Why study Law?

Law student

Law is not just for lawyers

Law is relevant to everyone, not just those who work within the legal profession. Law provides the framework of rules for society, affecting almost all aspects of our lives, so it's of direct interest to all of us.
As a Law graduate, your choice of career might be greater than you think. The skills you develop during your studies not only give you access to the legal professions themselves, but also other careers that link to law, such as the police or prison service. You’ll find that legal skills are in demand in local government, politics, the civil service, business, management and administration, to name just a few.

Is law for you?

Are you curious about the rules by which society is organised and how they can be changed? Studying law often suits people who are interested in current affairs, as much of the news is about making or breaking laws.
Do you enjoy working with words?  Much of a law student's time is spent reading legal materials and using the information found to communicate a clear analysis and application of the law
Do you think logically, enjoy solving problems and have a good eye for detail?  These are just some of the skills that will help you succeed in a law degree.

What skills will you develop?

A law course will help you develop many skills that employers value greatly. You will:

  • improve your written and oral communication, and learn to construct clear and well-reasoned arguments.
  • learn to find and manage large amounts of information from both printed and electronic sources.
  • learn to think clearly and logically, and to analyse and solve problems. You’ll develop your capacity for independent thought, and gain the ability to critically evaluate the law and consider where it needs reform.
  • improve your ability to organise and manage your time, working both independently and as a team.