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Reduction in EU law students?

There are approximately 125,000 EU students in universities across the UK, with more than 78,000 studying at undergraduate level. One of the most popular courses being taken by students in Law.

While students applying for the 2017 entrance are guaranteed standard fees and grants, the future from 2018 and beyond is less certain. There has been some fear that EU students would be reluctant to study a UK law degree if there was no guarantee that they could work in the UK afterwards.

However, the large intake of students sees little sign of slowing down. According to professor Ben Bowling at King’s College London, there are approximately 80-90 EU students in an average intake of 250. He stated that the importance of English Law used in global business contracts and international Law makes studying Law in the UK a very attractive option. The importance of English Law is demonstrated in 27% of the world’s 320 legal jurisdictions using English Law, particularly in India, Hong King and Singapore.

However, there may inevitably be a reduction in EU students arriving for undergraduate studies, especially if they have to pay increased fees (estimated at £16,000 per annum) as opposed to the £9,000 currently.

Further information can be found in the article below:

https://www.ft.com/content/9f20ae30-aa88-11e6-ba7d-76378e4fef24

23rd August 2018

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