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Why You Might Want to Study Law

Choosing the right course to take can be one difficult path. You will never know what lies ahead until you fully commit to your chosen career and experience it to its fullest extent. Pair this up with the fact that there are multiple new career paths to choose from. This is why most individuals have difficulties choosing their chosen career paths. However, there are always those standard career choices such as medicine, engineering, and law that have stood the test of time in terms of popularity and necessity. And the one we will focus on today is law.

Law is an extremely versatile and challenging career choice. An individual can go towards the standard route and open their own law firm and help those that come to them. Or they can be loyal to a certain company or individual and take care of all their legal matters. Law is also a very challenging career path to take as it takes a lot of time to finish studying the said course and also demands a lot from your brain. However, once an individual overcomes these challenges, they are set to receive the rewards of their labor.

This article will discuss the top perks of studying law as well as how to become a registered lawyer so that it can help you decide which course you might want to take for the future.

Perks of studying law

Studying any course and aiming for a certain career will have its own perks as well as a few difficulties. In this section, we will discuss the top benefits of studying law.

1. High salary rates

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. The most prominent benefit of studying law that comes to mind to almost anyone is the fact that careers related to law are paid really well. For instance, in Singapore, the average salary for law employees ranges from $ 6,000 up to $ 9,000 (Singaporean dollars). This alone is enough to urge individuals to start taking up law as their career choice.

Of course, numbers alone cannot be the basis for everything as the statistic presented above is only a rough estimate of what the average lawyer earns. One can be paid for less or more of that number. However, the fact remains that most, if not all, of the careers affiliated with law will offer financial stability to an individual who pursues it.

2. A multitude of career options

Another huge benefit that encompasses studying law is the sheer number of career options one can take after they graduate. Just like other courses such as medicine, law also offers specialty courses that allow for one to focus on a specific field of law.

This gives the individuals studying law a wide range of choices as to what they want to pursue after graduating. They can opt to open their own law firm, they can become a public attorney who helps those in need, or they can even incorporate their knowledge in law towards other fields such as commerce. All of these choices and freedom are also key benefits included when studying law.

3. Can be a foundation for further academic studies

Speaking of incorporating other fields of knowledge into one’s understanding of law, it is also worth noting that studying law enables one to combine their knowledge with other fields of studies which opens even more career options and doors.

An individual studying law can take further education and combine their knowledge in law with commerce of business administration in order to become a legal advisor for a company. Or they can proceed towards taking a course in education to be able to teach young aspiring individuals about law.

4. Strengthens reasoning and critical thinking skills

Not all courses develop one’s soft skills equally. Some are made to challenge your abilities and hone them while other courses are more focused on theory and intellectual experience. Law sits in the middle of this where it challenges one’s intellect as well as strengthens one’s soft skills.

When studying law, an individual is often exposed to scenarios where they are needed to come up with a solution and answer to a problem. This not only challenges the brain’s ability to recall theory but also enhances one’s ability to think critically and make valid arguments in order to persuade the audience to their side.

The development of these skills is one of the top perks for studying law and is one of the few perks that are almost unique to this specific field of study. No other course takes such a toll on both a person’s intellect as well as their ability to think of a solution and persuade the audience in a short period of time.

5. Earn respect and prestige

Another major benefit associated with studying law is the respect and prestige that one earns. Not everyone has enough courage, patience, and dedication to pursue a career that takes more than 4 years and includes a lot of mental and intellectual strain. Not only that, but to actually pass the BAR association’s licensing exam and earn the right to be called a lawyer is not something so one can easily attain.

The tedious process that one has to go through in order to achieve their career is recognized by many. And this is also one of the reasons why a lot of individuals respect and look up to persons who work in the field of law. Of course, your own character also plays a huge part in determining whether people will actually respect you and view you as an outstanding individual.

6. Awareness of rights and responsibilities

When an individual studies law, they become aware of their own rights and responsibilities as well as the limits to these said rights. This is another benefit that comes with studying and pursuing law.

As a law student, you will be introduced to a lot of laws and decrees that hold the extent of one’s rights and responsibilities. Awareness of one’s rights and responsibilities is of great importance when one wants to become a citizen that can contribute to their community. It enables one to know what they are entitled to and how they can help the government and community by executing their responsibilities.

7. Intellectually challenging

As briefly mentioned earlier, studying law takes a huge toll on one’s brain as it is both intellectually challenging and demanding. However, this should not be considered as a downside and should be viewed as a benefit.

Not many courses task their students with familiarizing the very rules that hold a nation’s society together. Only a select few, including law, can whip up such a challenge that stimulates the brain like never before. So, if you want to study an intellectually challenging course, then you might want to consider taking law to test your wits.

8. Improved communication skills

For the most part, individuals working in the field of law are more prone to do paperwork than to actually go into court and defend or prosecute individuals. However, when that time does come, they are prepared and well-equipped with the communication skills necessary to see the trial through and maybe even win the case.

This is because while individuals are still studying law, they are encouraged to develop and enhance their communication skills to the best of their abilities. They need to develop these skills in order to properly express the defendant’s or prosecution’s arguments and to make sure that what they want to express gets expressed clearly to the audience and judge.

9. Gain the ability to make a difference

The final benefit of studying law is mostly subjective: the ability to make a change and help those who have been dealt with wrongly. The “normal” work that a person who studies law includes going to court to defend your client or to prosecute an individual for doing something that has placed harm or could potentially harm your client. During these court sessions, you can make a difference by successfully defending or prosecuting an individual.

Your client’s innocence lies in your skills and abilities. And while this may seem like a huge responsibility, this is also a huge honor.  

How to get into law

Now that you are aware of the benefits of studying and practicing law, getting into law may have piqued your interest. If that is the case then you will most likely be interested in knowing how to be able to practice law. Here are the requirements:

1. Bachelor’s degree in law

If you want to practice law in Singapore, the first thing you will need to attain is a Bachelor’s degree in any course that is under the field of law. This usually takes about four years to accomplish and is the starting point of your journey towards practicing law.

2. Singapore Bar Association's licensing exam

The next thing in your checklist should be to pass the Singapore Bar association’s licensing exam. This is the exam that will measure your knowledge and ability concerning matters related to law. The risk of failing the exam is always present, however, you always have the option of retaking the exam another time.

3. Further education (2-4 years, optional)

The final requirement is to proceed toward further education; however, this is an optional step and you can already practice law after you have successfully passed the Bar exam. This process can take between two to four years and is mostly taken by individuals who want to master specific areas of law or want to gain more knowledge about law in general.

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