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Seven reasons to study Law

For those considering a degree in Law but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Law degrees combine theory with practice

Behind Law lies a lot of theory, and there's no doubt you’ll have to learn it rigorously. But remember, law is a fairly defined profession, and tuition has to be vocational in nature. Some universities have a mock courtroom and run moot competitions and pro bono societies, giving you a taster of what it's like to practice law in real life.

2. Law and case-based learning go hand in hand

Even when learning theory, you'll spend a lot of time trawling through cases. Law schools use real-life examples to demonstrate how theory is applied. You'll leave knowing that the content studied will have real-life applications.

3. Studying Law equips you with a multitude of skills

Learning to become a lawyer means you'll graduate with skills that suit a whole host of professional paths. Skills include:

  • Research – you'll thoroughly study many case analyses
  • Critical analysis – you'll read primary sources and be required to make decisions
  • Synthesis of complex ideas – as a Law student, you’ll get to grips with a whole new language. But you'll also need to be able to communicate in layman's terms
  • Presentation – you’ll often partake in mooting competitions and pro bono societies, offering legal advice to real people
  • Writing – you'll have to communicate all of the above – on paper.

You'll practise these skills as they're necessary to practice law. However, they're also highly transferable to several other industries and sectors, commercial or otherwise.

4. Law graduates are well respected by employers

The variety of skills provided by a Law degree puts graduates at the forefront of employers’ minds. Add the fact that Law is one of the world's oldest fields of study, professions and human endeavour – and it's no surprise to see that graduates enjoy careers in a variety of sectors.

5. You can look forward to good graduate prospects

Check out our Law subject table and look down the Graduate Prospects column to see that Law students tend to stand a decent chance of being in further study or professional employment within six months of leaving university.

6. There are clear postgraduate options

Leave your undergraduate studies with your heart set on a career in law, and you’ll have a number of clearly defined options for your next steps, such as:

  • LLM – you may wish to develop your learning via a Master of Laws degree
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) – for solicitors
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – for barristers.

7. Law cohorts are internationally diverse

The quality of education at Law schools in the UK is highly attractive, resulting in a significant portion of students coming to study from overseas. A diverse cohort will not only expose you to different cultures but also provide you with an international network that may prove useful later in life.

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