Is it worth doing law if you don't want to become a lawyer?

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    Hi, I'm considering applying for law. However, I've done work experience with solicitors and i found it to be a bit boring tbh and i don't know if id be suited to being a lawyer as i don't know if its the right job for me. However, i find some elements of doing a law degree interesting and i now that it is a well considered degree which is looked on favourably be employers. My question is that is it worth me doing law if i do not want to become a lawyer, although i find some parts interesting I've looked at videos online of aspects of law and I've found some parts of it to be quite boring and I've heard that theres a lot of hard work. If I'm not as passionate about it and don't want to become a lawyer, is it worth it? thanks
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    Several points emerge from your post:

    1. In theory, certainly it's worth doing law if you don't want to be a lawyer. For many, law is a very interesting a rewarding subject to learn about in its own right. Nor is it unusual to do law without intending, or intending not, to become a lawyer. So that shouldn't put you off.

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    2. If you do decide to apply, consider your university options carefully. Some courses might be less suited to you. For instance, at York all the learning is structured in a way that is geared specifically towards legal practice. If legal practice is not what you are interested in, this is unlikely to be for you.

    3. You sound ambivalent as to whether you really are interested in law at all. It's fine if you think some aspects are interesting but others not so much - we all have areas of law we think are less interesting - but if you're not really that enthusiastic at all, then you shouldn't do the degree.

    4. You also seem averse to hard work. This is not a good start for a law degree (or, in my opinion, any degree, but you will probably fare worse with law than with some other options) either.

    So in short, is it worth doing a law degree if you don't want to be a lawyer? Absolutely. The question is whether you should do a law degree.
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    (Original post by Estreth)
    Several points emerge from your post:

    1. In theory, certainly it's worth doing law if you don't want to be a lawyer. For many, law is a very interesting a rewarding subject to learn about in its own right. Nor is it unusual to do law without intending, or intending not, to become a lawyer. So that shouldn't put you off.

    However,

    2. If you do decide to apply, consider your university options carefully. Some courses might be less suited to you. For instance, at York all the learning is structured in a way that is geared specifically towards legal practice. If legal practice is not what you are interested in, this is unlikely to be for you.

    3. You sound ambivalent as to whether you really are interested in law at all. It's fine if you think some aspects are interesting but others not so much - we all have areas of law we think are less interesting - but if you're not really that enthusiastic at all, then you shouldn't do the degree.

    4. You also seem averse to hard work. This is not a good start for a law degree (or, in my opinion, any degree, but you will probably fare worse with law than with some other options) either.

    So in short, is it worth doing a law degree if you don't want to be a lawyer? Absolutely. The question is whether you should do a law degree.
    I am for working hard its not like i don't want to work hard but I'm just unsure about doing the degree if i don't want to be a lawyer and if it is worth it if i don't go into a law career
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    Degrees worth looking at instead are Politics (and/or International Relations), History or another 'literate' subject like Theology or Philosophy - or other subjects connected to Law like Criminology or Social Policy. All are good 'thinking' degrees and valued by employers in all sorts of unconnected career areas.

    Examples :
    Politics : http://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/politics
    International Relations : http://www.southampton.ac.uk/socsci/...relations.page
    History : http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/hum...aduate/History
    Theology : http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyher...nd-ethics.aspx
    Philosophy : http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/philosoph...ctiveugs/intro
    Social Policy / Criminology : http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/under...h-criminology/
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    (Original post by Pn2020)
    I am for working hard its not like i don't want to work hard but I'm just unsure about doing the degree if i don't want to be a lawyer and if it is worth it if i don't go into a law career
    Ah, I see. Well if your worry is simply that your hard work might be wasted in a law degree if you don't become a lawyer at the end of it, then don't worry. The hard work is worth it.

    But I agree with returnmigrant that another option would be to consider exactly what it is you find interesting about law, and then find out whether there is a degree that suits that specific interest better. Sociology is another option in addition to those suggested above.
 
 
 
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