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I’m currently a 3rd year politics and economics student and I am kind of considering switching to law but after the years I’ve spent studying this... I’ve realised it’s an extremely extremely competitive subject and field, that is oversaturated with a lot of graduates and the job market for law graduates is not the greatest.
I’m stuck in between doing data science as a masters or political economy.
Everything aside — I don’t really care about what I enjoy doing more because all of these I am equally as interested in as the other, and I owe that to how versatile my current degree is. I’m more interested in graduate prospects, the job market, how worth it is the degree, and all of that. I know I’d be happy studying all of them, but would I benefit from a law degree?
you don’t need a law degree to become a lawyer if that’s what you’re thinking and you definitely don’t need a masters degree. if you’re reasoning for studying law is specifically for that reason i would say not worth it.
I wouldn't suggest doing law because you can always switch to law later. I'm not too sure about the barrister route but I can advise you from the solicitor's route perspective. Imagine this, the modules LLB students study in 3 years, GDL (law conversion course) students do all the necessary modules to qualify (which is like half the modules in LLB degree) within 1 year. Not to mention, the LPC that all trainees must do, is once again a repetition of the modules that you did in LLB/GDL aside from vocational training, if you're interested in commercial law. The only advantage to doing LPC is if you want to specialise in IP or clinical negligence or any other area of law because then the firm wants you to take those modules that relate to your role in future. Anyway if you're particularly interested in some area of law and want as much experience as possible then maybe doing a law degree wouldn't be too bad otherwise you'll get sick of the same thing being repeated over and over again.
And if you didn't know the SQE doesn't even allow you to specialise in a particular area of law such as IP or Clinical negligence. It's all basic modules that LLB/GDL students do. I don't know how they'll fill the gap of subjective diversity for solicitors with SQE
With the SQE you still need to have 2 years legal experience prior to qualifying so I can imagine specialist subjects will still be covered under training contract electives.