You don’t have to want to be a barrister or solicitor to study Law. The law plays a vital role in society and this highly-regarded course will give you confidence as well as helping you take more control of your life.
What will I study?
Law affects virtually all aspects of our lives from driving a car, purchasing goods to negotiating business contracts. It is far from just a set of dry rules – this is an interesting, stimulating, entertaining, but testing subject.
You will study the English legal system, how laws are made and the role of the EU, as well as examining police powers and the role of the legal profession. Other topics include Criminal Law and the rules involved in murder, manslaughter, assault, battery, actual bodily harm and grievous bodily harm. You study theft, burglary, robbery and the different defences a Defendant may try to claim. There is no coursework involved, it is all assessed by examinations.
At SJD we bring the subject alive as much as we can and organise a wide range of activities including mock trials, visiting Judges, Barristers, Solicitors, Magistrates and past students, trips to local courts and to watch trials of local crimes. We enter the National Mock Trial competition and also visit London where we go to The Houses of Parliament, Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice and the new Supreme Court.
Where might it lead?
A Level Law provides an excellent background for many university courses and careers, not only in Law, but also in Journalism, Broadcasting, Local and Central Government, Public Relations and a range of Management and Commercial areas. It is also widely recognised by employers as a rigorous academic discipline. A recent study by national exam board AQA has shown that you can study Law in over 97% of universities offering Law if you have studied Law at A Level.