Are my law modules choices important?
Employers in the legal sector, usually request a module-by-module breakdown of your marks. Therefore, it’s really important to choose the right modules.
All students taking the LLB must take certain core modules exempting them from the first stage of professional exams. However, after this, most students have a free choice about the other modules that they wish to take.
If you are planning on specialising in commercial law, this does not mean that you have to take all the commercial, corporate and business law modules going.
However, you should think carefully about the modules you opt to do. It simply wouldn’t make sense to choose all unrelated modules, such as family law, military law or medical law.
Even if you don’t know which area of law you ideally want to practise after university, or don’t even know if you want to pursue a legal career, it is still important to select your optional modules wisely.
Striking a balance in your law modules…
It’s usually best to have a balanced portfolio of modules. If you definitely want to practise in a certain area, take a few relevant modules so that you can demonstrate your specific interest to potential employers.
After that, it’s a good idea to opt for a mixture of modules based on your personal interests and recommendations from friends and tutors, rather than undertaking modules solely in a bid to impress potential employers. There are a few good reasons for this!
Firstly, choosing modules that you are interested in will lead to better marks. You will engage with the subject matter better and you will be more motivated to study.
Secondly, if you are passionate about the module, this will also make it easier to talk about during an interview. If you are disinterested in a module, you won’t remember as much about it for your interviews.
Thirdly, talking to friends and tutors about modules will give you a better idea of their content. Although, don’t pick a module based on your friends saying that it’s easy or that the tutor marks leniently. I can’t reiterate it enough: people tend to succeed in areas that hold genuine interest, regardless of the leniency of the marking.
It is a good idea, however, to ask around for the best (not necessarily the most lenient) seminar leaders! After all, a good seminar leader can make all the difference.
Modules from other departments…
A final piece of advice: don’t be afraid to take “wild modules” in other subjects. As long as you don’t go crazy and choose too many or select completely unrelated modules, then a wild module might be of significant value.
An example of where a wild module could be useful is if you are interested in European or international law and you decide to take a module in international relations or European studies.
Make sure you check the content of the wild module to ensure that it fits in with your studies. If you have studied a language at A-Level, then it never hurts to take some language modules at university.
Remember that although employers will be looking for evidence of interest in their area of practice, they will also be concerned about a number of other things, such as your overall marks, relevant work experience and your extra-curricular activities.
The important thing is to demonstrate your abilities across a range of modules and provide a solid reason during interviews for choosing the modules you did.