It is a tad bit too late to write about this but better late than never and yes you do have a chance still.
We are talking about studying law abroad. Law in undergrad outside India.
First the basics.
There are two types of law systems in the world – one is the common law system that is prevalent across the erstwhile British Empire and the other is the civil law system that holds water in mainly other countries, France being a main proponent of that.
Now the LLB degree (LEGUM BACCALAUREUS ) is a world recognized degree that enables practice across major jurisdictions in the world but most countries prohibit foreign practitioners (India does too—the entire liberalization debate) and the only way they can is if there is a provision for a Qualifying Lawyer’s Test that is open to foreing citizens.
Let’s look at the major destinations for Indians who would want to study law abroad in the undergrad.
The major destinations are the U.K. and the U.S. New Zealand and Australia too are probable destinations but not too popular. One can also go to universities in those Canadian states that have a common law system.
Now I myself had applied to almost eight universities abroad and got calls from all of them but I had then been interested in pursuing finance but I did research on the broad pathway to ‘phoren land’ so I am to a degree aware of the general route.
For U.K. you need to apply to the respective universities with marks transcripts of your high school and your band score in the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Different universities have various benchmarks that you need to fulfill in order to be eligible for an entry. The entire UK admission scheme is handles through an UCAS system wherein you need to open your own account and pay application fees to individual universities and apply.
UK undergraduate law degree is an LLB degree which you can also combine with any other degree and get a dual certification in four years. You are entitled to practice in major jurisdictions across the world and it is also recognized in India.
To land up in U.S. you would need to take the LSAT and follow the college application procedure that is same for SAT. What you need to remember is that in U.S. you get a J.D. degree (Juris Doctor) in law and not the internationally recognized LLB degree and this is not recognized in India nor does the U.K. give you license to practice. With a J.D. you will have to stick to Uncle Sam and pass a Qualifying Lawyer’s Test to be eligible to enroll in the bar. You also need to take the TOEFL along with your LSAT. TOEFL is Test of English as Foreign Language.
NZ and Australia have similar systems comparable to the U.K.
Major concern is planning your finances with costs going upto even a crore if you consider board and lodging. Scholarships are hard to come by and never usually cover your entire tuition fees let alone your stay.
Singapore Management University too has opened a four year LLB course that is becoming popular amongst Indian applicants.
Check out the individual websites to know about international application processes and first of all see if your finances are in place. Do take into account escalation of costs, tax, insurance and others which are compulsory. Do not totally rely on foreign education agents as they sometimes are not totally honest in giving you the exact figures. Be ready to do a lot of odd jobs and menial work to supplement your cost of studies.
This is a little late in the day to apply but even now you do have time. So if you have the finances and the urge to go abroad do take the plunge.
All the Best!