Should I study law? You’re probably graduating from secondary school soon and pondering whether pursuing law studies is the proper path for you.
You might have the perception that it’s a difficult course, and all you will be doing is sit in a room and read dust covered leather books all day.
But there is more to law studies than that.
- You’ll understand how the law works
During your studies, you’ll be exposed to different legal branches as well as how it relates to other topics like philosophy, crime, family and the country. Having this big picture allows you to understand how you can make things work together, as well as why things are the way they are.
This understanding allows you to make connections between things that you would not otherwise.
- It’s not about memorizing information
There is more to law than just remembering a few hundred years worth of cases. You are thought how to think about the cases and make your own decision. When presented with a case, students will be presented with different points of views, arguments and decisions on it.
Your critical thinking and decision making will be honed during your studies. After going through the arguments and prior decisions on a case study, you will need to figure out what is the right decision to make based on the information you have. There will be precedents as a guide, but ultimately you will have to decide what is the best decision.
- You don’t have to be a lawyer
Just because you have a law degree doesn’t mean you have to practice. A law degree can make you a good lawyer, but that’s not your only option. There are plenty of journalists, writers and managers who are law graduates, but decided to pursue a different career after graduating.
The skills developed during your studies allow you to handle any career you decide on. Don’t feel like you’ll be pigeonholed if you’re still looking for the right career path for yourself.
- You’ll develop other skills
Law students are encouraged to participate in debate or mock trials. This develops skills such as public speaking, presentation, and thinking quickly.
You’ll also be exposed to pro bono causes in your university. You’ll have the chance to meet and help everyday people you may never encounter, with problems that you might never hear of. This will develop your understanding of society and give you a bigger picture of the world.
- You can explain law in everyday language
Legal language can be verbose and mystifying if you’re not used to it. Even if you don’t end up practicing law, understanding jargon in a contract allows you to know what it is you’re dealing with. Even better, you can explain to your friends and family on cases or legal issues they might have trouble with in a way that they can understand.
And let’s face it, law is well respected profession. Future employees will recognize the work and skills you’ve developed during your studies, and you’ll have the tools to pursue any career you desire.