What students say about law
My course covers a wide range of areas, including criminal law, contract law and property law. My course looks at the content of these areas of the law, how they apply in real life cases and hypothetical situations, evaluate the law, and decide how we feel the law should alter to meet different social ways and needs (and the recommendations already put forward for this). These different aspects make the course extremely challenging, but it is an interesting challenge that can be overcome.1st year, University of Surrey
Law students don't have an awful lot of contact hours, anything between eight to 12 hours including seminars. There is, however, a lot of reading to be completed outside of teaching hours and commitment is needed to do well. The first year of my course has a varied syllabus including tort, contract, justice equality and society, public law and the English legal system. It really gives you a great foundation to start your law degree. Tort challenges opinions and contract helps to develop problem solving skills, whilst public law focuses on the role of law in politics and the basis of our constitution.1st year, University of Sussex
Studying law means having to devote quite a lot of time to your work. On my course, there are 10 hours of teaching time each week and a lot of content to get through, so during free time it's essential to catch up with seminar work and lectures. However, even with the research that is required, law is an extremely interesting course to take - you are constantly learning about new areas and it's amazing how it applies, more than you think, to real life. There are five modules in the first year and there are different ways in which they're assessed, for example one might be 100% coursework, or 100% exam, or 50% of each. You even get the chance to do an oral presentation called a moot, which I particularly enjoyed as it gives you the chance to showcase how you would argue a legal point.1st year, Nottingham Trent University
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Chartered accountant
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What employers like about this subject
A very popular degree, law provides students with a range of useful skills. Specialist subject skills include knowledge of the legal system under study; how to apply, assess and critique law; how to interview and how to use legal databases and legal theories. Law students also develop a range of sought-after transferable skills including effective communication, teamwork and research skills and the ability to think critically. Graduates are in demand, not just in the law industry itself, but from employers in accountancy, recruitment, government bodies, hospitals, insurance, banking and universities.