay The International Center for Legal Studies ("ICLS")  for University of London fees?

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What reasons can you cite as preventing International Programmes students from doing well on their University of London law examinations?

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Why does ICLS provide Lexis-Nexis to UOL students if the University also provides this service?

 

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What is an LL.B.?

A bachelors of law, or 'Legum Baccalaureus' in the Latinate.

The LL.B. is the law degree that meets the legal education requirements in nearly every country that adheres to the Common Law of England. One notable exception is the United States. Until the mid 1960ís, the LL.B. degree was also conferred in the USA. (A visit to the U.S. Supreme Court will reveal the most past and even current Justices hold an LL.B, not a J.D. law degree). Around that time U.S. law schools began to offer law graduates the option to earn a JD degree instead. In fact, many American law schools continue to offer their law graduates the option of earning an LL.B. or a JD. The real question is, is there a difference?

By and large, this is merely an issue of semantics and the JD is not deemed to be of lesser standing than the more traditional LL.B. The American Heritage Dictionary (Second Edition) defines the Juris Doctorate as, "An academic degree that is the equivalent of a [LL.B.]." In the United States, as with the rest of the common law world, the advanced law degree above the JD continues to be the LL.M., or Master of Law. The degree above that is the SJD, JSD or LL.D. - true "Doctor of Laws" degree.

United States

Advanced Placement (AP) Examination of the American College Board, provided that at least two full subjects are passed with grades 3,4 or 5 (with the exception of  Studio Art).

Canada: 

Alberta: Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 courses provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those courses.

B.C.: Passes in five acceptable subjects in the Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma, provided that no less than a grade B is achieved in each of those subjects.

Manitoba: No less than five credits at the 300 Level in at least four subjects areas in the High School Graduation Diploma, provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those subjects.

New Brunswick: Passes in five acceptable subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma, provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those subjects.

Newfoundland: Passes in a least five acceptable subjects in the Grade 12 High School Diploma, provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those subjects.

Nova Scotia: Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 subjects in Honours University Preparatory Courses or in University Preparatory Courses in the High School Completion Certificate, provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those subjects.

Ontario: Passes in six Ontario Academic Courses (OAC's), provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those courses.

Prince Edward Island: Passes in five acceptable Grade 12 subjects in the High School Graduation Diploma, provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those subjects.

Quebec: Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) [Diploma of Collegial Studies].

Saskatchewan: Passes in five acceptable subjects of Division IV standing, provided that at least seventy percent is achieved in each of those subjects.

For information about other countries and regions please contact the ICLS admissions office  - click here.

Depending upon the route you choose, the LL.B. degree takes between two to four years of study. However, ICLS recommends that if you study full time, you may want to choose the three year track, and if you study part-time, you may want to choose the  four year track. This will allow you ample time to study  and absorb the course material properly. This suggestion does not apply to the Graduate Entry Option - see below.

An LL.B. earned from a UK law school by itself will not permit you to sit for a bar exam in the USA, unless it was earned in residence, full or part-time, at the institution; however, there are States that will permit you to sit for the bar by continuing your education and obtaining an LL.M. degree from a US ABA APPROVED law school. There are also U.S. states that will allow you to sit for the bar exam with an LL.B. by earning an additional specific number of law school course credits.  Students or applicants to ICLS are solely responsible for contacting the bar authorities in the jurisdiction they seek admission to for an official answer regarding bar admission rules.

Yes, you can. Many LL.B. law graduates go on to earn advanced degrees such as the LL.M. What many law school admissions committees require is that your first law degree must be from a recognized, fully accredited University in a Common Law jurisdiction.

No, you will be given ICLS lectures every month by experienced law professors, barristers.

In addition, ICLS has developed a fully interactive e-learning format from which you will be able to converse with your fellow classmates and lecturers to discuss lectures, lessons, assignments and exams.

ICLS will be there as your partner in learning.  We will also provide a personal academic mentor/advisor to help you every step of the way until the end of your exams.

No. As with most law schools, your final grades are based solely upon your final examinations. These final exams are proctored and conveniently scheduled during May and June of each year at test sites throughout the world, as arranged by the University of London International Programmes. Many major cities in the United States and Canada have at least one test center location.

No, but you should have some familiarity with the following:

  • Basic word processing

  • A sound knowledge of the procedures for sending/receiving email, including email with attached files

  • A fundamental awareness of common computing terms

  • General familiarity with your hardware, software, and operating system

Flexibility is major benefit. With online learning from ICLS you will be able to set your own schedule, although you will still have assignment deadlines each month.

The term "e-learning" refers to the use of the internet to deliver course materials and facilitate teacher-student interactions. Students use computers to access to online lectures, course messaging boards, assignments, tutor comments and lecture notes. 

You will receive the University of London International Programmes Subject Guide (a "Resource Guide"), a major text book for each subject, a book on "legal learning" and access to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) to obtain many UK cases and/or statutes online.  You do not receive any teaching or day-to-day support.  During the year the University of London International Programmes will send you a "spring supplement" and "examiner" reports offering updates on current cases or legislation.  The examiner reports are helpful in terms of what examiners see as recurrent weaknesses with student exam papers.  Outside of this, you are on your own in terms of preparing for your law exams.

If you're not interested in entering the legal profession, but prefer instead to use your law degree to enhance your career, you can complete the LL.B. in two years under the Graduate Route Entry Scheme A option if you already hold a University degree in another subject area.  You will save an entire year compared to the normal route.  The only qualification to this statement is that your prior University degree must be recognized as such by the University of London International Programmes admissions committee.

Individuals who already hold a University degree who seek an education in law - but do not desire to practice law - should consider enrolling in the Graduate Route Entry A or B Scheme.

Graduate Scheme A or B is the perfect option for candidates who seek to enrich their career with a law degree, but do not wish to practice law.  If you already have a University degree (in any subject area), you can apply to earn your LL.B. in two years (full time) or three years (part time) with The University of London International Programmes in laws. Please note the Graduate Route Option, whether Scheme A or B, is composed of nine subjects and is not equivalent to three years of legal education (see below for further comment).  To see the course requirements for either Graduate Route Entry A or B, click here.

Students are advised that many Common Law jurisdictions require three years of legal education.  Applicants are strongly advised to make sure that if they opt for the Graduate Route Options (i.e., two year equivalent option), they are in compliance with bar admission rules in their jurisdiction.

Can I have direct contact with my Law Tutors?

Absolutely.

When does the University of London International Programmes in Law start each year?

Enrollment starts as early as March in the year PRECEDING THE EXAMS.  The latest you can apply to the University of London International Programmes is October 1st during any given year.

When do I need to apply at ICLS? 

The sooner the better.  Your enrollment should ideally begin in September.  See further comments on this issue below.

Is the tuition payable to ICLS at the time of application or once I receive an acceptance letter?

Your tuition to ICLS is payable with your application since your legal program will start upon payment (usually within 24-48 hours after processing your application and setting up your introduction package). No, you do not have to wait for your acceptance letter from the University of London to start with us so long as you are able to produce evidence of an application to the University of London International Programmes in laws coupled with an evaluation of your academic background by the ICLS admission staff.

 

How hard is it to get accepted for US students?

If you already hold a University degree in another subject area, your application for admission should be a formality.  If you also have an Associates Degree, again, you will be a strong candidate.  Two passed AP exams with a grade of at least "3" will also meet the minimum requirements.  The University of London will take into account if you possess professional or career experience.  If you only have a High School Diploma and no work experience, you will not meet the education requirements for admissions.

 

Will the University of London law degree (LL.B.) earned under the University's International Programmes Receive standing in Canada?

University of London International Programmes Law  (LL.B.) Graduates can receive advanced standing for purposes of entering the legal profession in Canada, so long as they meet the requirements set out by Canadian National Committee on Accreditation. 

For an up to date comment by the Canadian National Committee on  Accreditation click here.

Do I pay The International Center for Legal Studies ("ICLS")  for University of London fees?

No.   Remember, there are TWO institutions involved in your program when you enroll with ICLS.  You pay The ICLS fees directly to ICLS.  Payment of the University of London Internatiinoal Programmes fees are paid directly to the University of London. 

What reasons can you cite as preventing International Programmes students from doing well on their University of London law examinations?

Many students, especially first year students, fail to reach their potential in the exams because they apply so late in the process.  For example, too many students simply wait until the summer and up until September to apply.  What these students do not realize is that what normally takes 4-5 weeks to process by the International Programmes admissions committee can take up to two months to process for applications received during the summer crush.  In other words, students who apply in late summer may not receive an "offer" from the University of London until late October or mid November.  Even with this "offer", students still need to register, receive their materials and finally order their text books.  By the time these students begin their studies it could be December or even January!  ICLS strongly advises students to apply before June 30th in any given year. 

Other reasons as to why students do not do well are related to their "isolation" from other students.  Distance learning is a lonely venture, unless you're connected to tutors and students.

Students simply spend too much time reading and taking notes without applying their knowledge.

Students attempt the LL.B. degree completely on their own and do not realize until the exams that their benchmark for success was too low.

Career and family responsibilities also cause time management problems for students.

Students enrolled with ICLS can manage all of the above obstacles. We understand the University of London degree standard and know what it will take for you to succeed - we've been there and that's why we're here to make sure you pass your exams the first time.


Why does ICLS provide Lexis-Nexis to UOL students if the University also provides this service?

For many students, the waiting period between the time they initially apply to the University of London and when they actually register may be as long as three months.  We believe that every student with ICLS should have immediate access to Lexis Nexis.

       

Contact the International Admissions Office in Asheville, NC (USA) at 1-828-505-3596 or email us at admissions@legaltutors.com with any additional questions.

 

Message From The Dean  University of London International Programmes

ICLS Executive Director Sworn Into U.S. Supreme Court

 
"ICLS is a world class
e-learning center offering an outstanding opportunity to earn a British law degree from your home or office."
 
 

"ICLS gave me the edge to succeed in the study of law."

Laura Ruberto, ICLS and UOL LL.B. Graduate 2009

Barrister and Solicitor at Law (Upper Ontario Bar)

2012 ICLS Graduate

 

"Through ICLS I was able to accomplish what many struggle to do alone - get my LLB from UOL International Programmes. The help and guidance I received from actual University of London tutors was what made this possible. Anyone thinking about pursuing a degree with UoL should consider ICLS. The inability to properly answer exam questions is the most common cause of failure and ICLS provides what the University cannot - feedback and criticism of writing technique when attempting an examination question. The lectures are also an asset to anyone who struggles to read and retain an abundance of reading material. Thanks to ICLS I am now a UOL graduate, and couldn't be prouder!"

Alexx Allen - Chattanooga, TN USA

2012 ICLS and UoL LL.B. Graduate

"You have made it much easier for me to begin revising for my examinations in June.  I know that it must have been an exhausting weekend, and appreciate your efforts all the more!  Your written material is excellent, and will assist me in organizing my studies.  I hope to have the pleasure of participating in a weekend next year..."

Wendy Gaonac'h  ICLS Review Weekend 2007 Student

ICLS Writing Workshop Equips Students

"I just wanted to say Thank You to you and your team for executing such a productive weekend...  Saturday was very intensive and by the end of the writing session I felt confident in myself, as I learned the techniques only ICLS could have taught. I now know what the examiners are looking for and most of all I understand how to organize the vast information I have per subject. You were organized, enthusiastic and addressed relevant issues. I am looking forward to the March Seminar. Thank you once again."

 

A. Hussain

ICLS (Second Year) Student 2007

e-LEARNING TAKEN TO NEW HEIGHTS AT ICLS

August 7, 2006: ICLS  launched its new e-learning platform September 1, 2006.  According to George Pappas ICLS Executive Director, "ICLS has developed an e-learning platform unseen by the LL.B. learning community. Our students world wide will benefit significantly from this latest innovation.  Our continued focus on value remains undiminished." 

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ICLS INTEGRATES LIVE CLASSES

June 2006: ICLS provides live face to face legal writing workshops and selected LL.B. revision courses in addition to it's online legal programme. 

According to George Pappas, ICLS Executive Director, "ICLS will provide expanded teaching without any additional cost to ICLS students.  ICLS is going to do whatever it takes to increase the value of it's legal program.  We're excited about supporting our online programme with brick and mortar learning.  What's great about this development is that all ICLS students world wide will benefit since similarly registered ICLS students will receive the same review materials from any live workshops at no additional cost."

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The International Center for Legal Studies, LLC ("ICLS") provides teaching for students seeking to earn a British law degree.  As a 'tutorial college", while ICLS teaches and provides an integrated legal program, applicants are expressly advised that ICLS does not confer any law degree.  Students enrolled with ICLS are registered with a British based University law degree program.  Students enrolled with ICLS receive their law degree from their British University.  ICLS does not provide legal advice.  Applicants seeking bar admission information are advised to contact the bar authorities for the jurisdiction which they seek admission.  Students and applicants are solely responsible for ascertaining bar admission rules with respect to their individual credentials. ICLS provides online law  school tutoring together with individual mentoring and face to face learning.

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