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Professor Graham Virgo, barrister (Honorary QC) and Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University and one of the authors of What About Law?: Studying Law at University (a book about why you might study law) discusses why you might study for a law degree.

Why study law if I want to become a lawyer?

In the UK it is not necessary to study a law degree in order to practise law as a profession.  There are a few ways to progress into a legal career.

However, law as a discipine has long been considered one of the primary routes into the legal profession, and provides a strong grounding in the principles applied in legal practice.

Why study law if I don't want to become a lawyer?

Law at University is not a vocational subject; it is an academic subject and an intellectual discipline. The rigorous training in logic, thought and drafting, as well as the discussion and manipulation of complex materials, social and political themes, and major global issues, prepares graduates for a wide number of professions, including the arts, politics, business and commerce, accountancy, the diplomatic and civil service.