September 19, 2018

Featured Degree This Month: Undergraduate Law Degree

Law is a popular degree choice for thousands of students across the UK and many embark upon this journey  because they aspire to have a career as solicitor or barrister. But a LLB (Hons) Degree is so much more than that, equipping you with a wide range of skills that can launch a successful career in many different industries.

If you have an interest in business, politics, finance, international relations, media, international trade and human rights to name but a few, a law degree can prove extremely useful in these areas too. 

Why is a law degree so important?

The law is in every part of our lives. From how we live and the rules we live by to the sanctions people receive for breaking those rules. The law governs how companies are run, how contracts are created, the liability of individuals and how houses are bought and sold. The list is endless but without law, where would order come from?

A law degree teaches you how the law functions and how it governs society, how it has evolved and continues to evolve and how it is applied in many different contexts. It is also a highly respectable qualification with graduate of this degree having high employability rates.

What will I learn? 

You’ll learn about many different aspects of the law from contract and employment law/human rights to criminal law, tort, trusts, environmental law, European law, international law and much more. In addition, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the legal system.

However a law degree is so much more than just law – you’ll also learn how to:

  • Carry out thorough research and look critically at case studies.
  • Undertake critical analysis.
  • Put together complex ideas using specialised terminology and explain it in layman’s terms.
  • Present information you find and build up public speaking and communication skills.
  • Reason in a clear and logical way.
  • Build strong written work which will enhance your communication skills.

Interests and skills

To study law you need an inquisitive mind and a love of reading. You will read a lot during an LLB course and you need to be able to take in, as well as understand and analyse large amounts of data. Enjoying discussions and making rigorous arguments and counter arguments are also of huge benefit.

Additionally, you’ll need good communication skills as well as verbal and written reasoning skills, be excellent with time management and have an eye for detail. 

Where will it lead me? 

The great thing about a bachelor degree in law is the sheer breadth of opportunities it can give you. Naturally, you can go on to become a solicitor or a barrister after taking professional training and work in many different areas of law. You may choose to specialise in a particular area. For example, you might decide to work for the Crown Prosecution Service or you may choose a private field such as employment law. If you work privately you can differentiate further by working in a small firm dealing with family law, conveyancing and probate or you could work for a firm which specialises in commercial law dealing with large company mergers.

If you choose not to enter the legal professions directly there are a host of other jobs you can have as well – detective, paralegal, barrister’s clerk, chartered accountant, data analyst, trading standards officer, human resources manager or stockbroker, to name a few.

Law is also highly respected in unrelated areas such as journalism, media and project management so it really is a gateway to a wide range of career choices.

Entry requirements

Law is a highly sought after degree so the entry requirements are quite stringent with GSM London. You will need at least three A-Levels (A*-D) or equivalent qualifications which give you a UCAS tariff of 72 points or more. Equivalent qualifications include BTEC National Certificate/Diploma, Advanced Level Diploma, HNC/D, Access to HE, International Baccalaureate, Irish/Scottish Highers/Advanced.

Alternatively, you can apply if you have undertaken GSM London’s Foundation Year Programme – you will need to have a minimum of 120 credits, a minimum overall pass mark of 60% and a minimum of 40% in the ‘Understanding Law’ module.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need to be show proof of fluency or an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.

Even if you don’t have the required qualifications it’s still possible to gain entry via our Integrated Foundation Year– you can still be considered if you can provide an up to date CV and evidence of at least one year of full-time work and a signed and stamped work reference. You may also need to have an interview, academic interview and undertake a written essay.

A minimum of two years professional work experience in a relevant field is required for direct entry.

How do I apply?

We would like to hear from you if you have any questions about our Undergraduate Law Degree. You can call us on 020 3797 4687 or find out how to apply here.

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