How to: move into a different field of law

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Studying the world of law isn’t easy, not least because it contains an almost infinite number of angles. So broad is the church of law that people choose a discipline and stick to it, and will flail hopelessly if pushed into another sector.

It’s a fact that telly shows like Ally McBeal and Judge John Deed conveniently avoid in a bid to give their characters a radically different case each week. You keep viewers interested by ignoring the inconvenient truth that a law professional will largely be covering near-identical cases from day-to-day.

None of this means, however, that a lawyer or barrister can’t move into a different field – but the process takes time and, in many instances, a vastly different pool of knowledge.

Building from foundations 

Despite the differing disciplines of, say, financial law and divorce law, each builds on a solid foundation that can provide you with a stable jumping-off point.

This means that, although you won’t be experienced in the field you’re aiming for, you can take a few shortcuts along the path towards knowledge.

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to try distance learning courses, many of which cater specifically to the world of law.

Benefits of distance learning

Anglia Distance Learning, a sister institution to Anglia Ruskin University provides a number of qualifications in the field of law, including:

  • Law and Human Psychology
  • Criminology and Law
  • Business and Law

And plenty more. But the real advantage of these courses doesn’t just lie in the knowledge you’ll accrue. It lies in the inherent flexibility of distance learning.

Unlike your uni days, you won’t have to attend endless classes and dominate your day with learning. Instead, you’ll be able to pack in your studies in between your day job. You can log onto courses via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will provide you with all the course texts and teaching materials you need.

The end result to all this studying will be a breadth of knowledge and a fully-accredited, bona fide qualification in law.

May 13, 2016 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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