Why Do LLB Students Still Have to Study EU Law after Brexit?

Why Do LLB Students Still Have to Study EU Law after Brexit?

There is still a valid reason for LLB students to study EU Law, despite the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. Here are the key reasons why EU law continues to be relevant for LLB students:

Retained EU law: Even though the UK has left the EU, certain EU laws and regulations have been incorporated into UK law as retained EU law. LLB students need to study EU law to understand the legal framework and principles that still apply within the UK post-Brexit.

International trade and cooperation: The EU remains a significant trading partner and a key player in international cooperation. LLB students studying EU law will gain insights into the legal aspects of trade agreements, treaties, and cooperation between the UK and the EU, which continue to impact various areas such as commerce, employment, and human rights.

Comparative law: EU law has influenced and shaped legal principles in many areas within the UK legal system. Studying EU law provides LLB students with a comparative perspective, enabling them to understand the similarities and differences between EU and domestic laws. This comparative approach enhances their legal analysis and critical thinking skills.

Legal careers: Knowledge of EU law can be advantageous for students pursuing legal careers in areas such as international law, human rights, commercial law, and European affairs. Many law firms, organisations, and government bodies continue to deal with EU-related matters, and a solid understanding of EU law can be valuable in such contexts.

Academic and research purposes: EU law remains an important field of academic study and research, offering opportunities to explore the evolution and impact of EU legal principles and policies. LLB students interested in legal academia or further research may find EU law an enriching and intellectually stimulating area to delve into.

Bar training: In view of the importance of EU law in the UK, the Bar Standards Board requires all applicants for bar training to have studied EU law in their LLB or GDL to satisfy the academic component before they can move on to the vocational component of training.

While the specific focus and extent of EU law within LLB programme may have changed following Brexit, it remains a significant subject area in understanding the legal landscape of the UK and its relationship with the EU. Studying EU law equips LLB students with valuable knowledge and skills relevant to the post-Brexit legal environment.
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