Have you ever watched “Suits” or “How to get away with murder” and thought to yourself “How can I be the next Harvey Specter or the next Annalise Keating ”.
I am sure some of you have…
Let me show you the way and introduce you to LAW school.
What is the best baccalaureate for Law studies?
It’s true that most law students have a background in literature but that is not the only choice of orientation to integrate law school.
It is possible to register in law from a scientific background. That was the case for me.
Statistically, this is the branch with the best success rate in the first year of law.
The law is based on reasoning: it is about drawing conclusions from a case, from a given legal situation, by relying on existing laws and texts. This is why the reasoning ability acquired through the teaching of science and especially maths is a precious help in a law course.
With all of this being said, there is a big misconception that learning by heart is the way to success in Law school, I am here to say that it’s not how it goes.
Law is not so far away from science. Combined with my sheer love for languages and words, it was the perfect combination for me.
So, if you’re skilled in languages,go for it.
Why study law?
Law is an evolving field: it’s far away from being abstract. It’s present in our daily lives.
Almost everything we do is governed by one law or another, whether we buy something online, rent a house, publish something on the internet, and so on. So having a better understanding of it can be of great value.
Besides,let’s face it, even though money is not necessarily the most important thing when considering a career option, it certainly is a significant factor. A law career can offer financial stability.
The competition in this field might be high, but the rewards are well worth it.
Law also enables you to better understand human behaviour and our society. As you listen to people’s stories, it will become a lot easier to empathise with them and understand their feelings, reasons, and struggles, giving you another perspective on life itself.
What you find in law school:
- Academic training:
The law degree begins with two years of common core, where you will learn about the different disciplines of law: constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, property law, …
The 3rd year will lead you to choose between the two main branches of law which are private law (business, criminal, labor, etc.) and public law (administrative law, constitutional law, local authorities …), before specializing in a more advanced way in master.
Tunisian Law schools have more than 20 masters degree programs. You are spoilt for choice,you can do anything from contract law, tax law as well as common law(American and british legal system)…
A PhD can offer other options for your career. Also, tunisian Law schools are well known for their collaborations with other universities from abroad. (Sorbonne, Paris Descartes…) A PhD is not easy but some graduates even end up winning international recognition for their work.
- extracurricular activities:
Each college has its own events and social gatherings, so these activities can differ from one school to another. But, Hult Prize, Aiesec, Tunivision, I debate are basically available in all of them.
In Tunisia, you can find 4 Law schools:
- FSJPST: Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis
- FDSPT: Faculty of Law and Political Science of Tunis
- FDSPS: Faculty of Law and Political Science of Sousse
- FDSF: Sfax Law school
Feel free to check out their websites for more details.
I got my law degree, what’s next?
In addition to the direct legal professions that a law degree suggests (lawyer, magistrate, notary, etc.)*This training is popular in many professional fields, and provides excellent foundations.
We’ve seen law graduates go into all sorts of roles: auditing; management, banking, journalism… Someone even ran for president, and won.
It is therefore a good gateway to the future for a young person ready to study, but still uncertain of the profession he wishes to exercise.
* PS: you can’t access most of these jobs without passing a national competition (concours)
Keeping it real, law school wasn’t meant to be easy so you need to be willing to put in the work. It’s far away from an Elle Woods experience in Legally Blond but it opens the door to endless opportunities.
Good luck in your college choice and “may the odds be ever in your favor”
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