I want to be a lawyer, what a levels should i take?

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Hi guys I'm new to TSR and I was hoping somebody could give me an insight on what would be the best a levels to do, if I want to study Law at uni
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It doesn't really matter, as log as the subjects are decently respected and you get good grades Hard subjects, with at least one essay based subject would help. Languages in particular are respected quite a lot of lawyers have french A Level, so they can study a year abroad.

A girl from my school got in to Cambridge with Maths, Further maths, History and Religious studies.

Things like English Lit, the three sciences and even Geography could also be good. Choose what you enjoy mainly, but MAKESURE you pick respected A Levels!
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I want to be a lawyer but I'm not doing law at uni- i'll do a conversion course after I finish, so if you want to be a lawyer that way choose subjects relevant to the degree you want. If you want to study law (even though its pretty pointless) at uni, there are no essential subjects, but some unis prefer subjects like History and Classics, or English lit. That being said, top unis require admissions tests to show your potential, so you could theoretically study all science subjects and get in.
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  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Government and Politics
  • Sociology
  • Mathematics
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Hi guys I'm new to TSR and I was hoping somebody could give me an insight on what would be the best a levels to do, if I want to study Law at uni
English language and literature
History
Politics
Mathematics
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English maths languages and history/ geography are best


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Thanks for your feedback guys I initially thought to do... English Language, Goverment and Politics, Law and Business. I'm now questioning whether to do Law and Business. What do you think?
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Thanks for your feedback guys I initially thought to do... English Language, Goverment and Politics, Law and Business. I'm now questioning whether to do Law and Business. What do you think?
Your sentences are difficult to understand.

You want to study these A Levels?

• English Language
• Government and Politics
• Law
• Business studies

What career path do you want to do? Law is a wide-ranging subject.
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Your sentences are difficult to understand.

You want to study these A Levels?

• English Language
• Government and Politics
• Law
• Business studies

What career path do you want to do? Law is a wide-ranging subject.
I want to be a barrister or solicitor
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I want to be a barrister or solicitor
Swap Law for History A level and you are fine
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I want to be a barrister or solicitor
This is a list of the barristers at Doughty Chambers in London. You will see that if you hover over them that they have specialisations / areas of practice, so list what areas interest you.

Then you can choose your a-level subjects and possibly a joint-honours degree and if you did a straight law degree then this will help you set out the optional modules that are obvious before even starting the course.
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I want to do Law too and I took History, English Lit, Maths and Biology last year. As long as you do respected A levels you will be fine. That being said I have heard many universities say they would prefer you not to take A level Law.
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Hi guys I'm new to TSR and I was hoping somebody could give me an insight on what would be the best a levels to do, if I want to study Law at uni
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Thanks for your feedback guys I initially thought to do... English Language, Goverment and Politics, Law and Business. I'm now questioning whether to do Law and Business. What do you think?
In the main, it is fine to do most academic A Levels to study law at university. Basically, do what you think you'd enjoy. Some universities though don't look highly on A Level law and the LSE has both Law and Business Studies on its list of 'non-preferred subjects' so I would think carefully about whether you want to do both Law and Business Studies if you would like to apply to LSE.

Apart from that, do what you want - I did Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Economics at A Level and then did a law degree at a decent university. It would be best to do something that you would enjoy and do well at rather than something you don't enjoy (and possibly not do so great at). I did not do Law at A Level because universities teach it from scratch and thought that i might as well learn a different subject (which would improve my general knowledge).

Other users have suggested specific subjects but those subjects don't provide any particular advantage over others (such as government and politics) in the admissions process.

In essence do what you think you'll like but I would consider alternatives to Law and/or Business Studies if there are other subjects you would be keen to do. It would not massively disadvantage you though if you just did one of them. Oh and btw, business has a lot of relevance in A Level Economics, which is certainly a well respected A Level, so that could be an alternative.

Also, a number of universities exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking from offers so best avoid those in your choices.
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