Subject Area: Humanities
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
GCSE English at grade 4 or above.
Law is a subject which touches everyone’s life in some way. Whether buying a property, starting a business, or standing up for your employee or consumer rights, the law will help you to achieve your aims. Studying law is both fascinating and empowering. At A Level you will gain an understanding of how the law works in society as well as studying the academic aspects of individual topics such as Criminal law, Negligence, Human Rights and Contract law.
A degree in law is widely regarded by employers (both legal and non-legal) as highly desirable because it develops an excellent range of analytical, problem solving and evaluative skills.
What will I study?
In year one you will study the Legal System, including Statutory Interpretation, Legislation and Law Reform, as well as the Civil and Criminal Court System. You also study Criminal Law, Including Offences against Property, Homicide and Defences, and the Law of Torts (Negligence).
In your second year you will study the Nature of Law, which covers Law and Society, Justice and Law and Morality.
You also study Human Rights Law which includes rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the ECHR, such as the Right to a Fair Trial, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression.
The department offers a long established solicitor mentoring programme available for all students to apply for. There is also a Career Ready programme with 12 annual places for either A level or BTEC students. Students are selected by application and panel interview. This programme consists of a mentoring scheme, ‘Masterclasses’ by legal professionals, visits to the legal workplace, and the possibility of a paid internship during the summer at the end of year one.
For all students, we arrange court visits and mock trials, and students benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers including solicitors, barristers, and judges. We also provide employability skills sessions for all students who wish to attend.
Law has always been one of the most popular degree destinations for Notre Dame students. A degree in law is widely regarded by employers (both legal and non-legal) as highly desirable because it develops an excellent range of analytical, problem solving and evaluative skills. It is not essential to have studied law prior to taking a degree in the subject. However, it does help to have a firm grounding for success at degree level. Many of our former students are now graduates who practise law locally. Many also act as mentors to some of our current students.
Some students choose to go straight into training with firms under the new legal apprenticeship schemes with the opportunity for further study whilst training.