The United Kingdom has three legal systems, each of which applies to a particular geographical area. English law applies in England and Wales, Northern Ireland law applies in Northern Ireland, and Scots law applies in Scotland.
While these three systems diverge in the more detailed rules, there are also substantive fields of law which apply across the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom does not have a single legal system because it was created by the political union of previously independent countries. Article 19 of the Treaty of Union, put into effect by the Acts of Union in 1707, created the Kingdom of Great Britain, but guaranteed the continued existence of Scotland's separate legal system. The Acts of Union of 1800, which combined Great Britain and Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, contained no equivalent provisions but preserved the principle of separate courts to be held in Ireland, of which the part called Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom. There are main focuses when studying law these could include complex issues such as criminal law, family law, corporation law and property law.
About studying Law
Law is a subject taught in some Secondary schools, colleges and more popularly university. You are able to study Law at GCSE level with the AQA and OCR exam boards at the of 16 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, students can sit a National 5 in Modern Studies which also includes elements of Politics.
Once students have their GCSE’s or National 5 exams, they can choose to continue Law at a more advanced level with A-Levels in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Highers/Advanced Highers in Scotland. These are studied over 2 years (A level) or one year (Highers/Advanced Highers)
Currently, there are no modules of Law for the International Baccalaureate but English to HL would be essential if the student was to progress to university.
Law is currently in the Top 5 with the most university places on offer, with the top universities to study Law being Cambridge, Glasgow, Oxford, London School of Economics and Aberdeen. There are over 18,000 students each year applying for a Law related degree. If you need support with a UCAS application, please contact Love2Teach for the services we offer.
Why study Law?
Law can be an extremely interesting subject, covering many different aspects of the Law from different legal systems within the UK. This could include family law, corporate law, or a law degree can lead someone down a different career path. Careers that someone could pursue with a Law degree include: -
- Barrister's clerk
- Licensed conveyancer
And most Law graduates move onto employment, specialising in the following fields after graduation: -
- Legal, social and welfare 32.3%
- Retail, catering and bar work 14.3%
- Secretarial and numerical clerks 13.5%
- Business, HR and financial 12.1%
- Other 27.8%
Fun Facts about Law
- It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour.
- It is illegal to carry a plank along a pavement (as well as any ladder, wheel, pole, cask, placard, showboard, or hoop) in the Metropolitan Police District
- The following laws are allegedly still in existence on the statute book in England and Wales:
- It is illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.
Famous Quotes about Law
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"I chose to go to law school because I thought that someday, somehow I'd make a difference" Christopher Darden
"One of the things I was taught in law school is that I'd never be able to think the same again - that being a lawyer is something that's part of who I am as an individual now." Anita Hill
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