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Date: 2002-06-18 16:54:04.0

1. Law is relevant to everyday life. We live within a legal framework. The law governs our conduct – some behaviour amounts to a crime; some actions may be civil wrongs. Every time we buy something, we make a contract, whether the purchase is a newspaper, a bar of chocolate or an expensive item such as a car or a house. Contract Law is important when taking on a job, a lease or a mortgage. Often newspapers report large amounts of compensation claimed for personal injuries. The law dictates who can claim, who has to pay, and how the amount is decided. If a person or group of people set up a business, it is to the law they must look for the rules governing their rights and duties. When studying law it is often possible to relate your studies to real-life situations, making it a practical subject for everyone, not only people who are thinking of law as a career.

2. Knowledge of current affairs is essential to the study of law. Though many laws have been in force for a long time, some areas of law are constantly changing. There are many influences that result in changes to the law –among them are political, technological, international and moral influences. To appreciate the role of law in society, you need to be aware of these influences through knowledge of current affairs. Law is more than just a set of rules – and awareness of the wider issues helps to understand the background to law. Studying law helps to develop knowledge of and interest in current affairs.

3. Going to court is not an activity just for lawyers and offenders. Anyone may witness an accident or a crime and be required to go to court to give evidence. Anyone who qualifies may be required to serve on a jury. The civil courts are just as busy as the criminal courts, with cases such as debt claims, consumer disputes, family cases, landlord and tenant issues etc. Some cases are heard in tribunals, the best known being the employment tribunal. Often cases are resolved in private through negotiation, arbitration or mediation. These methods of solving disputes often form part of a law course. Studying the pros and cons of each method, as well as looking at the people involved (judges, jurors, magistrates, barristers etc.) gives an excellent understanding of the legal system and is a great help to anyone involved in a case in any capacity.

4. Knowledge of how and why law changes is useful background knowledge for a whole range of subjects. It is essential for students of law to understand how and why law changes and on any law course there is likely to be a section about law making. Most of the laws that govern our lives are made by Parliament, Ministers, Local Authorities, the European Union, and judges. It is useful to understand how all these fit together. Sometimes laws conflict or are unclear and need to be interpreted and this topic deals with these problems. Questions such as, who has the power to make law? Does one person or group have more power than another? Can lawmakers be challenged? Studying this topic develops an appreciation of the nature of law-making power and the importance of having checks and balances in the system.

5. Good communication is a valuable skill in any walk of life and studying law helps to develop and improve that skill. Communication in law needs to be precise and clear, not long-winded. Students of law need to be able to use specialised words and phrases correctly. At GCSE and AS/A Level there will be plenty of opportunity to explain points of law and apply them to situations. In a teaching group, this will probably involve discussion, followed by a piece of writing, so both oral and written communication is important. As the course progresses, students usually find that the constant practice at communication helps to develop their skills.

 
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kaserh sarfraz responded November 8, 2002, @ 14:40
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i think it law is an excelllent way of furthering the skilll of looking deeper than face value at anything i life
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funmi responded November 15, 2002, @ 13:44
I want to more details about the important of law
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mohammed responded December 17, 2002, @ 13:15
Xcelnt, i was in the middle of a difficult decision. im currently studying business i.t but didnt knw wat to study, either a law degree or a continue wid B.I.T! iv not studied law or business or i.t before, so this is why i culdnt make my mind up!!!
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Russell Estcourt responded December 17, 2002, @ 17:03
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I know what you mean - you choose several A-levels and are then expected to choose from hundreds of different Uni courses, many of which you know very little about.

Don't forget to become a registered member so you can ask Law questions via the Question Zone and get your work marked via the Upload Zone!

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Dena responded January 22, 2003, @ 21:00
i would love it if someone could email me with some information on law and if anyone is stuying it if it is good etc.thanx
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Angel responded February 5, 2003, @ 14:28
Hiya .....I can send u some information mainly on what they expectations are to become a lawyer what u have to get grade {wise } to go to uni and study law in da future . Email me and soon i'll get back to u !
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Emmanuel Wobidike responded May 3, 2003, @ 18:57
Reasons Business information technology undergraduates choose to study BIT
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lucy hewitt responded May 9, 2003, @ 19:07
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hey, i have been looking into doing law at uni and there are different degrees with different entry requirements, at durham and cl you need at least aab, but at other places you only need ccc or bcc. hopwe that helps!!
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Aj Feizpour responded June 1, 2003, @ 20:01
As my opinoion ,i think law is a good subjecy to study and also higly paid. But however you peolpe should only study what you enjoy and not be forced or you will later on not take a intrest perhaps.
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karina responded June 15, 2003, @ 12:51
i wana b a lawyer so i woz wonderin if ne1 could send me info on law so i no its a good thing 2 do wen i go 2 college
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gary wislon responded July 31, 2003, @ 16:19
is it possible for a person who has completed college and unniversity and who has obtained the qualifications they need to get a career or a job as a lawyer, can get a job in a different country still working as a lawyer. eg; british moving to america to work as a lawyer. is it possble. how many years does it take in the acedemic programme to become a lawyer. do GCSE's help in an interview when applying for a job as a lawyer. would you say la is a fascinating job, and can bee a lawyer or studying to become a lawyer help with a personal use f self immigrating to a country of your choice. thank for your time and co-operation agry wislon
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gry wilson responded July 31, 2003, @ 16:24
CAN ANY ONE GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION VIA WEBSITE ON THE SUBJECT LAW AND ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A LAWYER. thanks aot see ya
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jane lam responded September 20, 2003, @ 22:45
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business and law are closely interrelated- if you do business, you can learn learn a lot about law- if you learn law you will doubtless learn a lot about law.
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elle hustin responded October 1, 2003, @ 18:20
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i want to become a lawyar what do i do tips i am in key stage 3
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Asma responded October 9, 2003, @ 12:38
HMM..at this moment i have no idea whether to do english or law at university...if i do both then i need some good reasons to do law...and my mind is blank as the only reason of why i want to do law is because it jus sounds more exciting than english therefore at least there will be some fun in the 2 subjects that i am taking...do u think that is true...n e law students out there?..is law fun?????
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Darshan Shrestha responded October 18, 2003, @ 17:38
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As a student of Master's Program in Business studies, I desperately want to share experience with various students in different subject matters. Discussion will be on top priority. Looking sincerely all sincere comments.
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Samara Darkholme responded October 29, 2003, @ 12:38
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Is law really available as an option at GCSE level? I don't know for sure, but I've never heard of law being taught as anything lower than an A-level subject.
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Russell Estcourt responded October 29, 2003, @ 16:22
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Samara,

It may not be popular, but yes there is a GCSE Law syllabus available.

http://www.keighley.ac.uk/faculty/BuisGE/Alevel/GCSE/GCSE8.htm

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laura corneill responded November 13, 2003, @ 15:49
hi i was wondering if you could help me i have an interview nxt week at essex university for law. however i am panicking as i havent a clue on possible questions that are likely to be asked. I also dont know what to say if they ask me why i want to study law. I did not think i would get an interview so i have slightly exaggerated aspects to my personal statement as a stated i was a member of my schools politics society when i have only attended one meetin.. Are they likely to ask me questions on this and what do i say. Help and advise given would be much appreciated.
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Suzanne Richards responded November 15, 2003, @ 16:07
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i'm going to study law, for the purpose of deciding whether i would actually like to use law in a career. it seems like a broad topic that is prbably v.interesting...
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Suzanne Richards responded November 15, 2003, @ 16:08
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u dont need to have stdied law before to do a degree in it, it makes no real difference. i say take law now... its a broad option for careers
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Gyusub Chung responded November 18, 2003, @ 21:59
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I also want to study law... but I think my British School of Gran Canaria does not afford it... pathetic...
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scherazed oukaci responded November 19, 2003, @ 14:57
i want to know many things about law :difinition and which reasons we should study tis course
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Caroline Gray responded November 24, 2003, @ 15:07
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I do A Level Law and I have to say, it's really interesting. IT might be partly because I want to be a lawyer but there are a few other people in my class who don't and don't plan on having a career in law but find it interesting too.
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Caroline Gray responded November 24, 2003, @ 15:09
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Universities actually prefer for you not to have done A Level Law as it means that for the first year your basically going over stuff you've already learnt so you might get put off and end up with a really good grade. A Level Law is a good thing to do if you're not sure whether Law is something you want to do or if you want a carrer where having a Law A Level will be helpful. Caz
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Carrie Pitfield responded November 26, 2003, @ 16:57
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vanessa responded November 28, 2003, @ 14:32
not enough information
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Charlotte responded February 8, 2004, @ 20:21
I did law at A level and then stated it at uni. It is not neccessarily an advantage to do it at A level because you tend to focus on what you have done and degree level is much harder than A level. I am studying 5 different topics, tort, contract, legal research methods, philsophy and public law. There are so many different sides to law and the hardest thing is remembering case names, relevant laws e.t.c. It is hard and some topics are boring but it is worth it as you can do anything with law!
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bolanle responded May 17, 2004, @ 15:07
well, i think that all you need to do is just learn the basics of what law really is. stuffs like what is law,criminology,tort etc,or you can say you have not studied law yet but you have an interest in doing it, as for the exaggeration i really do not know what you can do about it, if you are an asian or you have not lived here for 3 years you can say you did it in your skool back in your country or something,that is what i will do. i hope i have been of help if not sorry
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