Why study Law?
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"Why law?" The all-important (dreaded) question you will be asked over and over again by friends and family, on vacation scheme/training contract applications, during mock and scholarship interviews and even at law events!
Law is a notoriously competitive subject, filled with intellectually challenging principles; however, it offers an abundance of opportunities beyond university. Not everyone who studies law ends up working as a lawyer, but all obtain skills in research, writing and learning – which prove beneficial in all sectors. But why bother with a demanding three-year law degree when you could do a less intense degree for three years and then do the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)? When you put it this way, the answer may seem like a no-brainer. Therefore, I have compiled key reasons why you should study the LLB.
Commercial awareness is a perspective and studying a law degree will undoubtedly make you more commercially aware. Your degree will equip you with the means to speak confidently about commercial and legal trends affecting law firms, their clients and the legal and business world in general. Law firms are, after all, just like any other business and rely on attracting and retaining clients in order to make a profit. As employers look for students and graduates who understand how businesses work (including the competition), individuals who are innovative and can spot new opportunities in the market are highly prized. You won't achieve commercial awareness merely by attending lectures and conducting research – you will also achieve it via vacation schemes, networking and talking to people in law.
Thirst for knowledge
Law students are exposed to different writers and arguments, which keeps their brain sharp. As a law student, you will learn about the legal system, law-making, the nature of law, criminal law, the law of tort and human rights law and the law of contract. Law students can develop a wide range of skills, including the application of legal rules and principles to present an argument, analysis and evaluation of the law, legal issues and concepts. Law is a varied subject which affects every aspect of our lives. Therefore, if you have an interest in understanding what's happening in the world around you and wish to quench your thirst for knowledge, law could be the subject for you.
Understanding the law
Law students will develop an understanding of the law and how it works. This involves learning more about society from a legal perspective – both contemporary and historical – and the interactions between law, morality, justice and society. Eventually, you will develop academic skills, such as analysis, evaluation and attention to detail, while learning about different areas of law and establishing connections between the legal, business, economic, historical, political and technology sectors.
A law degree trains students to talk about law simply and effectively. Students learn this from their professors, who often use simple vocabulary to explain difficult concepts and teach students how to advise future clients. Many law students participate in mooting, debating and negotiating competitions and thereby develop skills of oral advocacy and the ability to think quickly on their feet. Such skills prepare students not only for their demanding careers as lawyers, but also for diverse careers in government, international organisations or perhaps the business world. Ultimately, a law degree provides students with an envious bank of transferable skills (not just knowledge of the law).
Law is a ‘gold standard’ degree – it is valued by many employers (not only within the legal profession) because those who receive an LLB understand a wide range of industries and have strong commercial awareness. In addition to their resilience and confidence, law graduates also possess key life skills such as refined analytical abilities and advanced communication, research and time management skills. Thus, law is an excellent degree to have since the ability to think like a lawyer is valued in most (if not all) sectors.