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I need help.

I study IB. International baccalaureate, so i do chemistry biology english philosophy french maths in sixth form. I dont know whether i should go into Medicine or law at university. I don't know which to choose. Honestly my main goal is to help people but i want to do that in the most enjoyable and profitable career. Does anyone have any idea what I should do? If i was a doctor I'd want to work for the WHO because being a doctor for the NHS in the UK is unappreciated honestly. I want to make a real difference in country's that need aid from people like the UN. You guys have any preferences? Lawyers can better help people on a day to day basis though.

If I did do law would it be possible to do like chemistry then a law conversion? Thats what I would probably most want to do.
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The problem with law is you could end up having to defend people who are actually guilty - you can't really control what cases you get? With medicine you're always helping people get better. I know nothing about either, it's just my instinct to go with medicine. Both are pretty stressful but well paid so there are pros and cons to each...
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The good old life or liberty question. You can qualify as both. A doctor who specialises in medical law.

Study medicine > law conversion course > LPC BVC.

Also if you decide medicine is not for you, depending on the university, you may get a BSc and you can use this to go into the GDL and become a lawyer. It's seta requirement to have a Law degree to become a barrister or solicitor. In fact in many the legal industry its approx 60% are law grads and the rest studied a variety of subjects. And Im sure they count medicine as the one of the most academically rigorous.
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The good old life or liberty question. You can qualify as both. A doctor who specialises in medical law.

Study medicine > law conversion course > LPC BVC.

Also if you decide medicine is not for you, depending on the university, you may get a BSc and you can use this to go into the GDL and become a lawyer. It's seta requirement to have a Law degree to become a barrister or solicitor. In fact in many the legal industry its approx 60% are law grads and the rest studied a variety of subjects. And Im sure they count medicine as the one of the most academically rigorous.
Thanks for the advice. So is that 5 years of medical school then a year law conversion?
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The problem with law is you could end up having to defend people who are actually guilty - you can't really control what cases you get? With medicine you're always helping people get better. I know nothing about either, it's just my instinct to go with medicine. Both are pretty stressful but well paid so there are pros and cons to each...
I'm afraid your wrong.How can one be guilty unless a court convicts such a person of a crime. The whole point of a trial is to test evidence with known facts and to prove a presumed innocent person as guilty. Unless of course your appearing before an appelllate court.

If however one does come accross a client who admits to having intented to murder for example, as a barrister your advice would be for them to plead guilty. If not you can always tell them that you refuse to mislead the court and they should seek another barrister. As a barrister your duty is firstly to the court.
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Thanks for the advice. So is that 5 years of medical school then a year law conversion?
Yes and then either a further year on BPTC to become a barrister or two years LPC.

Once you've done either of those you need 1 year pupillage at a barristers chambers or 2 year training contract at solicitors firm.

Just as a side note, both careers with suck the life out of you if you try and attempt both. Don't bother. Do one and after a while swtich career into another if need be. You will have a lot on your hands in terms of debts, exams, time wise.
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Yes and then either a further year on BPTC to become a barrister or two years LPC.

Once you've done either of those you need 1 year pupillage at a barristers chambers or 2 year training contract at solicitors firm.

Just as a side note, both careers with suck the life out of you if you try and attempt both. Don't bother. Do one and after a while swtich career into another if need be. You will have a lot on your hands in terms of debts, exams, time wise.
So do you think the best course of action is just to go from med school see if I like it and if not go straight to a law conversion?
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So do you think the best course of action is just to go from med school see if I like it and if not go straight to a law conversion?
Yes that sounds like a wise course. Just get yourself the grades and and experience and into Med school. Take it from there. Remember, only a minority of sharply intelligent people persue careers for money and actually succeed. Usually, one needs to have a sincere love for one's profession. Become wise and skilled at what you do, the money will follow. On the other hand if you want tuns of money, look into Investment Banking, Stock Trader, Financial Analyst, Actuary.

All the best dude! :-)
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