The study of law involves the acquisition of a variety of intellectual skills. These skills will be central to understanding and critically analysing the rules and institutions which society establishes to secure and promote justice and order. In addition to being a preparation for the legal profession, knowledge of law, and the creative and imaginative powers of reasoning the study of law develops, are valued by many employers. We teach a degree programme with an emphasis on understanding law in context. In so doing we aim to encourage you to develop a broad outlook on legal issues, to gain an understanding of the functions of law and of the legal system, and to appreciate the place of rules of law in the construction of politics and society.