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Should I take law at a-level?

I may want to do it at degree level, does that mean I must take it at a-level to do so?
Is law really disrespected too?
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For some reason that I dont understand if you want to a degree in Law at Uni you do not need to have done Law at A-level or even AS
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Should I take law at a-level?

I may want to do it at degree level, does that mean I must take it at a-level to do so?
Is law really disrespected too?
No. From what I've heard, Law departments would prefer you to take traditional accommodating subjects like History or English. Law is not regarded as an accommodating subject. Whilst you can take it if you want, make sure you've got 2 or 3 accommodating subjects first and ensure that you're continuing those subjects to A2.
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There are a lot of myths surrounding A level Law. I got so sick of hearing these, so let me help clear them up for you.

1.You have to take A Level Law to study it at uni - This is totally not true. Not every sixth form offers A Level Law, so they can't possibly ask for it as a requirement. It does offer you a chance to see if you actually enjoy the subject though, so you might want to try it out first before you commit to studying it at uni.

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Unis don't like people taking A Level Law if they want to do a degree in it - Again, absolutely not true. People think this because A level Law is not an entry requirement for Law courses at uni

3. You have to take all essay-based subjects at A level to study law at uni - Although it is a good idea to take essay subjects (as a Law degree involves a lot of essays), there is nothing wrong with taking a different subject in addition such as a science if you believe it will secure you a high grade.
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There are a lot of myths surrounding A level Law. I got so sick of hearing these, so let me help clear them up for you.

1.You have to take A Level Law to study it at uni - This is totally not true. Not every sixth form offers A Level Law, so they can't possibly ask for it as a requirement. It does offer you a chance to see if you actually enjoy the subject though, so you might want to try it out first before you commit to studying it at uni.

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Unis don't like people taking A Level Law if they want to do a degree in it - Again, absolutely not true. People think this because A level Law is not an entry requirement for Law courses at uni

3. You have to take all essay-based subjects at A level to study law at uni - Although it is a good idea to take essay subjects (as a Law degree involves a lot of essays), there is nothing wrong with taking a different subject in addition such as a science if you believe it will secure you a high grade.

Thank you for replying to my thread.

Would the following subjects be suitable to take alongside law;?
Sociology
French
Business
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Should I take law at a-level?

I may want to do it at degree level, does that mean I must take it at a-level to do so?
Is law really disrespected too?
There is no problem with taking the subject at A-Level. The problem universities have with A-Level Law is hugely over-exaggerated; I am studying A-Level law right now and am extremely glad to have done. It won't harm your chances of applying to study law at university at all, provided you get a decent grade and the other subjects you do are good ones.

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For some reason that I dont understand if you want to a degree in Law at Uni you do not need to have done Law at A-level or even AS
They teach you completely from scratch. No prior knowledge of the Law is needed. The reason why they don't like you to have studied A-Level law as it is approached slightly differently to Law at degree level, but it will not hinder your chances of getting in.

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No. From what I've heard, Law departments would prefer you to take traditional accommodating subjects like History or English. Law is not regarded as an accommodating subject. Whilst you can take it if you want, make sure you've got 2 or 3 accommodating subjects first and ensure that you're continuing those subjects to A2.
This is good advice!
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Thank you for replying to my thread.

Would the following subjects be suitable to take alongside law;?
Sociology
French
Business
French would be good and would add another dimension to your application - with so few students taking language A-Levels now it would make you stand out. Many universities could also offer you the chance to spend a year of your degree studying in France, if that is of interest. Only take it if you are fairly confident in your abilities as I have heard it is fairly difficult, but then what A-Levels aren't?

If you're interested in sociology or business, take one or the other but not both. Take a subject like English or History; they would better prepare you for a Law degree. Out of the two I would say Sociology is probably more relevant but it's your choice.
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French would be good and would add another dimension to your application - with so few students taking language A-Levels now it would make you stand out. Many universities could also offer you the chance to spend a year of your degree studying in France, if that is of interest. Only take it if you are fairly confident in your abilities as I have heard it is fairly difficult, but then what A-Levels aren't?

I will certainly take French then as I'm already fluent.

If you're interested in sociology or business, take one or the other but not both. Take a subject like English or History; they would better prepare you for a Law degree. Out of the two I would say Sociology is probably more relevant but it's your choice.
Would Economics be a better substitute for Business? I want to still take a business related course alongside Sociology.
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Would Economics be a better substitute for Business? I want to still take a business related course alongside Sociology.
I think economics would be the better choice, but if you're keen on law I really think an essay based subject where you are required to debate and be analytical would serve you better.

At the end of the day, it's your choice and you do whatever subjects you want to do, but bear in mind Law is quite competitive so it is advisable to take the subjects that the universities will feel can best prepare you for the degree.

Sorry to be critical of your choices but I'm just trying to give you transparent advice.
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I think economics would be the better choice, but if you're keen on law I really think an essay based subject where you are required to debate and be analytical would serve you better.

At the end of the day, it's your choice and you do whatever subjects you want to do, but bear in mind Law is quite competitive so it is advisable to take the subjects that the universities will feel can best prepare you for the degree.

Sorry to be critical of your choices but I'm just trying to give you transparent advice.
Your advice is very welcome. Is Law very competitive then?
I'm confident in getting A*A* in Sociology and AA in Business and BB in French. Are these good enough to get into law school?
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Your advice is very welcome. Is Law very competitive then?
I'm confident in getting A*A* in Sociology and AA in Business and BB in French. Are these good enough to get into law school?
Hope I'm helping... It's one of the more competitive degrees yes, not in the same vein as subjects like medicine obviously but it's a lot harder than most subjects. A lot of it depends on the University, obviously places like Oxbridge will be even harder to get into.

If you take them subjects, and work hard to get the best grades you possibly can, then I doubt there would be a problem. Just be wary other students will likely have more traditional subjects.

Best of Luck! A-Level law is really interesting, im sure you'll enjoy it
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Thank you for replying to my thread.

Would the following subjects be suitable to take alongside law;?
Sociology
French
Business
Sociology seems to be quite a popular subject to take alongside law. It shows good essay writing skills and analysis.

French would offer you the opportunity to take Law with French at uni, or do 4 year course with a year of study abroad.

I don't really know anything about business A Level, but if you think you'll get a good grade then go for it.
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