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    Hi everyone,

    I have to choose two modules to study in my third year and I am looking for some opinions from those who have studied company law and competition law as part of their law degree at university.

    I am definitely set on taking the latter but I am a little worried about combining the two: I will have 9 exams in that year and if company law is a very difficult module to study, I could potentially add too much unnecessary struggle and stress to myself at a time when I need it the least.

    My third potential choice would be family law, but simply for the fact that it seems to be a comparatively easy subject, albeit with what could be described as a rather big workload.

    Thank you I appreciate the advice.
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    I didn't study law, so I can't give you specific help, but I remember third year as being very hectic, so personally I'd go for the easier one. You could always just pick one for now and go along to the lectures for both in the first week to get a flavour of what to expect as they will give you a cooling off period in which to change your module choices if you so wish. Hope that helps.
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    I don't think company law is difficult, just boring - it might also be worth waiting since you'll learn it on the LPC anyway and use it every day for the rest of your life if you practise in the city so you may as well study something you won't have a chance to in the future. Family law is supposed to be conceptually easy but has a heavy work load because there are a lot of cases (family stuff gets litigated a lot...). Do what you're interested in, it will make the workload seem less and you're likely to do better in it. Competition law sounds horribly dry to me, it would be one of my last choices, but if you find it interesting you should definitely consider it.
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    (Original post by The West Wing)
    I don't think company law is difficult, just boring - it might also be worth waiting since you'll learn it on the LPC anyway and use it every day for the rest of your life if you practise in the city so you may as well study something you won't have a chance to in the future. Family law is supposed to be conceptually easy but has a heavy work load because there are a lot of cases (family stuff gets litigated a lot...). Do what you're interested in, it will make the workload seem less and you're likely to do better in it. Competition law sounds horribly dry to me, it would be one of my last choices, but if you find it interesting you should definitely consider it.
    Thanks for the advice. What modules did you study, if you don't mind me asking, and how did you find them?
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    If you are definitely going for commercial firms I'd recommend Company law. Company law is probably as important as every other area of law combined at city firms. You do learn it on the LPC but not in as much detail and I find knowing Company law better than people who didn't study it useful.

    That said, it is fine if you don't do it too. I'm not sure I'd describe Family as "easy" in comparison to other subjects. Most of it isn't that difficult conceptually but there are quite a lot of cases. Company law can be tricky in places but generally I don't think its too bad and it is certainly comparable with subjects like Equity or Commercial law or Conflict of laws and so on. Company law is basically just knowing your way around the Companies Act 2006, and if you can do that you are away - its a very statutory subject, but then again so is Family law. Some people have trouble adjusting to statutory subjects - with subjects like Criminal/Contract, much like at school, there is a fair bit of lee-way and you can get away with being sort of in the right area and referring to cases sort of accurately. With Company, you MUST read the relevant section of the CA and have it with you and refer to it in the exam. Vague recollections of the sections simply won't do, you've got to look at the precise words used. This is a skill that isn't used so much at uni in most subjects, but is essential in practice. Once you can do that, its a normal third year subject IMO. Family is very statutory too, but the statutes tend to be a little more vague and rely on case-law to flesh them out.
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    (Original post by jacketpotato)
    If you are definitely going for commercial firms I'd recommend Company law. Company law is probably as important as every other area of law combined at city firms. You do learn it on the LPC but not in as much detail and I find knowing Company law better than people who didn't study it useful.

    That said, it is fine if you don't do it too. I'm not sure I'd describe Family as "easy" in comparison to other subjects. Most of it isn't that difficult conceptually but there are quite a lot of cases. Company law can be tricky in places but generally I don't think its too bad and it is certainly comparable with subjects like Equity or Commercial law or Conflict of laws and so on. Company law is basically just knowing your way around the Companies Act 2006, and if you can do that you are away - its a very statutory subject, but then again so is Family law. Some people have trouble adjusting to statutory subjects - with subjects like Criminal/Contract, much like at school, there is a fair bit of lee-way and you can get away with being sort of in the right area and referring to cases sort of accurately. With Company, you MUST read the relevant section of the CA and have it with you and refer to it in the exam. Vague recollections of the sections simply won't do, you've got to look at the precise words used. This is a skill that isn't used so much at uni in most subjects, but is essential in practice. Once you can do that, its a normal third year subject IMO. Family is very statutory too, but the statutes tend to be a little more vague and rely on case-law to flesh them out.
    Thanks for the advice, I think company law's a definite contender now!

    Anyway, I was also wondering what were your views on labour, competition and IP (trademarks and copyright) law modules?
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    (Original post by eve_22)
    Thanks for the advice, I think company law's a definite contender now!

    Anyway, I was also wondering what were your views on labour, competition and IP (trademarks and copyright) law modules?
    Didn't do any of them at uni so can't really comment

    From what I've heard from friends and from what I did on the LPC, IP is a bit nightmarish though that may just be the way it is taught at my uni.

    I really wanted to do Labour law but my uni didn't offer it in the year I wanted to do it. I've found the bits I've learnt for my pro-bono work and on the LPC quite interesting.

    Some people love competition, others less so. Be aware that Competition law is mostly just a particular part of EU law, so if you like EU law I guess its a good one to take

    All of the above are fairly specialised areas (in practice anyway, tho less so for employment) so probably worth doing if u have a particular interest in the particular area
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    (Original post by jacketpotato)
    Didn't do any of them at uni so can't really comment

    From what I've heard from friends and from what I did on the LPC, IP is a bit nightmarish though that may just be the way it is taught at my uni.

    I really wanted to do Labour law but my uni didn't offer it in the year I wanted to do it. I've found the bits I've learnt for my pro-bono work and on the LPC quite interesting.

    Some people love competition, others less so. Be aware that Competition law is mostly just a particular part of EU law, so if you like EU law I guess its a good one to take

    All of the above are fairly specialised areas (in practice anyway, tho less so for employment) so probably worth doing if u have a particular interest in the particular area
    I do find the competition law interesting in practice, particularly in relation to M&A clearance and market regulation (e.g. price fixing etc.) although EU law is a bit dry. Go figure

    Thanks for this though. Much appreciated.
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    (Original post by eve_22)
    I do find the competition law interesting in practice, particularly in relation to M&A clearance and market regulation (e.g. price fixing etc.) although EU law is a bit dry. Go figure

    Thanks for this though. Much appreciated.
    I'm doing IP at the moment, and whilst it might not be taught the same at your university, I'm really enjoying it! It's far more "substantial" than studying the property law courses, and it's considerably statute based with a reasonable splash of common law thrown in as well. I wouldn't say it's been a nightmare, but I've found it really interesting... the cases are interesting, and the topic is very relevant! I'd highly recommend it to anyone
 
 
 
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