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My name is Graham Virgo, I’m Professor of English Private Law in the Faculty of Law
at the University of Cambridge, and I’m going to consider the question why you should
study law if you don’t want to become a lawyer.
A lot of people who study Law at University do so because they want to become practising
lawyers, whether barristers or solicitors. But it is not necessary to read Law at University
to become a practising lawyer. Equally, studying Law at University is a legitimate subject
for academic study even if you definitely do not want to become a lawyer or think that
you may not become a practising lawyer. That is because the study of Law at University
is not a vocational subject; it is an academic subject and an intellectual discipline. Even
those students who study Law at University intending to become practising lawyers are
required to do additional vocational training to prepare them for working either as a barrister
or a solicitor; for them the study of Law at University by itself is not sufficient
to train them to become lawyers. So why do such students study law at University and
why do others study Law even if they don’t want to become a lawyer? The answer is fairly
similar in both cases, namely that studying Law at University trains the student to think
and write logically and clearly; enables the student to engage in the critical analysis
of the law; enables the student to engage in a wide variety of different academic disciplines;
and finally, it is interesting and intellectually stimulating.
Students who study law at Cambridge end up doing a wide variety of jobs, other than being
a practising lawyer or a teacher or researcher of law. The study of Law enables students
to acquire and develop skills and knowledge which will be of relevance to business, politics,
the civil service, charitable organisations, international non-governmental organisations,
banking, finance, journalism and much, much more.
So what are the advantages of studying Law at University generally and studying Law at
Cambridge specifically? First, breadth and depth of knowledge.
At Cambridge most Law students study 14 papers over three years. Seven of these are the foundation
papers which must be taken if a student wishes to practice law, but, even if not, they are
papers in subjects which are so fundamental to English law, such as crime, contract and
constitutional law, that they ought to be studied to get a good idea of what the law
is about. All students at Cambridge also study Roman
Law in the first year which is an excellent introduction to legal principles and legal
thinking. Law students then have a choice of 6 other
subjects from a very wide list of subjects. This enables them to specialise or to study
subjects which may relate to other academic disciplines, such as history, philosophy,
sociology, psychology, government and politics, international relations and economics.
Students with an expertise and interest in modern languages can also apply to go to one
of four European countries between the second and third year of their legal students and
study law in that foreign country, either in France, Germany, Spain or Holland.
Secondly, learning to think like a lawyer. Law is an academic discipline which enables
students to think like lawyers. This means that they need to develop skills in thinking
logically; in identifying issues in practical problems; in assessing evidence and in reaching
judgments. These are all skills which are of significance to a wide variety of different
jobs and professions. The advantage of the small group teaching system at Cambridge means
that students get a great deal of support from their teachers in being able to think
and analyse the law. You also get a great deal of support in developing legal writing
skills, which emphasises clarity of expression, conciseness and precision in the use of language;
again, skills which are of real benefit to many careers.
Thirdly, encouraging critical engagement. One of the real benefits of studying Law at
university is that the law is not taken at face value as something which is unchanging,
but rather is something which can moulded and developed. This may be through careful
interpretation of the rules or through careful assessment of old precedents to see how they
can be applied to new problems. But Law students also engage in discussions and thinking about
more radical reform of the law. Law students are encouraged to reflect on the law, to think
critically about the law, to consider whether the law is satisfactory, to identify the policies
which underpin particular rules and to suggest alternatives. Law is consequently a very important
and useful subject for students to study if they are interested in questions of justice,
rights, social policy and law reform. Fourthly, intellectual engagement.
Finally, students who study Law at University engage in an academic discipline with a very
long pedigree. They discuss the work of ancient philosophers and modern theorists; they examine
the meaning of justice; they consider the operation of financial markets, corporations
and commerce; they engage with the operation of law in a European and in a global arena;
they analyse social policy and change. Aristotle said that the ‘Law is reason free
from passion.’ He was half right. The law is reason, but it is full of passion.
If you want to find out more about studying law at the University of Cambridge, you can
find a lot more information on the Law Faculty website.
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Why study Law at University if I don't want to become a lawyer?

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