Subjects in Law
Benefits of Studying Law
Every successful lawyer needs to understand the principles and practicalities of the UK’s legal system. Studying law will give you the solid academic foundation you need, whilst also offering other benefits such as:
Law is an academically rigorous subject. As well as developing your research skills, you’ll learn to analyse complex cases, express yourself eloquently and argue persuasively.
The ability to make a difference
Once you’ve qualified as a lawyer, you’ll play a key role in ensuring that justice is carried out. Law graduates can also take part in pro bono (free) work, offering legal advice to those who can’t afford it.
Diverse career options
There’s a lot more to studying law than becoming a solicitor or barrister, as there are plenty of alternative roles on offer. You could be a legal executive, a legal secretary, a barrister’s clerk, or a mediator.
You won’t be short of pennies as a lawyer. Become a partner in a commercial firm and your salary could skyrocket to over £100,000. Experienced barristers can earn between £100,000-£300,000.
There are many specialist career paths within the legal sector, whether you’re a solicitor, barrister or legal executive.
Human Rights Law
Top 5 Roles
Here are the five most popular careers in the legal sector, based on the number of active jobs listed by recruitment website Glassdoor.
Job Growth (Number of Vacancies)
2018 → 2021
+ 16,600 barristers
Levels of Courses
Completion of this level will enable you to progress on to a higher qualification (level 4 certificate). You’ll need further qualifications to secure employment.
Level 4 • CertHE
Completion of this level enables you to enter the first year of a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB Hons). With extra vocational training and some recognised work experience, you’ll be able to gain employment with a law firm.
Level 5 • Diploma
Completion of this level is the gateway to gaining a full honours degree. You’ll then be qualified to enter the vocational stage of legal training.
Level 6 • Bachelor’s
Completing this level allows you to study at postgraduate level or move onto the vocational stage of legal training.
Level 7 • Master’s
Completing this advanced level will qualify you for a range of law-related careers. You could become a crime analyst, a police officer, a support worker or a prison officer.
Ways to Study Law
This method involves studying uploaded course material at your own speed and in any setting.
This traditional method involves being taught face to face as part of a group. A qualified teacher will help you to understand the course material.
This method combines the benefits of studying online and in class. The number of contact hours will vary depending on the provider.
Skills for Lawyers
The legal profession is demanding so you’re more likely to enjoy your work and be successful If you have the right mix of soft skills. Traits that are particularly important include precision, an eye for detail, the ability to speak persuasively and excellent interpersonal skills. Hard skills will also play a key part in your legal career and these include:
Logical reasoning skills
What Daily Tasks Do Lawyers Do?
The list of duties you’ll undertake depends on your role and your specialism. However, common tasks include:
Whether you’d rather be in the spotlight skillfully arguing cases, or behind the scenes drafting impeccable documents, becoming a legal professional will provide you with plenty of intellectual stimulation and enable you to make a real difference.
What are you waiting for? Get started on your journey today.