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I am currently doing my GCSEs and am almost certain I will study law at uni. I did my work experience at a property law firm - It was boring but I'm not looking to go into property - so I have a brief understanding of law as I did lots of research whilst I was there. If any law students could give me advice on what I can do now to help my future in law or tell me what law school is like and give me advice I would very much appreciate it!!
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Not a specialist or anything in law (was considering law at uni for a while but opted not to go into law) but I'd definitely consider just focusing purely on achieving the best gcse grades you can as these , although may not be as important as A level grades , can still be important when applying to university law courses/ job. Doing this will definitely put you in good position to begin your journey towards a career in law.
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(Original post by H. Bhatti...)
I am currently doing my GCSEs and am almost certain I will study law at uni. I did my work experience at a property law firm - It was boring but I'm not looking to go into property - so I have a brief understanding of law as I did lots of research whilst I was there. If any law students could give me advice on what I can do now to help my future in law or tell me what law school is like and give me advice I would very much appreciate it!!
Agree with the person above that at this stage you should be focussing on your grades and in picking a good selection of A levels. There is nothing else you need to be doing.

What subjects are you thinking about choosing?
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Agree with the person above that at this stage you should be focussing on your grades and in picking a good selection of A levels. There is nothing else you need to be doing.

What subjects are you thinking about choosing?
Same I'm thinking of doing medical law at Oxford
I really want to do Biology, History and politics
However, I don't think politics is going to benefit me if I change my mind to something more sciency?
I get like As in more literary subjects but in like maths and science i get 8s and 9s so I'm really unsure....
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Same I'm thinking of doing medical law at Oxford
I really want to do Biology, History and politics
However, I don't think politics is going to benefit me if I change my mind to something more sciency?
I get like As in more literary subjects but in like maths and science i get 8s and 9s so I'm really unsure....
I don't believe Oxford do medical law at undergraduate level, only postgrad.

You only need one essay writing subject for Oxford so if you think it would be better to keep your options open there would be no problem with you choosing Biology, Chemistry and History instead
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Agree with the person above that at this stage you should be focussing on your grades and in picking a good selection of A levels. There is nothing else you need to be doing.

What subjects are you thinking about choosing?
English lit & lang, philosophy, history, sociology
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English lit & lang, philosophy, history, sociology
They are a good selection of subjects. My only comment is that you don't need 4 and it may well be better to stick with 3 subjects in order to get the best grades you can.

However, some people start with 4 and drop one if they are struggling with the workload or find out they don't enjoy one of the subjects.
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They are a good selection of subjects. My only comment is that you don't need 4 and it may well be better to stick with 3 subjects in order to get the best grades you can.

However, some people start with 4 and drop one if they are struggling with the workload or find out they don't enjoy one of the subjects.
Yes, I am certain I will drop sociology after my AS exams and keep English, philosophy, and history. My only concern is if I'm not doing well in one of the three subjects I want A levels in and end up taking sociology as my actual A level, it won't be as presentable to Russel Group universities. I know English, history, and philosophy are high regarded subjects and sociology doesn't particularly match this. I understand they are all essay based which is what I have always been told are the best subjects to take for law. However, I want to take the right subjects that will put me in the best position possible.
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Yes, I am certain I will drop sociology after my AS exams and keep English, philosophy, and history. My only concern is if I'm not doing well in one of the three subjects I want A levels in and end up taking sociology as my actual A level, it won't be as presentable to Russel Group universities. I know English, history, and philosophy are high regarded subjects and sociology doesn't particularly match this. I understand they are all essay based which is what I have always been told are the best subjects to take for law. However, I want to take the right subjects that will put me in the best position possible.
RG Unis are absolutely fine with Sociology... some of them list their preferred subjects on their website like LSE and UCL and Sheffield, and Sociology is always on their lists so if you find you enjoy it, don’t worry about that. Also you don’t need to take 3 essay based subjects although some Law Unis do say they prefer applicants to have one essay based subject.
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I don't believe Oxford do medical law at undergraduate level, only postgrad.

You only need one essay writing subject for Oxford so if you think it would be better to keep your options open there would be no problem with you choosing Biology, Chemistry and History instead
Okay cool, I got in contact with my future sixth form and they are willing to allow me to do 4 A-Levels so I will do politics too!
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Hi,

I’m currently a third year law student!

You are still at very early stages and so, as suggested by other users, there is not a lot to do!

However, if you do want to get a head start you certainly can.

You could try and boost your CV in various ways such as attending open court and sitting in on cases to see how it all works. There is always a variety of cases and areas of law to watch. You could pick up a law book and have a read. You could ask for some more work experience at law firms or public sectors such as a local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Hope this has helped :-)
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I am currently doing my GCSEs and am almost certain I will study law at uni. I did my work experience at a property law firm - It was boring but I'm not looking to go into property - so I have a brief understanding of law as I did lots of research whilst I was there. If any law students could give me advice on what I can do now to help my future in law or tell me what law school is like and give me advice I would very much appreciate it!!
Hi!

I have just completed my law degree and I think the best way to prepare you for a career in law is by obtaining as much work experience as you can! Law firms love voluntary work so you could always apply to work at a charity or non-profitable organisation, even if it is not law related as it shows that you have a character that is willing to help others.

I wouldn't worry too much at the moment as you are still a few years away, but firms are more likely to give students work experience when they are studying for their a levels - you should look out for firms near you that offer summer placement schemes and keep them in mind for when you are at this stage!

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions

Emily

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