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Choosing A Levels for a law degree? watch

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    I'm starting college in a couple of weeks and have decided that for a career I would like to be an international (human rights) lawyer. However, I'm still stuck on my a level choices as I would really like to aim for one of the top universities, the a levels I'm thinking of doing are Geography, Biology, Ethics and Philosophy and Psychology. Psychology is really the only subject I'm concerned about in the sense of it being not 'academic' enough for the top universities. I'd love to hear all the opinions regarding these specific a levels, other helpful a levels and law entry requirements in general.


    Geography and Biology will be great if you have an aptitude for them, they're also academic subjects which is a benefit. Biology can be a challenging subject, you need to revise a lot in order to achieve a high grade.
    Obviously essay subjects will be a benefit to your application such as English Literature and History as they will teach you how to answer essay style questions, but if they are not your strong point, and you wouldn't expect a good grade from them, don't do them. Ethics and Philosophy would give you an idea about some of the topics covered within a law degree, however I'm not sure how well regarded it is. Psychology has a lot of essay content, it isn't generally thought of as a science, more of a social science, but it would still be reasonably well regarded with Biology and Geography.
    Stick to good academic subjects, that you are sure you can achieve a good grade in.

    The best A levels for a law degree are actually probably English literature and History, as you need to demonstrate a high level of eloquence, and those are the two hardest and most respected essay-based A levels. If you were looking at international law, a language probably wouldn't go amiss either (although you could always go on a languages course during a gap year, or just in the summer before uni).
    That said, you should do what you want to. In your interview, you'll need to be able to talk engagingly about your subjects, which you won't be able to do if you don't really enjoy them. My advice would be to do the subjects that inspire you - and if those are the ones you're taking, that's fine. If you did want to change an A level though, the best one to do would be either English lit or History.
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