Should I study Psychology or Law?

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Recently I've started to think about what career I want to do, and for a while, I had my heart set on studying psychology and specialising in the forensic side. However, I spoke to one of the heads of the sixth form at school and she mentioned that I could potentially study Law with the A-Levels I'm currently doing.

After a couple hours of research, working in criminal law sounds the most interesting to me, but in a way, it overlaps with forensic psychology? I just don't know lol.

I'm in Year 12 at the moment so I'm going to be writing up my UCAS application and personal statements and all that soon, and I would just prefer to make a bit more of a choice so that I can make the application more clear and coherent.

Oh yeah, I'm in my first year of studying a level Psychology, English literature, and Geography. I was going to take A-level law but it got removed from the options because there wasn't anyone to teach it and the results at my sixth form for Law was really bad for years, apparently.

Also, if you have studied law or at psychology at university, whats it like? And what things would you do in each career?
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(Original post by sadikawaii)
Recently I've started to think about what career I want to do, and for a while, I had my heart set on studying psychology and specialising in the forensic side. However, I spoke to one of the heads of the sixth form at school and she mentioned that I could potentially study Law with the A-Levels I'm currently doing.

After a couple hours of research, working in criminal law sounds the most interesting to me, but in a way, it overlaps with forensic psychology? I just don't know lol.

I'm in Year 12 at the moment so I'm going to be writing up my UCAS application and personal statements and all that soon, and I would just prefer to make a bit more of a choice so that I can make the application more clear and coherent.

Oh yeah, I'm in my first year of studying a level Psychology, English literature, and Geography. I was going to take A-level law but it got removed from the options because there wasn't anyone to teach it and the results at my sixth form for Law was really bad for years, apparently.

Also, if you have studied law or at psychology at university, whats it like? And what things would you do in each career?
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Criminal law does not overlap with forensic psychology (at least very little), but criminology I think does. If you were interested in this, you could study it as part of a law degree. My university offers it as a second-year optional module and I am sure I have seen it offered at many other institutions too. With regards to your A Level subjects, you can definitely study Law with those as it is a subject that has no A Level subject requirements (unlike, say, Chemistry).

I have just finished my first year studying for my LLB (which is the code for an undergraduate qualifying law degree) and I have really enjoyed it. If you want to know more about the kinds of things a law degree entails, I'd recommend reading Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas McBride. It's a cliche in that every prospective law student reads it, but there is a reason for this as it's very good! I would also recommend Raymond Wacks' Law: A Very Short Introduction and Tom Bingham's The Rule of Law. These last two are less about what it's like to study Law at university and more about the law itself, so if you enjoy reading these then it's likely that you will enjoy a law degree.
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