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Pre-Law Pathway for US Students

This study abroad programme is aimed specifically at US-based students who wish to spend one or two semesters of their junior or senior year studying law at one of the leading law schools in the UK.

The programme will give US students the opportunity to explore their interest in the law, experience actual law school courses, and better prepare themselves both for law school in the US and the associated admissions process.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for US-based undergraduate students who are studying politics, philosophy, history, international relations, economics, business, criminology, or any other related undergraduate subject, and contemplating applying for admission to law school in the US.

Unlike in the US, law is an undergraduate degree in the UK, and students admitted to the programme will have the opportunity to take the same law courses that students in the UK take as part of their qualifying degree.

Study options

All law school courses that do not have a specific prerequisite in law will be open to students participating in the programme. This includes basic legal courses such as contracts, torts, criminal law, constitutional law, and legal method, as well as more advanced legal courses such as philosophy of law; environmental law; human rights; law and ethics in war and warfare; counter-terrorism; law, literature, and art; sociology of law; and gender and the law.

Many of these courses are international or multinational in character, as they are in the US, and even those courses that focus primarily on UK law rely on the same common law principles and cases that are considered foundational in the equivalent courses in the US.

Students may also take up to one course offered by another School in the University. In most cases major or full general education credit can be negotiated with the student's home university for each course taken.

Application process

The programme is limited to students who currently have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent. In addition all standard University of Manchester study abroad entry requirements apply. To apply, please complete our standard application, selecting the Pre-Law Pathway in Step 3. The standard study abroad tuition fees and associated fees apply.