Lawyers develop analytical and communications skills alongside attractive career prospects.
Law courses in the UK tend to place a strong emphasis on compulsory or core modules in the first year, and often also in the second year, with options forming the main focus in later years. Teaching focused on developing skills which lawyers need – from the basics of research to constructing an argument and knowledge of how to interview legal clients – can also feature from the first year of the course.
Core teaching will focus on aspects of the subject including contract law, criminal law, property law and the legal foundations of the European Union. Options can embrace subjects including child law, labour law, human rights, bioethics, legal philosophy, current legal issues and environmental law. Some courses also offer undergraduates the chance to combine study of law with modern foreign language learning. Many give students the chance to research and write a dissertation in the third or fourth year.