A Guide to Law Degrees

April 2020, 21

Challenging and rewarding, the field if Law is sought out by many students. One of the pillars around which our society revolves upon, there are various facets when it comes to the study of law. A career in legal sector usually begins with a degree in law. To all the aspiring Harvey Specters, law is a battlefield with wit and wisdom. Speaking of the degree, what is Law? In layman’s terms law ensures and regulates that individuals or community adheres to the will of the state. Thus legal studies touch upon every other field and all aspects of our life. A law student is expected to tackle the seemingly unsolvable issues that arises within all these sectors.

World’s top Law Schools

01. Harvard University 

02. University of Oxford

03. University of Cambridge

04. Yale University

05. Stanford University

06. University of Melbourne

07. London School of Economics and Political Sciences

08. University of California, Berkeley

09. Columbia University

10. New York University

There are various law degrees available, each vary with the country they are provided in. The most popular and general degree is the LLB or the Bachelor of Law which allows you to take the Bar exams or equivalent entrance to the legal community. Some countries provide BA/BSc in Law, meanwhile some countries provides LLM or Masters in Law. In USA however you got to take the LSAT in order to qualify for undergraduate admissions. Of course these are primarily for careers, one can also go into research in this field by pursuing PhD as well. 


Being a diverse field that touch our lives in more than one way, law has got very specific specialisations. The methods of implementation of law and the nature with which lawyers deal with issues arising in all these fields are also diverse, focused and different. Although there are a lot of common and compulsory modules to study which are common to all these, specializations are specially tailored for yourself. Some of the more common specializations are listed below.

01. Criminal Law - Deals with different aspects of law relating to crime. Courses include studies relating to crimes, be it homicidal, criminal, human rights, gender or restorative rights. 

02. Property Law - Land law or property law deals with physical land. About contracts, interest in land, ownership, stock, commercial property law etc.

03. Intellectual Property Law - A dedicated degree that deals with assets that cannot be physically measured, like creations and inventions. Patent, trademark, copyright law all comes under this.

04. Business/Commercial Law - Deals with rights and people relating to the commercial or the business industry. This discipline is huge enough in itself for a separate degree. All the securities, contracts, transactions, stock etc come under this law.

05. Environmental Law - That which concerns the protection and sustenance of the environment would be this law. They deal with climate control, policies, environmental actions etc.

06. Family Law - Its the are of law pertaining to family matters like adoption, divorce, property, child rights etc.

Career Options

A legal firm is a company in itself. There are various sectors of law that requires a different set of expertise. Thus are the various career options in the legal sector.

01. Barrister - Specialises in court. You can provide legal advice to your client and represent them in court.

02. Clerk - Runs the administrative and business activities involved relating to the cases handled by the barrister. They are familiar with court procedure and the law undertaken by their barrister.

03. Solicitor - Is tasked with explaining law to clients may it be individuals or organisations. They may be working for a law firm.

04. Secretaries - Legal secretaries, employed by companies or firms are ensures administration with regards to legal administration.

05. Paralegal - They provide experienced services to the clients and other attorneys. They cannot provide legal advice to clients.

06. Other - Other career options include reperesting for firms, organisations, research etc.