Law can be a complicated subject for your teen to get their head around, so here are some simple ways to help them make the best start
Do you have a teenager who plans to study law at university? There’s no doubt that the subject can be challenging, but the first challenge they’ll face is finding the perfect place to study. Here are 10 ways you can help them make the right choice.
Always go to the open day
While a university prospectus is a useful tool, your child can’t truly get a feel of a university until they see it for themselves. Only by attending an open day will they be able to see exactly how close the campus is to the town centre, or how many resources the university library has to offer. If you can’t make the open day, pay the establishment a visit with your teen in your own time.
Consider how employable they’ll be
Law schools all prioritise employability differently, so be sure to check out the opportunities the university law societies have to offer. Many societies will give your teen a chance to volunteer, which can provide invaluable experience down the line when your child is trying to enter the field.
Find a course that gives something extra
Your teen will probably find that many universities offer similar courses with the same standards of quality, so seek out opportunities which provide something unique. It might be a course that combines law with a second language, or gives your teen the chance to spend a year gaining work experience.
Ask for advice from current students
Unless you studied law yourself, you’re probably struggling to answer all the questions your teen has about their upcoming course. The best sources of information are current law students, who are most likely to be honest in their answers. So whether you post a query on social media or go directly to the university, spend some time helping your teen get the information they’re looking for.
Research the optional modules
Most law courses will offer similar main modules, especially early on. So a good way to narrow down your teen’s choices is to look at the modules of interest. Choosing optional modules that suit your teen’s interests can give them a wider understanding of law as a whole, and can even lead to better final grades.
Look up the facilities available
Bars, cafes, libraries, sports facilities and transport links can completely change the way a student sees their university experience, so make sure your teen’s first choice has everything they need to enjoy their time studying.
Make location a key factor
Location should always be a consideration, no matter what your teen is planning to study. They will need to contemplate how far away from home they are willing to travel, as well as what kind of environment they wish to work in. Do they prefer quieter towns with quaint pubs and cafes, or bustling cities with a thriving nightlife?
Look at how they will be assessed
What kind of testing does your teen succeed in, and what do they struggle with? Some students might be better in an exam setting, while others may prefer to be assessed on their coursework and projects throughout the year. Different law courses will include different methods of assessment, so be sure to explore this before your teen makes their final decision.
Consider their next move
It’s important to always look ahead when it comes to university. Ask your teen about what kind of job role they might be interested in pursuing after graduation, and tailor their choices to suit these preferences.
Enrol your teen in summer school
A two-week summer school programme is the best way to be sure that your teen is making the right choice by studying law. They’ll get the chance to get to grips with the subject and gain a head start, all the while enjoying themselves and gaining a deeper understanding of what it takes to attend the fully-fledged Cambridge law summer school.