In a time of critical legislative alteration and constitutional upheaval, the study of Law has become ever more significant. Providing a voice to those unheard by the authorities, protecting the rights entitled by our citizens and building safer communities that promote wellbeing, the law is essential for society’s progression. My intrigue for the discipline stems from challenging the misconception that there is a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to legal questions, whilst striving to construct my own justified conclusion. I enjoyed ‘What About Law?’ by Barnard, O’Sullivan and Virgo which shows countless legal dimensions that surround seemingly trivial events such as hosting a birthday party; from the purchasing and under-aged consumption of alcohol to the various accidents and public disruptions that could consequentially arise, it demonstrates how the law can infiltrate everyday life.
The UK celebrates a society that embraces human rights, but exactly how effective is our legal system in protecting the rights of its citizens if cuts are being made to the provision of free Legal Aid? Is justice being properly upheld? I believe the responsibility of our democratic government to defend the rights of the taxpayers – those whom legal aid is funded by – should be prioritised over inefficient government expenditure on unproductive capital projects. Matters such as these illustrate the indispensable nature of the legal system and I hope this blog enthuses you to adopt the same attitude towards the law.
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