If you are interested in making a difference to society, then studying a law degree may be for you. A degree in law will help shape and develop your thinking around key issues related to humanity.
A law degree opens doors to many different opportunities. You will gain the skills needed to become a successful lawyer, but you will also develop the knowledge and skills applicable to various industries, preparing you for a wide range of careers. This is why law degrees are among the most popular and sought-after qualifications.
It’s not always easy to decide which course to take at university, but don’t worry. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons for studying law and what you might gain from it.
Why study Law?
Studying law is relevant in so many ways to our everyday lives. With a law degree, you’ll develop a number of skills that are key to employability in legal and non-legal industries.
Studying law will teach you how to analyse problems, think about their nature, consider what the law says about them and determine the appropriate solutions. You will also learn how to construct a sensible coherent and logical argument. By studying law, you’ll develop critical and analytical thinking and legal writing skills.
Studying law at university provides you with an opportunity to engage in the analysis of the law and is intellectually stimulating, even if you do not want to become a lawyer. However, if your goal is to become a lawyer or work in the legal field, you will need to take additional training in order to become a Chartered Legal Executive, Solicitor or a Barrister.
Becoming a Chartered Legal Executive
One of the three main legal professional bodies in England and Wales is CILEx (The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives). CILEx Lawyers, paralegals and other legal professionals make up over 20,000 members.
After completing your law degree, you can qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive by undertaking a minimum of three years’ full-time qualifying employment (or equivalent part-time employment) and by demonstrating your competence in the work-based learning outcomes. You will also need to satisfy the CILEx Regulation’s character and suitability requirements.
Becoming a Solicitor
In England and Wales, all aspiring Solicitors are required to take the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). This is a new system introduced in 2021. All Solicitors will have to pass the SQE in order to qualify and this is to ensure consistent, high standards for all qualified Solicitors.
Becoming a Barrister
In England and Wales, becoming a barrister is highly competitive. You must either have a law degree or a non-law degree and have the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). After the academic stage, the trainee will enter the vocational stage, where they will be exposed to the skills required for barristers both inside and outside the courtroom. These skills are taught during the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The one-year full-time BPTC program consists of core subjects and electives that prepare you for life at the bar.
Studying Law at Bloomsbury Institute
Studying LLB Law and Legal Practice here at Bloomsbury Institute will well prepare you to become a legal professional. Our law degrees have been re-designed to meet the changes that have been made to how you qualify as a lawyer.
We are accredited by CILEx. If you seek to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive, you will satisfy the CILEx Regulation knowledge and skills education standards. If you’re keen to become a Solicitor, you will be prepared for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Part 1. And if your dream is to qualify as a Barrister, you will be prepared for the Barrister’s vocational stage of training. Our LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice degrees cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge which are required for the academic component of Bar training.
At Bloomsbury Institute, you can apply the knowledge gained through your studies to real-life situations, such as volunteering at Bloomsbury Law Clinic. After you have completed the Year 1 module Clinical Legal Practice, you can undertake the role of Law Clinic Advisor to gain invaluable practice-based and professional exposure.
Interested in studying with us? Applications are now open for our June 2022 intake.
You can also attend an open day to learn more about our LLB Law courses, see our new state-of-the-art building and speak to our students to find out why they love Bloomsbury Institute.