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Core areas of Law

This video from The University of Law explores the core areas of Law.
Hi there. I’m gonna talk to you now about the core areas of law that you have to study in a law degree, in an LLB. And these are decided on by the SRA, the people that look after solicitors known as the Solicitors Regulation Authority. And the BSP, the people that look after barristers, the Bar Standards Board. And they decided that anyone who still practice in England and Wales, they want them to have studied these core areas of law before they go into practice. And you do that in your law degree. So let’s take a closer look at these different areas of law. So to start with, we’ve got tort law.
And tort law is when someone does something wrong against you, but it’s not necessarily criminal. So this might be you asking for compensation. And it could be for something like a car accident or an injury from a faulty product. And then we’ve got contract law. Contract law a lot of people are more familiar with because we have dealings of contracts already. It might be a mobile phone contract, or even just going into shops and making purchases. This actually involves a little bit of contract law. Next, we’ve got land law, which is looking at the purchase, sale and rental of property.
And what’s interesting with this is you’re applying some laws that are actually hundreds of years old, the very modern circumstances. The next area we’ll look at is EU law, which is looking at the constitutional and administrative justice in the EU. And you might think that this is gonna disappear soon because of Brexit. But actually it’s very likely to stay around even when we do leave the EU. And the only thing is it might change its name eventually to something like international law. But for it, it’s gonna always be very important for us to have a relationship and an understanding with the EU’s legal system.
Next, we got equities in trust, and it ties in quite nicely with land and property lawyers. So trust are ways of handling and protecting things like assets, selling property, investments, land, money. Hey, we’ve got public law. So public law is the relationship between the government and its people. So should we ever see something that the government does, maybe it makes decision on a member of society. And we don’t believe that’s legal, that’s where a public lawyer get involved. And finally we’ve got criminals, so criminals a lot more familiar. And but don’t think about the big ticketed crime of murder always.
Think about other things you’ve got a theft, you’ve got driving offenses, drug charges, white collar crimes like embezzlements and fraud. There’s a lot more to crime than just what we see on TV. And finally then what you do with your law degree is you build around it, your elective subjects. And that really helps direct you along to the career path and the interests that you really have. So for example, some of electives that we have at the University of law are employment, family law, human rights, trade law. And you can see that these will take you in certain directions to help support you become a different type of lawyer than someone else.

There are a variety of different areas of Law that you can study and then go on to work in. As part of a qualifying Law degree you will learn about certain ‘core’ areas in detail, and then will have the option to study additional ‘elective’ areas.

Watch this video from Rik from our Bloomsbury Campus to find out more.

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