Law and Modern Languages
Law and Modern Languages by antmoose
tudying Law with a modern language entitles you to spend a year abroad. Whereas other disciplines may have their work cut out for them, in terms of finding exchange universities or placements, you might feel there is little help at hand. Where to start? How do you know if the course is going to be as good as back home? What about units and topics?The case (ahem, excuse the pun) for the Law student can seem a little overwhelming at first, but there is help out there. Many sites have created their own league tables for the best university Law courses, though you have to be careful, as some aren’t as regulated and accredited as others. It is wise to speak to your lecturers about which universities are renowned for their excellence in teaching, as well as their aptitude to suit your particular needs (litigation, environmental law etc).
However, if you would like to check out some universities and colleges on the net, HG’s exhaustive Law School directories should be a good place to start. The organisation gives brilliant advice about what courses are on offer, and where, with useful links to click through, should you wish to study in America, Europe, Africa, Asia or Australia. Though chiefly directed at American Law students, there is a wealth of information about financial aid, law firms and publications regarding the discipline. All in all, a very pragmatic site for anyone studying Law and intending to pursue a career on a global scale.
There are, of course, quite a few points to consider if you are planning on studying Law abroad - as your lecturers will stress, you need to make sure that the university you intend to go to has the necessary facilities (library, textbooks, lecturers, organisation of the university and the course, accreditation...) so as to make sure you are in keeping with your home university requirements, as well as your own. Studying abroad, regardless of which faculty you are in, has to be researched, to make sure you don’t end up studying units and modules that you wouldn’t find useful.
If you think you should get some sort of internship going for your year abroad, again, help is at hand with a number of websites. The American Society of International Law showcases a few internships to keep an eye out for, with some based in Brussels, The Hague and New York. Should you wish to work abroad, bear in mind that you don’t necessarily have to look to work in a law firm. You could, instead, contact international companies, such as Unilever, Walmart and Carrefour, and ask about their internships in the legal department. Working with bigger brands will enable you to deal with a wider market, as well as international commercial law, and may lead to career opportunities, there or elsewhere, at the end of your degree.
A host of websites also offer internship programs, whereby you pay a certain sum to undertake an internship across the globe. Popular programs include those offered by GVI and Projects Abroad. AIESEC is a student organisation specialising in offering opportunities abroad, which are generally paid, and look amazing on your CV.
Now, all that’s left is to make up your mind whether you want to work or study abroad, and choose your destination to make the most of your Law degree!
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