What is Law?
- Search for law degrees and you’ll find LLB (Bachelor of Laws), BA, and BSc Law first-degree courses. The difference between the LLB, and BA and BSc is that generally LLB students spend their entire course studying the law, while students on a BA or BSc programme may spend as much as one-third of their time studying modules outside of Law.
- A proportion of Law students may not want to become lawyers, but are fascinated with the process of law. Conversely, many would-be lawyers take their degree in another subject and then take a law conversion course, the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Specific or general skills developed
- A Law degree will provide you with the skills required to practice in law, for example through mooting (a mock legal hearing where students argue points of law), and pro bono work. Depending on the course, you may study law in relation to specific areas, such as the family, commerce, or finance.
- General skills include the research, interpretation and explanation of complex subjects, analytical thinking and practical problem solving, good oral communication, negotiation, teamwork, attention to detail, and the ability to draft formal documents.
Examples of area of study
- Legal Method, Skills and Reasoning
- Law in Practice
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- English Legal Process
- Principles of Criminal Law
- Contract Law
Optional modules might include:
- Law and Medicine
- Media Law
- Internet Law
- Public International Law
- Child Law
- Intellectual Property Law
Why study Law
- The academic study of law will give you an insight in to the legal systems on which much of our day-to-day life is based. You will gain a broad and thorough understanding of the subject.
- You will practise, practise and practise some more the skills of thinking, analysis, written and verbal presentation of ideas of arguments. The skills are necessary to practice Law but make great transferable skills for many other career paths, such as teaching, the civil service, and the voluntary sector.
Coursework, assessments and exams
- Assessment is by examinations and coursework.
What degree can I get?
- LLB Law.
- BA/BSc Law.
- Joint degrees, including Business and Law, Criminology and Law.
What qualifications do I need?
Requirements: Candidates must in addition possess credit level passes in three (3) other subjects.
What are the postgraduate opportunities?
- An alternative is the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) programme, which includes the GDL and a graduate fast-track programme, where students study a specific area of law, rather than covering many different areas.
- Students with a degree in a subject other than Law can take the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), or other qualifying law degree. Practicing lawyers have various options open to them, such as a Master of Laws (LLM) course.