Get your Degree: Law at University
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Studying law at university is a great choice.
Not only is it a respected degree both in the UK and internationally, it’s the first step to becoming a solicitor, barrister, or even judge.
But a law diploma requires dedication, hard work and good planning. This is regardless of if you study it at one of the leading law schools or not. The law doesn’t get easier the further you get from Oxbridge!
Let’s look at some of the key details you should know if you’re thinking of studying law at university. Or look to the bottom of the page for great articles on what you will study, applications, and law school rankings.
University Requirements for law
The entry requirements to study law do depend on which university you go to. They require certain grades at A Level ranging from B,B,C grades to A,A,A grades.
However the university you apply to will look at your application holistically.
This means there are other things you can do to show your interest in law, and persuade them you’re still a great candidate even if you got lower grades than you were expecting.
You could get some work experience at your local law firm, which always looks great on a CV. Also it may help (but is certainly not required – see the A level article), if you studying law and subjects related to law, like business studies, accounting, ethics, philosophy, economics or politics. Be under no illusions though; law is a competitive course and you need good grades to do the course regardless of which university you go to.
Standards will be set high – becoming a solicitor or barrister won’t be easy.
Where can you study law?
You may think this is a silly question. At university right? That’s correct but there’s another option too. You can become a student of law at one of the UK law colleges, like the College of Law, BPP, and Kaplan law school (post graduate only at Nottingham & London). Whether you do this or not is down to personal preference.
Many people study law without the intention to go into it as a career. Others study law along with another subject at university. You can’t do this if you go to a law school, but if you’re 100% you want to make a career out of law it could be a good choice.
Qualifying law degrees
Once you’re accepted onto a course you will be completing the LL.B (or the Bachelor of Laws degree to give it its full name). So what will you do in these three years of law school? Well hopefully you will be gaining a full and complete overview of the British legal system, and perhaps other legal systems too if you choose. During this time you should get a good idea of which area of law you want to take up as your career.
Here are just a few of the areas you will study:
- EU law
- Equity and trusts
- Land law
- Criminal law
You can also choose specific areas of law to study that you’re interested in. These “option” choices are usually offered in the final year when you have a good understanding of the British legal system.
You will also have opportunities to take part in various extra curricular activities at uni. These activity could involve joining the university law society, debating club and mooting society. This isn’t just a great way to build up skills but also to meet new people and network with law firms.
If you wish to become even more qualified you could take a legal masters course. There are loads of different masters courses which are a great idea if you want to go into the academic side of the law. These masters courses revolve around specific specialist legal areas so are great if you truly want to become an expert in a certain area. Having a masters degree could be beneficial when applying for training contracts or pupillages too; it will really set you apart from the competition.