A lawyer maybe have a very prestigious and respectable title. However, along with this prestige is demanding profession that requires stamina, motivation, and self-discipline. It requires a skill set that include logical reasoning, communication skills, writing ability and analytical skills as well as the ability to meet deadlines and simultaneously balance multiple tasks. Aside from the demanding nature, attaining the degree entails a lot of challenges. Competition for admission to most law schools is intense. Prospective lawyers should develop proficiency in writing and speaking, reading, researching, analyzing, and thinking logically–skills needed to succeed both in law school and in the profession. The first degrees in law may be studied at either undergraduate or graduate level depending on the country. Vocational courses which prospective lawyers are required to pass in some countries before they may enter practice. Most set of requirements for admission include above average academic rankings.
In North America, a full time day student will attend classes for three years excluding summers to complete the law degree. Meanwhile, a full time evening student will need four years to complete the degree. Most law schools require a bachelor’s degree, a satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, and a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) as prerequisites for admission.
In Asia, legal education varies from country to country. In Japan, legal education is more of a privilege to a small population of elite class. Their admission and requirements is more based on political stature and passing certifying examinations. Meanwhile, the legal education in Korea is strictly driven by examination, where the profession is highly regulated. The passage rate for the bar exam is around five percent. While, both Korea and Japan admits law students in undergraduate studies, law degree programs are considered graduate programs in the Philippines. As such, admission to law schools requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree, with a sufficient number of credits or units in certain subject areas. Making it longer to become a lawyer in the Philippines. It will take at least four years of undergraduate education, four years of law school, at least a year to prepare for the Philippine bar exam, plus mandatory continuing legal education.
In Africa, the Bachelor of Laws is offered both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, wherein the undergraduate program, requires four years of study. While the postgraduate level generally requires three years. In the case for South Africa, the Law Society of South Africa or LSSA is the regulatory body for their lawyers.
For a list of institutions which may offer law scholarships, you may check out the following African scholarships:
- ACCES scholarship program
- Africa Educational Trust Undergraduate International Outreach Bursaries
- African Graduate Scholarships in International Health and Development
- Africa Scholarship Scheme
- Associated Board International Scholarships
- Developing Countries Scholarships – CUD Scholarship Program
- Global Online Distance Learning Scholarships for Africans and Asians at University of Edinbrugh
- International Undergraduate Student Scholarships
- Kenya Merit Undergraduate Scholarship – The University of Sheffield
- Kenya University Chancellor’s Scholarship
- Nigeria University Scholarship Scheme
- OPEC Fund Scholarship Award
- Refugee and Asylum Seeker Scholarships
- Shell Nigeria University Scholarship Awards
- The Kenya Youth Education Scholarship Fund
- Undergraduate & Master’s Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in Africa
- Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students
- Undergraduate Scholarships for Kenyan Students
- University Graduate School Development Trust Africa Scholarships
- University Of Nairobi Scholarships
- Working to Advance African Women Foundation Scholarship
- Youth Education Scheme Scholarship