Academics & Research
The motivation for signing up for Law programme is twofold. First, it helps in in combining legal knowledge with other academic disciplines. The set-up of the of the LAW and Legal programmes encourages interdisciplinary research and offers students the required academic tools. The open-minded set-up of the programme allows to position legal dilemmas, including the economic and moral philosophical academic debate. The second reason for signing up for the programme is the desire to improve the legal analysis skills and legal writing skills. The small-scale legal methodology, legal English group sessions, and the drafting of multiple papers significantly contributes to achieving this goal.
Reading large amounts of information, absorbing facts and figures, analysing material and then distilling it into something manageable is a feature of any law career, whether working for a commercial firm or practising as a criminal barrister. Research also plays a very important role in a lawyer's day-to-day job. One needs research skills when doing the background work on a case, drafting legal documents and advising clients on complicated issues.
Studying Law is much more than just a stepping-stone to a fruitful academic career. It allows its students to enhance their grasp of the substantive and theoretical underpinnings of their field of interests, irrespective of the career one pursues.
In research aspects, this programme can be excellent preparation for a subsequent PhD programme. You may become a PhD fellow. The key is being able to identify what is relevant out of the mass of information and explain it clearly and concisely to your client. Hone this skill by taking large documents or long news articles and making five-point bulleted lists of the most important themes.
Research also plays a huge role in a lawyer's day-to-day job. You'll need research skills when doing the background work on a case, drafting legal documents and advising clients on complicated issues. Use your time at university to familiarise yourself with internet and library resources and build up a network of contacts. As a newly qualified solicitor or barrister, industry connections can prove to be a useful source of advice.