Deciding on a field of study can be difficult and complex. If you have considered studying law, here are 5 reasons that will provide some clarity and direction to assist you with your decision.
1. STADIO’s LLB is a two-year professional qualification offered via distance education.
STADIO’s LLB is a professional qualification offered via distance education. If you have completed an accredited Bachelor’s degree in the field of Law (NQF level 7), you may register for STADIO’s two-year LLB. STADIO’s LLB provide access to graduates for professional assessments by both the Law Society and General Council of the Bar examinations.
2. A law qualification opens the door to many careers.
A STADIO LLB graduate has several employment options ranging from becoming a legal practitioner (attorney or advocate), a public or private legal advisor, arbitrator, compliance manager, case manager etc. Law graduates are generally held in high esteem by employers.
3. STADIO’s LLB graduates are lawyers for change.
STADIO LLB graduates become lawyers for change because of its unique LLB programme. STADIO develops lawyers who understand legal rules and standards, but STADIO’s LLB graduates have a social conscience, and they understand the importance of social responsibility and commitment. The LLB includes modules on Social Justice and African Jurisprudence so that graduates understand the Southern African context, enabling them to make a difference to society.
4. Law is intellectually challenging
Law has always been the ideal course for students who enjoy solving difficult challenges. Lawyers deal with ethical, moral and philosophical issues on a regular basis. Some of these issues cannot be solved by simply considering existing laws. For example, how would you answer the following questions: (1) Can a doctor be held liable if a baby is born with a disability? (2) Should euthanasia be legalised? (3) What is the legal position when a child who heads a household wants to enter into a contract for delivery of services?
5. Law provides fulfillment and a competitive advantage.
Being a lawyer is rewarding and provides fulfillment when a lawyer always has justice as his or her aim. Law enables one to help others fight against injustices and to protect the vulnerable. Although a lawyer does not always win every case, he or she will do everything in his or her power to make society better. A law graduate gains a competitive edge because he or she has developed a range of skills. Law affects all areas of our daily lives. We enter into contracts, open bank accounts, pay for services, travel on public roads and are impacted by political decisions. All these aspects are influenced and regulated by laws. Studying law enables one to develop interests and skills in many areas of life ranging from politics, international relations, and globalisation.
Compiled by Professor Philip Stoop, Head of the School of Law