What skills will the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) give you?
Over 70% of graduate level employment is open to students of any degree discipline and law graduates are always well sought after given the skills and discipline required to complete a law programme. A law graduate, in addition to having obtained knowledge of substantive law, will have the ability to analyse, critically evaluate and present material in a structured and coherent manner. Such wide range of skills equip graduates for a range of carrier opportunities other than legal practice including national and local government, business, academia, politics, international relations and the media.
Many successful and famous international figures including Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Hillary Clinton and Andrea Bocelli are law graduates.
What is the competition for places like?
For those of you wanting to study law as part of your pathway towards one day qualifying as a lawyer or a barrister, it is important for you to understand just how competitive this process has become, especially in times of economic recession. Finding a training contract and an employer is becoming ever more difficult, especially for students with little experience outside of academic life.
The key is to start researching early, and to gather as much experience and as many contacts as you can to help you along the way. This is where law students have to set themselves apart from those studying other disciplines at university. As a law student you have to be more organised and more proactive far earlier in your academic life. It’s no use waiting until your final year to start looking into LPC, BPTC or paralegal opportunities. You need to have been doing this almost from the day your course begins. Every law institution in the UK will hold law fairs and specific talks to help you on your way, but don’t make the mistake of assuming these are just for third years. Take the time to go to them from the very start and it could just make the difference you need.
What will your Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree cover?
Make sure you also use your studies to help you understand more about what fields you are interested in, and what path you want to take. Law degrees are very similar all over the UK in order to be Qualifying Law Degrees. As such you will cover law of tort, family law, commercial, company and land law amongst others. When it comes to the next stage of your career you need to be thinking about areas in which you want to work. Do you want to look for a training contract with a big corporate where you’ll specialise in one particular area, or would you prefer a high street setup where you’ll cover a whole host of diverse smaller scale cases?
Get a head start
There’s plenty of online resources available that can help you plan from choosing the right place to study your LLB, all the way up to finding employment as a barrister or solicitor.