Lord Sumption – a Justice of the UK Supreme Court – is reported to have said that “it is best not to read law as an undergraduate”, and that people intending to become lawyers should instead study another subject at university. It is certainly the case that many people who did not study Law at university go on to become lawyers – and, in some cases, Lord Sumption being a case in point, very successful ones. But does this mean that prospective lawyers shouldn’t do Law at university? For a view that stands in contrast to Lord Sumption’s, take a look at this short video on the Cambridge Law Faculty website, in which one of my colleagues, Professor Graham Virgo, explains why studying Law at university is valuable – whether or not you eventually decide to practice as a lawyer:
Public Law for Everyone is written by Mark Elliott. Mark is Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He also served, from 2015 to 2019, as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Mark can be found on Twitter as @ProfMarkElliott. Many of his research papers can be downloaded via his SSRN author page. Views set out on this blog are expressed in a purely personal capacity.
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