Words for Mentees (2): Choosing subject and studying law

If you study law, you don’t have to be a lawyer; but if you don’t study law, you can’t be a lawyer. This is a good enough reason to study law, isn’t it?

This very same logic applies to other professions. If you are unsure about your future career, it’s practical to study something that can lead to a profession. It simply opens another avenue in case you decide to join that profession later.

The admission requirement for the faculty of law is consistently one of the highest in universities. Keen competition means you have to obtain good DSE results to secure a place. And once you get into law school, you will soon realise that your classmates are bright student leaders from a variety of secondary schools. The competition goes on throughout the university years, so be prepared to work harder than students of other faculties.

The study of law provides training for logical and critical thinking. Many people have the false impression that law students have to have a good memory and recite a lot of text. It is only true to the extent that certain law principles and case names have to be memorized, but more important is the skill to apply the legal knowledge to solve problems, and eloquently express your viewpoints in concise and organized arguments. Analytical power is an asset that can be transferred to any career.

Common law is based on case law; so studying law invariably requires reading a lot of cases and following and analysing judges’ reasoning. As law reports are mainly written in English, it demands a very high level of proficiency in the English language.

Apart from the core subjects such as contract, tort, criminal, property, administrative law etc., the faculty of law offers a broad choice of electives to suit individual interests and future career plans. Studying law can be as exciting or as boring as you make it. I speak for myself that I thoroughly enjoyed my legal training at law school and found the xperience useful not only in preparing for a professional career, but also in strengthening my problem solving skill in daily life.

After you obtain a bachelor of laws, in four years for LLB or five years in double degree programmes, then you can decide whether you want to be a lawyer. A further study of one more year in PCLL (Postgraduate certificate in laws) will lead you to the starting point of a legal career.

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