Law vs Psychology degree in uk

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I’m a current sophomore(10th grader) in the US. Soon to be a junior(11th grader). I already know that I’m dead set on going to uni in the UK as a international student. It’s just the degree that I’m uncertain about. For the longest time I was set on becoming a criminal or human rights/civil rights lawyer. However, just recently I found an interest in psychology. Specifically the forensic/criminal and counseling side of psychology. With me being in pre ib and ib next year I need to pick classes that will help me get into my desired courses at uni. So I have no idea if I want to go down the law or psychology root since I would be unable to switch any of my classes out for different ones. Overall I’m just terrified of making the wrong mistake for my future. Do any of you guys regret doing law and or psychology and why?
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Can you also maybe talk to people who work in psychology / law and see how they feel about their careers? Because as good as studying might be, after you graduate you will eventually work in the field, and the goal of studying the course (apart from your passion for it) is to also work in it (unless you don't plan to work in it at all?)
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Can you also maybe talk to people who work in psychology / law and see how they feel about their careers? Because as good as studying might be, after you graduate you will eventually work in the field, and the goal of studying the course (apart from your passion for it) is to also work in it (unless you don't plan to work in it at all?)
I’ve already reached out to 2 people who are now in training contract for law and both of them told me that if they didn’t 100% love their law courses in uni they would be suffering right now. They just said that you truly have to love your course, so when you get into the field you won’t be already drained out or dread going to work. But I do plan to work in either the law or psychology field after uni.
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I’m a current sophomore(10th grader) in the US. Soon to be a junior(11th grader). I already know that I’m dead set on going to uni in the UK as a international student. It’s just the degree that I’m uncertain about. For the longest time I was set on becoming a criminal or human rights/civil rights lawyer. However, just recently I found an interest in psychology. Specifically the forensic/criminal and counseling side of psychology. With me being in pre ib and ib next year I need to pick classes that will help me get into my desired courses at uni. So I have no idea if I want to go down the law or psychology root since I would be unable to switch any of my classes out for different ones. Overall I’m just terrified of making the wrong mistake for my future. Do any of you guys regret doing law and or psychology and why?
Hi Krissy23

I saw this post and couldn't help but jump because I have both! I have a psychology degree as well as a law degree! I am also currently studying a masters in law too.

Firstly, the other posters are right- studying is so much easier if you love a subject. I took BSc Psychology- I loved the human interaction elements but I hated the science (chemistry etc) but that shows I should have taken the BA, not the BSc personally. Only you will know which parts of psychology you enjoy. Ironically, although I am not a maths geek, I loved the statistical analysis that I studied in psychology and that has been so useful throughout my career. So you need to look carefully at the different courses offered and the modules available- they can really make a difference to how well you will do. Also with Psychology, you should look at the career options from it- it is quite wide but carefully consider what you would like to do and plan your career route; not just the exciting energetic job that you will have when you first leave uni but also the job you think you might want to slow down into as you hit your 50's! Your degree will be worth more to you if you consider this.

Secondly, I decided to career change and become a lawyer (things that I saw in my first career motivated this). I find law fascinating. I thought I would only find Human Rights and Family law fascinating but I have loved it all. It made me realise that it is the level of challenge and detail that I thrive in (my enjoyment of statistics was probably an early indicator of that thinking, although sadly I don't use that quite as much now). Every aspect of life is touched by law so you can literally specialise in any area.

Consequently, it also demonstrates that if you do take psychology and change your mind, you can do! However, I have to say, that my psychology study methods have been very handy for my research project in law!

To help you make up your mind, you should read some articles in the areas you are slightly interested in, and if you find yourself becoming excited or intrigued by them and you want to learn more- that is the area that you should consider! And if you can't decide choose both- ULaw do a Law with criminology course as well as a Law with criminal justice course! (https://www.law.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/) Just go and check out every university, every course, every country that you can- there is so much choice!

As long as you enjoy it, you won't regret it- just remember to think long term and that helps!

Best of Luck!

Nic
Student Ambassador at University of Law
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