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What is it Like to Study Law at University?

What it’s like to study the course that they’re now doing. What are the usual pitfalls and clichés that you’re going to come across? Well, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s that students often have, check them out!

What do I need to study law?

Well, first of a passion for the subject is absolutely key, you certainly do not want to be studying a subject that you don’t love – especially one like law, where the intensity of the course starts from the very beginning. With regards to the required A-Levels and GCSEs, you need to be passionate about the law course that you are about to embark on.

What grades do I need to study law?

The grades needed to study law are mainly English and Mathematics. With regards to grade requirements, you’d need to be getting anything from C – A*, however, different universities will have different requirements, it’s best to check out which university is best to study law at with your various university choices.

How much reading is involved?

Law is somewhat notorious for being very big on reading with many students complaining about the intensity of the reading load, with huge and very thick volumes being covered in the course’s syllabus. It’s worth bearing in mind that the reading element of law can’t really be ignored either, this is part of studying law.

How difficult is it to study law?

Again law ranks as a prestigious degree. Even if you’re studying one of the so-called “easier” laws, it’s still one of the most difficult degrees to study and will require you to work hard from your very first day of studying law.

How much coursework is there involved when studying law?

There is an awful lot of coursework. You can sometimes have upwards of three assignments at any one time. The idea of learning on your own is very much encouraged here, but you will have a huge amount of essays and a large amount of independent learning. We recommend that you start a study group as the best way to help you with your very heavy workload. There are a number of exams, too, so be sure to fill your head with a number of exam revision tips, too! 

How much does it cost to study law?

It’s almost impossible to get the exact costing of an undergraduate Law degree as costings tend to vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at; however, an estimated £8,500 – £9,000 tuition per year for an undergraduate degree is a fair ballpark. Prices can be either side of those prices depending on the university.

What’s my job likelihood after studying law?

The likelihood of a job at the end of a degree is difficult for everyone, however with law degrees the likelihood is that a job will be available for you, but you will have to work your way up. The way to do this is by working as an apprentice and working your way up the ladder in the law industry. Many of the jobs are graduate jobs and do require you to do even more learning on the job as well. However, during your degree, it is quite likely that you will be asked to find a work experience job as well, which if you make a good impression, may offer you a placement at the end of your degree.

What jobs can I get after studying law?

  • Barrister
  • Barrister’s Clerk
  • Chartered legal executive (England and Wales)
  • Company Secretary
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Solicitor