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Skills and Qualities required to study law

Studying law requires a number of skills, it is intellectually challenging but also highly rewarding. Here is a list of some of the skills we think are most important to being a successful law student.

Studying law requires a number of skills, it is intellectually challenging but also highly rewarding. Here is a list of some of the skills we think are most important to being a successful law student. Don’t worry though, we don’t expect our students to be brilliant at everything from day one of their degrees! We give our students the help and support they need to develop and perfect their skills and prepare them for life after university.

A thirst for knowledge

Although law is sometimes portrayed as a dull subject, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Law is in fact a very varied subject affecting every aspect of our lives. If you have an interest in understanding what’s happening in the world around you law could be the subject for you.

Excellent communication skills

Good written and verbal communication is very important to the study of law. A significant part of your degree will be assessed by way of written examinations and coursework. A willingness to participate in group discussions and presentations is also important. Whether you are communicating verbally or in writing you need to be able to present arguments and ideas in a clear, logical and persuasive way.

Independent Learner

Studying law requires dedication. Whilst your tutors will provide you with help and guidance you must be able to motivate yourself to study, take the initiative when required and learn to plan your time and meet deadlines.

Teamwork

Whilst you need the ability to work independently you also need to be a team player. One of the great things about university is that you get to meet a wide range of people from all different backgrounds. Your studies will sometimes require you to work in small or large groups with your fellow students. You need to be able to constructively contribute to such group work to achieve the goals set.

Research skills

Contrary to what your friends and family might believe the minute you start law school, nobody knows everything about the law. Whilst you are not expected to know everything, you are expected to know how to find the information you need. Legal research is therefore key. Resources are increasingly electronic so good computer skills are a real bonus. Don’t worry though, from induction onwards you will be provided with plenty of guidance and training about how to conduct effective legal research.

Commercial awareness

Studying a law degree gives you a diverse range of career options. Whether you decide to join the legal profession or go into some other sector, employers are increasingly looking for graduates who are commercially aware. Law firms are, after all, just like any other business and rely on attracting and retaining clients in order to make a profit. Employers are looking for graduates who understand how businesses work and what competition they face, graduates who can innovate and spot new opportunities in the market.


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