Is a Law Degree Hard to Do?


Is a Law Degree Hard to Do?

Law has become a popular course to study at university. It offers high earning potential, and career satisfaction and you’ll acquire a mixture of skills and knowledge that employers find attractive.  

However, a lot of people worry that a law degree is going to be too hard for them. They fear that they’ll start a journey they simply cannot finish. 

Is a law degree too difficult to obtain? 

Unfortunately, this is one of those “how long is a piece of string” type questions. What one person finds difficult, another person may find quite easy. We’re all different, after all.  

And, of course, getting a degree isn’t supposed to be a walk in the park. However, with the right support and guidance, you’ll be able to maximise your potential.  

So, let’s delve a little bit deeper and discover what to expect when studying law here in the North West of England. 

What is difficult about getting a law degree?

As mentioned, university degrees aren’t supposed to be easy. However, different courses present different challenges, so it makes sense to start by understanding the challenges law presents. 

The subject is complex 

Legal concepts can be quite intricate. You’ll need a deep understanding of various areas of law, such as common, criminal, intellectual property, commercial, family, labour, and more.  

Yes, this can seem overwhelming. But that’s what you’re going to university for, right? To learn!  

Extensive research and reading 

Law students typically need to read and analyse large volumes of legal literature.  

Legal writing 

Clear, precise writing is required. Don’t worry, though; these are skills you can acquire. You’ll learn exactly how to draft legal documents effectively during your course.  


Ultimately, obtaining a law degree demands a significant time commitment.  

You can expect to spend long hours studying, preparing for classes, conducting research, and participating in extracurricular activities, such as mock trials.  

But this is good; it ensures you’re ready for life beyond university!  

What skills do you need to study law? 

- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills 

- Excellent reading comprehension and research skills  

- Effective communication, both oral and written 

- Attention to detail  

- Logical reasoning and problem-solving capabilities 

- Ability to analyse complex information 

- Time management and organisation skills  

Do most law students pass their exams? 

Law students are thriving at the moment. In fact, the number of legal graduates across England and Wales for the 2021/22 academic year reached a record high: 18,927.  

✅ 55% achieved a 2:1 degree  

✅ 27% achieved a first-class degree 

You’ll get the help and guidance you need at the University of Bolton 

Yes, law can be challenging, but it’s also fascinating. And, when you study at Bolton University, you’ll benefit from a supportive learning environment with industry-standard facilities.  

Not only are our classes relatively small to maintain the best possible teaching quality but we have direct links with employers so we can support your career ambitions.  

Plus, Bolton University is one of the best places to get your law degree. For two years running, our law courses were ranked second for student experience in the UK!  

If you are looking to apply to the University of Bolton via Clearing, follow this page linked here to find out all the information you need to know on how to successfully be prepared. If you are unsure of what direction to head in, you will also find our quiz that helps to identify your strengths and what areas you are likely to excel in! 

Ready to take the next step? Start your journey with us! Contact us at or call +44 1204 903142 to speak to a member of the team. 



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