why law students are better than everyone else

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1. You understand the world so (so, so) much better than everyone else

Having made it to three out of four 9am lectures this week, you are now basically an oracle. Studied land law? You can now sort out your friend’s landlord/tenant dispute for them. Friend’s just been kicked out of a club? You’ll make sure to play the Equality Act card and get them back in.

2. Who cares if you’re years away from qualifying — you’re practically already a lawyer

Solicitors Regulation Authority who? While everyone else pitter patters away with their essays and dissertations, you’re already out on the forefront of legal practice. With cuts to legal aid, your time in the uni pro bono clinic is nothing short of a crucial service to humanity.

3. Fancy events with (not Sainsbury’s basics) wine are the norm

Law balls, networking events, career talks, Inns of Court dinners, the list goes on. The collective effect of such exposure makes lawyers-to-be far more sophisticated than your average student.

4. Your lecturers are famous

Law students are taught by the biggest of the BNOCs. Forget sitting in an office working on lame academic research — your lecturers are out giving evidence in parliament or plotting Supreme Court careers like the one of former academic Lady Hale.

5. Legal work experience is the bes

No, you’re not filing away papers at your dad’s best friend’s brother’s office, you’re doing proper work experience — legal work experience. Have any of your non-lawyer friends ever met a murderer? Didn’t think so. And is it difficult to work with these people? Well yes, but its just all the more evidence of your impeccably multi-layered, compassionate, professional, kind-hearted character.

6. You’re a one-man warrior of social justice

Law is a worthy profession to get into. Your friends and family um and ahh as you tell them about your plans to single-handedly rectify every single miscarriage of justice there’s ever been. Don’t worry: the Noble Peace Prize is on its way.

7. A law degree is practically two degrees

Modus operandi, inter alia, prima facie, ratio decidendi, mens rea — you’re learning so much Latin you might as well be doing a joint honours.

8. You’re balling

 

Well, maybe not yet. But chances are you’ll bag a magic circle TC and will be living the Suits lifestyle in no time.

9. Even if you decide not to become a lawyer, you’re made

Employers love law students — so if you decide the lawyer-life isn’t for you, then there are still options out there. Become a journalist like Afua Hirsch. Become the President of America like Barack Obama. Become Derren Brown. The world is your oyster.

10. Law school has made you a super student

Complain though you will, you’ve acquired some pretty useful skills during your time at university. You’ll never yawn inappropriately again because, after studying contract law, you are totally immune to boredom. You can read the Financial Times from cover to cover in less than five minutes. You can highlight at a rate of 15 words per second. The list goes on.

11. The law is constantly evolving

Sorry geographers — once an oxbow lake is an oxbow lake, it’s not going to change. And, history students, we can exclusively confirm that the roaring twenties are well and truly over. Law is different (and better): it’s important, it’s topical, and it’s constantly changing, and that makes it exciting.

12. In your spare time, you like to bring massive legal actions — and win

Need a break from staring at paper in between Twitter scrolls? Just sue Facebook, like Austrian law student Max Schrems (pictured above) — no biggie.

13. You get your own library (even if it’s full of arts students)

If it says ‘law’ on the front, it’s yours and no one else’s.

14. Dressing up is seen as an acceptable hobby

If you’re lucky enough to don a wig and robes at a mooting competition or some other event, you truly feel as if you’ve made it in life. You’ve now got a taste for it and feel in much better stead at fancy dress parties.

15. You can outsmart your politics student friends

In the desperate, pre-interview strive for commercial awareness, you like to keep up to date with the news — and are now a total political affairs know-it-all. You follow The Independent on Twitter, and once read Private Eye in the hairdressers. You even stayed up all night eating ice cream and watching the election results, and now feel your chances of becoming Prime Minister have at least doubled.

1. You understand the world so (so, so) much better than everyone else

Having made it to three out of four 9am lectures this week, you are now basically an oracle. Studied land law? You can now sort out your friend’s landlord/tenant dispute for them. Friend’s just been kicked out of a club? You’ll make sure to play the Equality Act card and get them back in.

2. Who cares if you’re years away from qualifying — you’re practically already a lawyer

Solicitors Regulation Authority who? While everyone else pitter patters away with their essays and dissertations, you’re already out on the forefront of legal practice. With cuts to legal aid, your time in the uni pro bono clinic is nothing short of a crucial service to humanity.

3. Fancy events with (not Sainsbury’s basics) wine are the norm

Law balls, networking events, career talks, Inns of Court dinners, the list goes on. The collective effect of such exposure makes lawyers-to-be far more sophisticated than your average student.

4. Your lecturers are famous

Law students are taught by the biggest of the BNOCs. Forget sitting in an office working on lame academic research — your lecturers are out giving evidence in parliament or plotting Supreme Court careers like the one of former academic Lady Hale.

5. Legal work experience is the bes

No, you’re not filing away papers at your dad’s best friend’s brother’s office, you’re doing proper work experience — legal work experience. Have any of your non-lawyer friends ever met a murderer? Didn’t think so. And is it difficult to work with these people? Well yes, but its just all the more evidence of your impeccably multi-layered, compassionate, professional, kind-hearted character.

6. You’re a one-man warrior of social justice

Law is a worthy profession to get into. Your friends and family um and ahh as you tell them about your plans to single-handedly rectify every single miscarriage of justice there’s ever been. Don’t worry: the Noble Peace Prize is on its way.

7. A law degree is practically two degrees

Modus operandi, inter alia, prima facie, ratio decidendi, mens rea — you’re learning so much Latin you might as well be doing a joint honours.

8. You’re balling

 

Well, maybe not yet. But chances are you’ll bag a magic circle TC and will be living the Suits lifestyle in no time.

9. Even if you decide not to become a lawyer, you’re made

Employers love law students — so if you decide the lawyer-life isn’t for you, then there are still options out there. Become a journalist like Afua Hirsch. Become the President of America like Barack Obama. Become Derren Brown. The world is your oyster.

10. Law school has made you a super student

Complain though you will, you’ve acquired some pretty useful skills during your time at university. You’ll never yawn inappropriately again because, after studying contract law, you are totally immune to boredom. You can read the Financial Times from cover to cover in less than five minutes. You can highlight at a rate of 15 words per second. The list goes on.

11. The law is constantly evolving

Sorry geographers — once an oxbow lake is an oxbow lake, it’s not going to change. And, history students, we can exclusively confirm that the roaring twenties are well and truly over. Law is different (and better): it’s important, it’s topical, and it’s constantly changing, and that makes it exciting.

12. In your spare time, you like to bring massive legal actions — and win

Need a break from staring at paper in between Twitter scrolls? Just sue Facebook, like Austrian law student Max Schrems (pictured above) — no biggie.

13. You get your own library (even if it’s full of arts students)

If it says ‘law’ on the front, it’s yours and no one else’s.

14. Dressing up is seen as an acceptable hobby

If you’re lucky enough to don a wig and robes at a mooting competition or some other event, you truly feel as if you’ve made it in life. You’ve now got a taste for it and feel in much better stead at fancy dress parties.

15. You can outsmart your politics student friends

In the desperate, pre-interview strive for commercial awareness, you like to keep up to date with the news — and are now a total political affairs know-it-all. You follow The Independent on Twitter, and once read Private Eye in the hairdressers. You even stayed up all night eating ice cream and watching the election results, and now feel your chances of becoming Prime Minister have at least doubled.

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Is Law Right for Me?

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This question we often came across while we decide to take legal as your profession.

Deciding whether to attend law school is a big decision, but we’re here to help. Learning more about law school and legal careers will help you decide whether law school is right for you.

How do I decide if law school and the legal profession are right for me?

Your freshman and sophomore years are good times to investigate law school and legal careers.

Law school is a challenging, but rewarding, undertaking. Law touches upon issues relating to business, economics, politics, the environment, human rights, international relations and trade. As a law student, you can expect to learn analytical skills that will allow you to resolve conflicts and issues in modern society. Obtaining a law degree is a useful way to prepare not only for specific legal careers, but also for a broad range of professional roles.

Like most academic degrees, law programs start with compulsory courses the first year, and allow more opportunities to choose law topics tailored to a particular career path in the second and third years. Law classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, class debates and simulation (practical skills training in a simulated legal setting).

Talking to lawyers, getting involved in law-related activities, gaining summer internship experiences, taking courses that touch on legal topics, and reading about the profession can help you determine whether law school is right for you.

What is it that attracts you to a career in law?

Is it based on a realistic idea of what the jobs in this field require and an understanding that you have the personality and experience for it, or have you been attracted by an exciting but not necessarily realistic courtroom drama?

Like all jobs, there are challenges and opportunities. Let’s start with the challenges, because if those don’t put you off, then you can read about what makes it worth doing!

Challenges you might face pursuing a legal career

The first challenge is an academic one. Do you have, or are you looking forward to, mainly A* and A grades at GCSE, A and B grades at A level, and at least a 2:1 degree? If so, then keep reading.

The further you are from this, the harder it becomes to get into law. Practicing as a legal professional is unlikely to be accessible for people who are not able to demonstrate a good academic track record.

Regardless, the examinations you need to pass to qualify will have a strong academic component, so academic ability is important and experience of study at a higher education level will certainly help.

Personal skills you will need to be a lawyer

Unfortunately it’s not enough to be academically able! You need to be able to relate naturally and confidently to a wide range of people, to understand their needs, influence and empathise, and be able to communicate how you can help.

This includes both colleagues and clients, and written communication as well as face-to-face or over the phone.

You need to have a rare skill with information too. If you can understand a lot of information quickly and work out the practical implications of what you have learnt, then you have a skill vital for a successful career in law.

One particularly important aspect of this is commercial awareness. You need to be the sort of person who, for example, reads newspapers and considers the various implications of business developments.

A person who understands the likely implications of contemporary developments for their clients is likely to make a good solicitor or barrister.

You are going to need to be able to keep a cool head under stress too; it is not unusual to work a day of twelve hours or more at busy times. Needless to say, all this requires excellent time-management skills.

What do I need to do after university to get into a career in law?

Even if you have all these skills down, this will not guarantee you a job! Once you have a law degree or another degree plus a one-year law conversion course, the next step is to gain a training contract with a law firm.

There are more people wanting these than there are contracts available.  Vacation schemes and other work experience will increase your chances of finding a training contract.

Why go into a law career?

– You get the opportunity to work closely with a wide range of clients on interesting and important work.

– You work in a close team with your colleagues. It’s often a supportive team with plenty of social contact.

– You become an expert and that expertise is valued by your clients and colleagues.

– There can be a wide variety of work and you often see clear results from your contributions.

– The financial rewards can be impressive after a few years of experience.

All of this is simply a roundabout way of saying that a job as a solicitor or barrister is a fantastic job for the right person. If you have both the confidence and the evidence that you are that kind of person, then go for it!

WHY To Choose Law Career

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While I was thinking about my first post to this blog my mind stuck to the question that asked by many peoples “why I choose law as career?”

This far most asked question to the person in the field of law. In my first post I will explain why to choose law career.

First let start by quoting the famous line of this arena

“The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer.”

-Will Rogers

So, Why to choose legal field

1. Law is the combination of theory and practice

Behind the law of the land lies an awful lot of theory and there’s no doubt that students will have to rigorously learn it, but remember law is a fairly defined profession and its tuition has to also be vocational in nature. Some unis go so far as having a mock courtroom, and running moot competitions and pro bono societies, giving students a real taster of what it’s like to practice law.

2. Law and case-based learning are twin sisters

Even when learning the theory law students will spend a lot of time trawling through cases. Law schools use real-life examples to demonstrate how the theory is applied. Students are left in no doubt as to whether the content they’re learning will have real-life application.

3. Studying law equips students with a variety of skills

Learning to become a lawyer rather neatly means you’ll graduate university equipped with the skills for a whole host of professional paths. Here’s a few of those skills:

  • Research – through analysis of case studies.
  • Critical analysis – students read primary sources and make up their own mind.
  • Synthesis of complex ideas – law students will have to get to grips with a whole new language but they’ll also need to be able to communicate in layman’s terms.
  • Presentation – student’s often partake in mooting competitions and pro bono societies, offering legal advice to real people.
  • Writing – you’ll have to communicate all of the above – on paper!

These skills are highly transferable to a number of other industries and sectors, commercial or otherwise.

4. Law graduates are well respected by employers

The variety of skills provided by a law degree puts these type of graduates at the forefront of employer’s minds. Add to this the fact that law is one of the world’s oldest fields of study, professions, human endeavour – you get the picture – and it’s no surprise to see that graduates enjoy such good career prospects.

5.The corporate ladder

One of the best things about the legal profession is the ease in which you can move up the corporate ladder. The more experience you have, the more money you are likely to make, regardless as to whether you actually receive a promotion. Many firms these days often split up the business into departments, assigning managers to each area of law. This will give you ample opportunity to develop your career from a management perspective and a legal perspective, maybe one day climbing all the way to partner or director level.

6. Clear postgraduate options

Those who leave their undergraduate studies with hearts set on a career in law have a number of clearly defined options for the next step:

  • LLM – some students may wish to develop their learning via a Master of Laws degree.
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) – for solicitors.
  • Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) – for solicitors.

7. There’s something for everyone

The legal system is extremely diverse with a great number of areas for prospective lawyers to specialize in. Take your pick of family, employment, criminal, corporate, commercial, and so on. You can direct your career to suit your own specific interests and make your job as thrilling (or as tedious) as you want it to be.

8. Status

Law is one of the world’s traditional professions, pursue it and be prepared for a life of comfortable respectability.

9. Money, money, money

Despite what’s currently going on in the media, legal professions are still quite well paid. Obviously, it all comes down to the type of firm you work for and how many years experience you have but you can still earn a decent living relatively early in your career.

10. The greater good

Last, but certainly not least, choosing to pursue a career in law will give you a rare opportunity to actually make some difference in the world. Whether you make drastic changes to the lives of many, or make a small contribution to improving the life of just one person, doesn’t that make it all worth it? Money and career progression aside, you want to do something that counts.

Despite Aristotle’s well known quote “the law is reason free from passion” many people are still passionate about pursuing a career in law. All negatives aside, you have to choose what’s right for you, so don’t be afraid to take a chance.