shuhab uddin Karachi Pakistan
The minute you tell someone that you want to study law – they assume one thing right off. You want to be a lawyer. You want to practice law. This misconception has spread, tainting the view of young students who look at degrees. They assume that if they don’t want to argue in court and fight cases, then they are wasting their time.
I studied law for one year. I wasn’t struggling with it at all, it was fun i had to read, read and read all the books and notes material provided by staff, we had assignments and study for exams, I actually loved it. But later on I realized I don’t want to be a lawyer, but I want to study law as well. And no I don’t think I was wasting my time, having a law doesn’t restrict you, but it opens many roads for successful careers.
In my experience, here are some reasons why a law degree is still an excellent choice – even if you don’t want to be a lawyer.
It teaches you writing and research skills. As a law student, you need to be able to back up everything you say. It teaches you to know what you are really talking about, and how to find solid evidence to back up what you are saying.
It teaches you how to be professional. When you study law, most of your lecturers will be lawyers. Many of them practicing. And through them you will learn valuable skills, like professionalism. Lawyers understand better than anyone how to cover things up, and they will teach you simple things, like making sure all agreements are in writing, keeping copies of important stuff etc.
Your choices are wide. Law is about anything its not a narrow field. You learn about criminal acts, business dealings, politics, how institutions work, etc. This opens you up to a wide range of options when you look up for a career.
It demands respect from the world, with no offence to any other degree. The law is after all one of the most difficult degree to get into. It ranks up with medicine, architecture and finance as highly competitive degrees. As an LLB graduate you will demand a respect and have an edge that many others who have selected more generic degrees won’t.
It’s the perfect choice for me certainly, i have a secret plan about getting into law again if it works (insha’Allah). Whenever someone asks me what I want to be, I don’t have a single answer. I want to work in politics and international relations. I want to write or step in media. I would like to explore tourism as an option. Currently I’m studying really very irrelevant subject as per my future planning. The law can back me up on any of these chosen fields without limiting me to one.
Law is a fantastic option. It’s not easy, never pick a law degree thinking that it’s easy. But it teaches you skills and toughens you up, so that the world becomes your oyster.