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Law Degrees

Law degrees have always been among the most sought-after and widely respected courses to study at university. For many, a law degree is the first step along the path to a career in the legal sector, often followed by the further study and training needed to become a practicing solicitor or barrister. However, this is certainly not the only reason to study law at university. Law degrees are notoriously challenging, and for many students, the attraction lies in the unique combination of human interest and intellectual stimulation provided.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a law degree include:

  • Knowledge of legal matters, policy, theories and case studies
  • Understanding of contemporary business, politics, sociology and ethics/morality
  • Professional expertise in law, including command of technical language
  • Experience and skills in mooting
  • Ability to draft legal documents
  • Ability to understand complex issues from multiple perspectives in order to “see the bigger picture”
  • Ability to construct and defend an argument persuasively
  • Excellent professional communication skills, spoken and written, including presentation skills
  • Self-management, including planning and meeting deadlines
  • General IT skills
  • General research skills
  • General numerical skills
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Analytical and reasoning skills
  • Legal research skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Foreign language skills (if taking a degree with a foreign language component)