Why Study Law?

If you are thinking that you might wish to pursue a career as a lawyer, whether a solicitor or a barrister, there are two different ways of getting the necessary qualifications. One is to study Law at University, typically for three years, and then take the relevant vocational course.  The other route is to study any subject at University other than Law, then do a one-year Law conversion course and finally complete the relevant vocational course to become a solicitor or a barrister. 

Many people who study Law at University do so because they want to become practising lawyers.  However, studying Law at University is a legitimate subject for academic study even if you definitely do not want to become a lawyer, or think that you may not become a practising lawyer. That is because the study of Law at University is not a vocational subject; it is an academic subject and an intellectual discipline.

For those considering either situation, the Faculty has produced additional information explaining the benefits of studying an academic Law degree for those students wishing to enter the legal professions, and the benefits of studying an academic Law degree for those students who are not sure they wish to enter the legal professions:

The value of a Law Degree was the subject of a debate between Professor Graham Virgo and Lord Jonathan Sumption (Justice of the Supreme Court).

Graham Virgo Video

Professor Graham Virgo


Students don’t study law in a bubble; they engage with big philosophical and ethical issues