There are many different reasons you may choose to study law. Here are some reasons:
- Law is interesting – the law governs many aspects of our lives and is integral to the maintenance of order in society. How do we ensure laws achieve justice and fairness? Do laws reflect societal beliefs? These are some of the questions that you will ask as you investigate the function of law in our society.
- To understand the law – for something that is so pervasive in our lives, most people have very little understanding of the law and it is a total mystery to them. By studying the law, you will better understand how laws operate in society. You will gain an understanding of your rights and legal obligations.
- Develop your skills – law helps you to develop a whole range of skills ranging from communication, writing skills, research and analytical thinking. These skills will be helpful for any career, even outside the law.
- Law is challenging – studying a law degree is not easy! Some may relish in the opportunity to challenge themselves.
- Create change in the world – by understanding how the law affects the lives of all individuals, you can help push for legal reform that ultimately enriches our society.
Here are many other reasons to study law:
Is studying law right for me?
Studying law can be quite a challenge and you will have to think about whether you can commit to studying law for 3 years or 5 years plus (for a combined degree). Are you interested in the law? Are you strong at writing and communication (or do you think you will be committed enough to develop these skills to an adequate level)? These are some of the questions you will have to think about.
Completing a law degree does not mean you have to work as a lawyer. Today, a law degree can be useful in all sorts of disciplines including business, politics and international affairs. There are many career options outside law, using a law degree.
However, if your heart is set on working in a particular field, it might be wise to instead focus on studying a degree that is most relevant to that field. You may wish to study a combined law degree, that way you can pursue your passion while also augmenting your studies with the skills gained during a law degree.
Ultimately, if you are on the fence about whether to start a law degree, a good idea is to try it out for a at least a year. If you do not enjoy studying law, it is quite easy to transfer to another degree and by then you might have a better idea about what sort of career you are looking to pursue.