Even if you aren't aiming for a career in the legal profession, a grounding in law is not only valuable to have on your CV but will also inform you of the laws that you are ruled by daily without even realising it.
Alternatively, if you do see yourself as a barrister, a solicitor, or a legal executive, then this course could be very rewarding. Law is a fascinating subject which will help you develop transferable skills, such as application, analysis and problem solving. Law students also tend to study Psychology, Sociology, English, History, Politics and Business Studies.
The first year of this course will enable you to develop an understanding of how law is made and how it operates in England and Wales, including the job roles within the legal profession and the current impact of the European Union on our laws. You will also study two substantive topics of law, criminal law and the civil law area of tort. You will be assessed in Year 1 by taking two written exam papers.
Each one accounts for 50% of you assessment grading for the year.
Some of the most engaging topics include:
Non-fatal offences such as assault, battery, and grievous bodily harm
Sentencing and procedures in the criminal courts
The law of tort – who do you owe a duty of care to
The work of the Law Commission
The second year of this course will enable you to further develop your understanding of how law is made and operates in England and Wales, criminal law, tort law and you will be introduced to a second area of civil law, Contract law. You will be assessed in Year 2 by taking three written exam papers, all with equal weighting to your overall A level grading.
Some of the topics you will study include:
Homicide, including both murder and manslaughter
Criminal defences including insanity
The rules of contract law
For those thinking of a possible legal career, this subject is an obvious choice. A Level Law will assist you should you wish to progress to a law degree at university or enhance your academic profile for further study or a career in another area.
Jobs in the legal profession include Police, CPS, solicitors, barristers, para-legals, legal executives. There are also opportunities with various council and government departments or in companies that have their own legal departments.