(Original post by Student200112)
I was wondering whether law degree is a good to take in university? One of the jobs I am considering is to be a solicitor. What is the difference between a lawyer and a solicitor. I am in year 12 doing these a levels: history, English literature and psychology. Are these appropriate for doing law?
1. Imo if you get a good degree class, if you enjoy it and if you fo to a good uni.
It is a competitive career, but if you do the above you stand a good chance of getting a rewarding one.
Dont worry about Legal Aid most solicitors never have anything to do with it as its usually very low end or stuff that is poorly paid [Criminal, Housing.some Family] Its also a very small part of the legal market which most of the profession ignore. Most applicants go for commercial private practice, which is where the money is and most of the well paid high quality training contracts are.
2. Anyone who studies or practices law. Solicitor is one of the two main types of lawyers. they do all legal work, but might not be specialist advocates appearing in court.
3. The A levels are fine and its not as though you can change them. It is poor advice to suggest you drop psychology as that would cost you a year and your school may not support you. In terms of your application it is highly unlikely to have any positive effect either, it may even harm your application as you would then be doing A levels over three years. Your A levels are just fine. History and English are two of the ones most suited for the skills they teach you plus they are recognised as strong traditional facilitating subjects. It is really the grades that matter.
Look at these links to id possible degrees or careers
Last edited by 999tigger; 4 weeks ago
It's a bit concerning that you say you want to be a solicitor but don't appear to know what that means.
The amount of people i know who have studied law (sometimes at top universities) aiming to come out of it being a lawyer or solicitor and have failed in that is.. well, all of them.
The chances you'll be a solicitor after your degree is very small, you'll probably get a menial job in a small law firm like most people do.
There are way too many law students and not enough jobs - also if youre not expecting to go to one of the top ranked unis, i would defo drop it, but that's me - i'm not so much driven by passion, more by the logistics of what will drive me the most success in the future.
But may the odds be in your favour if you do go ahead with it..
(Original post by Palmyra)
This is a very arrogant and dismissive response that only shows your ignorance to the reality of those studying law outside of the top 15 universities.
Don't study outside the top 15, den.
NB that poster said a) they know people at top unis and b) none of them could get into legal work.
Last edited by Notoriety; 4 weeks ago
Cripple fight. I hadnt realised nobody every qualified as a solicitor if they didnt go to top 15.