THE STUDY OF LAW
Reading 1: A career in law
1. Which courses do law students in the UK have to take?
2. Which optional courses might a student who wants to work in a big law firm take?
The study of law is intellectually stimulating and challenging and can lead to a variety of interesting careers.
In the UK and the USA, law degree programmes usually take three years to complete. In the UK, these programmes typically include core subjects such as criminal law, contract law, tort law, land law, equity and trusts, administrative law and constitutional law. In addition, students are often required to take courses covering such as legal writing and legal research.
Here is also a variety of optional (elective) courses available. Since many law students go on to become lawyers, students often take courses that will be useful to them during their future careers. Someone wishing to run a small partnership or to work alone as a sole practitioner in a small town may decide to take subjects such as family law, employment law and housing law. Those wishing to work in a large law practice will consider subjects such as company law, commercial law and litigation and arbitration.
Many universities also offer courses on legal practice. Courses like this give students the opportunity to experience the work of a lawyer before deciding on a career in the law. Another way of finding out more about law in practice is to get involved with a voluntary advice centre or law clinic. These law clinics offer free legal assistance to the local community and provide a useful introduction to some of the day-to-day work of a lawyer.
For students wishing to work in a commercial practice, knowledge of foreign language is essential. When law firms hire new recruits, they generally look at four things: education, personality, work experience and language ability. Since English is the language of the international legal community, law firms increasingly expect graduates to have a good command of English.
Date: 2015-01-29; view: 1503