Masters degrees in Comparative Law offer advanced training in the differences and similarities between the laws of different countries. In particular, they involve an examination of different legal systems, such as civil law and social law.
Related postgraduate specialisms include International Law and Jurisprudence. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant Law discipline.
Courses in this field equip you with the skills to understand and undertake techniques in litigation across a range of legal systems, particularly in an international context.
For example, you may learn to decipher and analyse foreign judgements on issues such as contract law, copyright, and banking. Or, you might opt to focus your studies on multinational enterprises and international trade, examining issues such as international labour and equality rights, for example within EU law. You can also opt to specialise in the laws and legal systems of a particular country, or even a particular community, for example Jewish Law or Canon Law.
Aside from traditional legal roles, careers in this field can include roles within the business and corporate community such as private accounting and finance management, or workplace consultancy.
The General Law programme at Aberdeen is one of the best programmes in terms of scope and areas of interest you can choose to study at advanced level. If your first degree was in a specific area of law there is nothing preventing you from choosing another area of law completely or a complementary area. You could study environmental law areas such as oil and gas law, energy and environmental law, low carbon energy transition with further environmental regulation. If you are more interested in criminal law you could look at Criminology, the politics of human rights, humanitarian law. If you are more interested in business you might choose international law, intellectual property law, world trade organisation or for business with a creative aspect you might think about specialist in cultural property issues or law for business and arts and museums law. There are many possible mixes of these general areas of law you might want to explore. Employment possibilities are huge from this range of areas of law and include all notable areas to practise law and careers within the legal profession to welfare sectors such as employment, business, HR and finance.
You may become a Barrister if you wish to represent people at High Court and Magistrates court to put legal argument forward for decision. You could start off as a legal executive to later qualify as a solicitor with further training or after a number of years experience you may wish to become a judge. If you want some work experience you could become a court usher. Other careers include a Paralegal. This role undertakes much of a lawyers role in drafting documents, meetings and contracts. If you decide your law degree is useful for other areas you may look at Civil Service careers, become a politician, work in the police, city, or teach.
This programme is ideal if you want to be a generalist to an advanced level rather than a specialist in a specific area of law. You develop your analysis and research skills and you have the option of wide ranging courses to choose from which stretches your intellectual thinking capabilities in a top 10 School of Law (Complete University Guide 2018)
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Optional (4 courses 2 in Semester 1 and 2)
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