(Original post by skullz01242)
Hey guys, I want to get into a career in law. My original choice for a levels was economics, maths, history and English lit (as going into business and finance was my backup). However now I'm dropping English Lit and taking either psychology or philosophyðics but I'm not sure which one to choose. Any recommendations? Including what to expect for the a level, what the exams are like and so forth. Thanks
Either will do.
They will teach your fundamental essay writing techniques as well as reading big amounts of writing.
Psychology will be useful to a Law degree just because Psychology deals with case studies which you'll obviously have to do throughout your Law degree. So that might be a reason for it it.
Philosophy/Ethics will be good cause it will teach you all about logic and reasoning. Which is incredibly important for Law as all I see is about arguing your case. Philo/Ethics teaches you how to argue in a logical form of way, making you more aware of implications in arguing which is a good skill when thinking about Law.
In terms of subject content-wise, Psychology is good if you wish to explore Criminal Law if you do abnormal or criminal psychology as a unit at A-level. Philo/Ethics has more economical units like in Ethics, you'll study Business Ethics, Medical Ethics and Environmental Ethics. So that will go well if you wish to go into that field of law.
Philosophy is all about the religion aspects of Philosophy, whereas, Ethics is all about the moral aspects of Philosophy - like what it means to be a person, what is the true definition of "evil", should their be limitations of women becoming pregnant at a certain age, etc.
I would say have a look at the specifications. Go for which sounds more interesting. If you like case studies and a lot more digesting evidence such as tables, data, percentages, etc then go for Psychology. If you prefer to question the world about religion and morality, then go for Philo/Ethics.