Do I study Philosophy, Law or Film at Uni

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In Sept I will be deciding what corses i want to do at university, and I’m stuck between these three. I do RE at A-Levels and i absolutely love ethics, which makes me think i want to do a Philosophy degree. I also love the idea of law, but I don’t know much about it - it seems very confusing. I also study moving image arts, and i love film but I get too stressed and anxious when in comes to filming. I know my final film for As has turned out great and my teachers says I will get an A, but I’m just not sure if its what i want to do. I’m very creative when it comes to film, i just think it puts too much stress on me because what if my filming goes wrong? I’m not like this with exam based subjects. I’m currently leading towards philosophy, but I’m not sure where it will take me. I’d love it if anyone studying these degrees could give me their input. Thank you!!
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a brief list of pros and cons:

law is a great to degree to have if you don't know what you want to do, but its a lot of work if you're not motivated to do it

philosophy is also a good degree to have and you clearly seem to enjoy it (which should be one of the most important factors here), on the other hand its not at all like A level philosophy/RS

can't tell you much about film, other than its the kind of degree you should probably only do if you've got a good graduate-plan because its very specific and, unlike law, it won't open up many graduate job schemes to you (if that's what you're after)
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Thankyou so much!
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Philosophy and law are both wonderful subjects to study (I have degrees in both). You’ll need a certain level of appetite for law as at many points it isn’t... conspicuously interesting? Unlike subjects like psychology, which are generally quite entertaining to learn about, sometimes law gets very dry.

Philosophy is fascinating if you have the right viewpoint on it. Some people are absolutely incapable of engaging with it properly - they have their views, they don’t care to support them and they don’t like having them confronted. If you’re like that then don’t study philosophy, but it doesn’t sound as though you are.

I think philosophy is great training for a huge number of career paths, including: journalism, writing, academia, publishing and law (funnily enough!).
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(Original post by ellensmxth1)
In Sept I will be deciding what corses i want to do at university, and I’m stuck between these three. I do RE at A-Levels and i absolutely love ethics, which makes me think i want to do a Philosophy degree. I also love the idea of law, but I don’t know much about it - it seems very confusing. I also study moving image arts, and i love film but I get too stressed and anxious when in comes to filming. I know my final film for As has turned out great and my teachers says I will get an A, but I’m just not sure if its what i want to do. I’m very creative when it comes to film, i just think it puts too much stress on me because what if my filming goes wrong? I’m not like this with exam based subjects. I’m currently leading towards philosophy, but I’m not sure where it will take me. I’d love it if anyone studying these degrees could give me their input. Thank you!!
Hi ellensmxth1!

The other two users above have given you some amazing advice. About the stress you feel when it comes to filming, maybe that shouldn't be a reason for you to not do it. Although I am not a Law student I can assume that Law is quite stressful too! Maybe of you are stressed about filming, that might just be because you are a perfectionist, which is a good thing! Ultimately, I think you should think about what career you could see yourself enjoying after Uni, and making your decision based on that. Also, have a look on the Uni websites which you want to apply to and look at these courses and see which modules appeal to you the most. Finally, I believe it isn't uncommon to do an undergraduate degree in any degree and then a masters in Law and then go into Law as a career. Maybe you could go for Philosophy and then do a masters in Law?

I hope this gives you some food for thought!
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As a law student I can say that it’s really not something to go for if you’re not 100% sure what it entails. I’d say a lot (if not most) of the content at least in 1st and 2nd year is very boring and there’s a lot of reading to do that’s not very interesting to put it mildly. At my uni at least there’s also a large emphasis on memorisation of case law.

I have found the courses do get more interesting later in the degree but it is very difficult to get through the first few years if you’re not interested in the material.
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Thank you so much, this is so helpful!
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I study philosophy and am going into law so can give some potential advice:

If i were you i would try and do some more research on philosophical areas that might interest you and which modules different unis offer. Philosophy of ethics/RE is often a minor part of a philosophy degree and the rest of it can be quite different/surprising. Try doing some research on metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, as these are common modules. That being said lots of unis offer a lot of opportunity to study morality and ethics so i wouldnt worry too much. In addition, I would say that Philosophy is a pretty well respected degree and you have the opportunity to go into law afterwards so it doesn't cut out options.

I would say that law is pretty heavy going and can be a slog if you dont enjoy it, furthermore you can always do a law conversion after uni instead. On the flip side, you dont have to do law after studying a law degree so it isnt closing any options.

Personally, I would advice against film but thats just a personal opinion and I cant say i have much knowledge of it. I wouldn't say it s a particularly well respected degree especially in law ( a lot of people do English and Film together to make it more robust) and instead there are lots of opportunities at uni to pursue film and creative art as a hobby through societies or clubs, especially if you find doing film projects stressful this might be the best way as it will keep it enjoyable and a way to relax! That being said if film is something youre really keen on doing as a career it might be a good route.
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Here's my personal two cents, coming from someone who studied Philosophy and then dropped out and switched to a media course...

It completely depends on which desire is more dominant in you:
Writing essays/sitting exams about various Philosophical topics (or Laws/legislations if you chose Law)
or
Being accessed via creating media content/projects.

The problem I ran into was that I WANTED it to be the first one, but in reality I can't deny that, for me, it's the second one.

So yeah, take a bit of time to think about what you feel you're more suited for.
Don't study something just because it's generally "more respected" or "more serious". Study what's right for YOU.
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I was in your position a month ago! I was stuck between law, history and philosophy. I eventually ruled out law even though from the beginning of y12 I was so keen to do it just because I realised I wasn’t interested and invested enough to do it at degree level (I do law a level and enjoy it most of the time but couldn’t see myself doing it at university). So I was left with philosophy and history, and I recently chose philosophy just because I figured studying philosophy would satisfy my love and skill for history as it can get quite historical. What helped me decide was looking up both history and philosophy degrees....I’d spend ages on various unis degree pages and the topics they do for each subject. I also have an amazon account, and if you have one and get the kindle app you can request samples of books to read. I read loads of samples of philosophy texts and history books and through that I found that philosophy engaged me so much more. It was certainly a brain work out but I loved that😂 I also found, through research, that philosophy had all the elements that had attracted me to both history and law. So I’d say research the subjects in depth. Find online lectures on YouTube, look into course topics of each of the subjects on various uni sites, listen to podcasts on law and philosophy, read books about them via kindle samples so you don’t end up buying a tonne of books, and meanwhile just constantly ask yourself: can I see myself doing this for 3 or 4 years at degree level? Would I like to have BA Philosophy or LLB Law to my name once I graduate?
Hope I made sense! Good luck
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Hiya !

I would say maybe do a little more research into all of the courses. For law I'm not sure if you know but you have to take the LPC to become a solicitor after your degree. Also you can always do philisophy then conversion to law (basically a 1 year intensive course that turns your degree into one where you can qualify to be a lawyer). Also I know in Scotland they do more than one courses, like major and minor similar to in America. So you could major in philosophy and minor in film or something like that.

Hope this helps! Good luck
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I hope my experience helps and doesn’t confuse even more: I work in Film (sound department) and am going back to uni to study law. I hold a degree in Creative media - Audio Production.
I’ve always bene interested in both law and audio for music reasons. Now I have a career in film post production working on mixing for features. I would emphasise to think beyond just the studying period - think about which career you might prefer, what kind of life. Law and film are so so different. When it comes to film there are also LOADS of areas you can go into. Writer, director, storyboard writer, producer, production coordinator, production supervisor, camera op, then in post production: editor, vfx, post producer, dailies operator or manager, colour grading, DI.... there are so many careers! Even in Sound there are 6/7 paths you can take. So film can be a technical job, a creative job, a mix of both, an office job, a project management job... The UK film industry is exploding and US crew bring their productions here, new studios are opening, so there will be lots of work, and the film industry (post production at least) is usually a bunch of very passionate nice people. But also be aware that it will take years to generate a very good income. People get into career in film because of the love for film, not money. I am going back to study law because I cant stop thinking about it! And feel like I have to do it. I have lawyers in the family so am very familiar with it. I want to specialise in Entertainment law and carry on working in film. It was a really difficult dilemma and choice to make because i didn’t want to feel i was closing the door to a very fun creative career but conclusion was (I discussed this with many people in the industry) - I can always do it as a hobby from home on a freelance basis,as long as I maintain my contacts and networking (this industry is ALL about people and networking, which is needed in Law also). Sorry if this might confuse you but i thought it might be useful to hear from someone working in film. And I empathise with the stress factor of being creative, this is my problem too and i find that doing it as a hobby will take that pressure off because my life will not depend on it.
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