Top UK Universities Recognized by the Bar Council of India

The Bar Council of Indian recognizes LLB degrees from several UK universities, so that overseas Indian students can return home to practise law. Find out which UK universities are recognized by the BCI.

Indian students who want to pursue their law studies overseas in the UK but return and practice in India must pursue their degree from a university that is recognized by the Indian Bar Council. The registration process in India for LLB students who have completed their degrees abroad is also different, depending on where they have received their education.

If the candidate did their LLB at a recognized UK university, they can return to India and apply for registration at their State Bar Council. The application is forwarded by the State Bar Council to the Bar Council of India, and the candidate will then be able to take the six-subject exam held by the council twice a year.

Top UK Universities

The following UK universities are recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI).

The City University of London is also recognized by the Bar Council of India, and it joins the umbrella of University of London in August, 2016. The prestigious Inns of Course School of Law, also noted by the BCI, is now the City Law School, one of the five schools of the City University London since 2001. It offers a professional training course for the Bar.

  • University of Leeds: The resolution announcement for University of Leeds states that LLB degrees from Leeds University "obtained after graduation from India University" are recognized by the Council.
  • University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology (UWIST)/College of Cardiff: This old university is in the process of being merged with one of Wales' other oldest universities, the Trinity University College, into the new University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The institute has been recognized by the BCI since 1988.
  • Universities of Birmingham & Lancaster: The 100+ year old University of Birmingham and the newer University of Lancaster regularly feature on UK's top universities. Lancaster numbers within UK's top 10 and Birmingham was ranked 15th in the UK and 76th in the world in the QS Rankings for 2015-2016. The BCI recognizes LLB degrees from both universities since 1990.
  • The University of Buckingham is a private non-profit university closely linked to ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who was once the second chancellor. The university's law school offering the LLB (Hons) degree in a unique 2 year (8 to 9 terms) system is also recognized by the BCI.

Other recognized degrees include the LLB (Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire, Thames Valley University London, and LLB from the University of Durham, University of Liverpool, University of Warwick and Leicester University.

Students who complete LLB from any other unrecognized UK university can still apply for registration, directly to the Bar Council of India. The council will review such applications on a case by case basis, and if approved, the applicant may be allowed to practise law in India.

Aspirants wanting to study abroad in the UK can find student visa related information in this detailed article about obtaining a student visa to the UK. Though a number of scholarships for Indian students are available for overseas education those wanting to supplement their income can work while studying in the UK.

Indian student desiring to study law in an overseas university have the option of earning a law degree at universities in the US and Canada. Some Law degrees from universities in Canada and the US recognized by the Bar Council of India can be found listed in the article foreign law universities recognized by the Bar Council of India.

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Guest Author: Srinidhi02 Aug 2020

Some of the universities mentioned are incorrect. For example, BCI doesn't recognize LSE according to the 2019 list.

Guest Author: Juana24 Aug 2020


The BCI recognises degrees from London University. And as of today, the London School of Economics and Political Science is a ' Member Institution' of the University of London. The University is a 'Federal University', comprising of seventeen independent member institutions, and LSE happens to be one of them. I suggest you visit the course page, on the Universities official website for more clarity. You will find LSE listed among the colleges offering the LLB programme on the site. This should set the record straight and clarifiy your doubt.

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