I get a lot of questions from people who are either interested in studying law abroad, or just curious. The questions tend to sound like “But can you come back to Norway and work after you finish?” and “How do you get this approved in Norway?”
First of all, you are asking the wrong questions. Of course I can work in Norway after I finish, it’s not like you are only allowed to work in the country you are studying. I can work at a nursing home, at a grocery store, or as a cleaning lady. But I’m gonna assume you meant work within the legal sector. Clearly, a Norwegian law degree is better if your goal is to become a solicitor in Norway, but there is so much more to do with a law degree! I’m sure I can apply for jobs like ‘legal advisor’, ‘legal secretary’ or just about anything within the legal sector! The only difference between me and someone with a Norwegian law degree is that my CV will say “Bachelor of Law, England”, and not “Bachelor of Law, Norway”. Of course, the company might prefer someone with a Norwegian degree, but I there are plenty of Norwegian companies with international contacts who would love someone with an internationally acknowledged degree. At least this is what I chose to believe.
As for the second question; there is no such thing as an ‘unapproved degree’. There is no board in Norway (or any other country, for that matter) who looks at every student and says “that degree isn’t a real degree, so we won’t approve it.” A bachelor is a bachelor, no matter where in the world you got it.
If you are wondering if you can practice as a solicitor in Norway with a degree from the UK; yes, you can. But there are some laws governing the subject. In order to become a solicitor in Norway, you need to obtain the title in the UK first, and then take extra exams in Norway to ‘convert’ your title. I’m guessing it’s Basically an exam on Norwegian law. So if you want to become a solicitor in Norway, my advice is to go to university in Norway, unless you are prepared for some extra work to obtain the title. But if you want to experience something different, and want a degree that’s acknowledged all over Europe (and the Commonwealth), I say go for it!