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Gosh I don’t even know where to start, but I REALLY need help. I blame all of this on my anxiety (
Basically, at first in Y13 i applied for Criminology @ uni, then a week after Results Day, I changed my mind to Forensic Psychology @ uni and then I also had to take a gap year due to some other personal reasons. So i currently hold a place to do Forensic Psychology @ uni this September.

However, when I began Y12 I planned to do law @ uni, but that time my anxiety was TERRIBLE compared to now and I had no one to reassure me on my worries. That caused me to fill my brain with many un motivating negative things making me think that I’ll never be good enough & do good at a law degree, like I don’t trust myself.

I’m terrible at making decisions because i don’t know trust myself that I’ll make a good decision for my future.

Also, this was 3 years ago, but i failed GCSE History which had a lot of reading, memorising & essays. That says something, right? I just want to cry so much, i don’t know where I’m going with life. Does it show that I won’t do good at a law degree and I even very very rarely read. And essays, I’ve very rarely had to do them so uh i don’t know i Just need advice/reassurance. In 6th form I did BTEC courses, but I meet the entry requirements for the law course.

I just don’t trust myself that I’ll do good at it like what if I struggle. I’m even really scared to post this incase someone says something that worries me even more because i overthink everything so much.

Lol I’m scared to ask this, but do you recon I’ll do good? because i don’t believe in myself

I have even worried about if I eventually become a solicitor would I know what to do, what if I do something wrong, what if I give the wrong advice to clients and so many other worries lol, but I’m trying not to pay to much attention to that. I even think will I know what to do like what laws, but then I’d obviously know since I’ll be a qualified solicitor. Please help !!
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(Original post by idkwhatnametouse)
Gosh I don’t even know where to start, but I REALLY need help. I blame all of this on my anxiety (
Basically, at first in Y13 i applied for Criminology @ uni, then a week after Results Day, I changed my mind to Forensic Psychology @ uni and then I also had to take a gap year due to some other personal reasons. So i currently hold a place to do Forensic Psychology @ uni this September.

However, when I began Y12 I planned to do law @ uni, but that time my anxiety was TERRIBLE compared to now and I had no one to reassure me on my worries. That caused me to fill my brain with many un motivating negative things making me think that I’ll never be good enough & do good at a law degree, like I don’t trust myself.

I’m terrible at making decisions because i don’t know trust myself that I’ll make a good decision for my future.

Also, this was 3 years ago, but i failed GCSE History which had a lot of reading, memorising & essays. That says something, right? I just want to cry so much, i don’t know where I’m going with life. Does it show that I won’t do good at a law degree and I even very very rarely read. And essays, I’ve very rarely had to do them so uh i don’t know i Just need advice/reassurance. In 6th form I did BTEC courses, but I meet the entry requirements for the law course.

I just don’t trust myself that I’ll do good at it like what if I struggle. I’m even really scared to post this incase someone says something that worries me even more because i overthink everything so much.

Lol I’m scared to ask this, but do you recon I’ll do good? because i don’t believe in myself

I have even worried about if I eventually become a solicitor would I know what to do, what if I do something wrong, what if I give the wrong advice to clients and so many other worries lol, but I’m trying not to pay to much attention to that. I even think will I know what to do like what laws, but then I’d obviously know since I’ll be a qualified solicitor. Please help !!
Wow okay, I think you're being your own worst enemy at the moment. You need to give yourself a break and stop assuming that you are going to screw everything up because you're causing yourself unneeded worries. I have been here before and the best advice I can give you is to study what you know you will enjoy and live your life in the present. If you decide to take a different subject to law at university but then decide you want to have a career in the law sector then there is always law conversion courses to do later on. You will be fine in whatever you choose as long as you put the work in and attend all your lectures and seminars. It also really helps if you have a genuine passion for what you are studying. Start believing in yourself, you might have to build the trust up with yourself bit by bit but it will be so beneficial! If you don't even believe in yourself, who will? You have no reason to doubt yourself xx
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you don't sound like you'd make it alive out of the degree. let alone go through the process of getting a job. maybe find something else. you're setting yourself up to fail.
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you don't sound like you'd make it alive out of the degree. let alone go through the process of getting a job. maybe find something else. you're setting yourself up to fail.
I don’t get what you mean by I’m setting myself up to fail? (I don’t mean to be rude btw)
Also, something else like what?
I’m so stressed
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I don’t get what you mean by I’m setting myself up to fail? (I don’t mean to be rude btw)
Also, something else like what?
I’m so stressed
you know you have these issues. and yet you're letting yourself start what is a long and stressful journey without having addressed them first. have you spoken to anyone like a specialist who can help. imagine if you feel like this now how you'll feel before your first interview or first year exam. you'll be a mess.
i can't make career decisions for you, sorry.
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you 'very very rarely read' - honestly that is enough information to tell me don't do a law degree as you will be completely miserable with your life if you don't enjoy it and are not good at reading. like, there is a reason that law is famous for the amount of reading it requires, cuz you gotta read long-ass judgments, long-ass journal articles, textbooks, Hansard, government and parliamentary reports to name a few, assuming you want a 2:1 at a semi decent uni.

this is besides the fact you've already convinced yourself you can't do it and you have anxiety and i doubt that feeling will magically disappear when you see the amount of research and reading an LLB requires. honestly, really do apologise i can't be more reassuring or bring better news when i know that's what you want, but this is something that should consider; like you might enjoy the idea of doing a law degree more than actually doing a law degree. there are much easier degrees out there that might suit you better and you don't need an LLB to become a solicitor anyway, so may i ask why academic law for you? have you considered studying a PPL?
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Gosh I don’t even know where to start, but I REALLY need help. I blame all of this on my anxiety (
Basically, at first in Y13 i applied for Criminology @ uni, then a week after Results Day, I changed my mind to Forensic Psychology @ uni and then I also had to take a gap year due to some other personal reasons. So i currently hold a place to do Forensic Psychology @ uni this September.

However, when I began Y12 I planned to do law @ uni, but that time my anxiety was TERRIBLE compared to now and I had no one to reassure me on my worries. That caused me to fill my brain with many un motivating negative things making me think that I’ll never be good enough & do good at a law degree, like I don’t trust myself.

I’m terrible at making decisions because i don’t know trust myself that I’ll make a good decision for my future.

Also, this was 3 years ago, but i failed GCSE History which had a lot of reading, memorising & essays. That says something, right? I just want to cry so much, i don’t know where I’m going with life. Does it show that I won’t do good at a law degree and I even very very rarely read. And essays, I’ve very rarely had to do them so uh i don’t know i Just need advice/reassurance. In 6th form I did BTEC courses, but I meet the entry requirements for the law course.

I just don’t trust myself that I’ll do good at it like what if I struggle. I’m even really scared to post this incase someone says something that worries me even more because i overthink everything so much.

Lol I’m scared to ask this, but do you recon I’ll do good? because i don’t believe in myself

I have even worried about if I eventually become a solicitor would I know what to do, what if I do something wrong, what if I give the wrong advice to clients and so many other worries lol, but I’m trying not to pay to much attention to that. I even think will I know what to do like what laws, but then I’d obviously know since I’ll be a qualified solicitor. Please help !!
First know it's a sign of intelligence to question. That's a good thing!

Secondly, anxiety can make you over-think. That sounds like this is what you are doing.

No one starts off being good enough to be a solicitor- we all have to learn and improve to get there.

So the first thing you need to do is to actually work out if that's what you really want- you will only do this by going and trying it out. Have a look at solicitors firms near you and see if you can get some work experience. Give it a try BEFORE you waste 6 years of studying for something.

If you hate, great then you can go and explore other options. If you love it, great then you can work out how to be better.

If you do decide you still want to become a solicitor, there are lots of routes in- perhaps your anxiety is around studying so maybe you should consider an apprenticeship route instead? Have a listen to this: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics...-qualification

Don't let anyone tell you that you are not good enough- just be realistic about HOW YOU BECOME GOOD ENOUGH. Maybe find a mentor who can point you in the right direction?

It's not always easy (in fact it can be very very hard) but there are always ways to get there- some routes are just longer for other people.

From your mature student ambassador who after 20+ years of working elsewhere is now training to be a lawyer.

Good luck with it all!
Nic
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(Original post by idkwhatnametouse)
Gosh I don’t even know where to start, but I REALLY need help. I blame all of this on my anxiety (
Basically, at first in Y13 i applied for Criminology @ uni, then a week after Results Day, I changed my mind to Forensic Psychology @ uni and then I also had to take a gap year due to some other personal reasons. So i currently hold a place to do Forensic Psychology @ uni this September.

However, when I began Y12 I planned to do law @ uni, but that time my anxiety was TERRIBLE compared to now and I had no one to reassure me on my worries. That caused me to fill my brain with many un motivating negative things making me think that I’ll never be good enough & do good at a law degree, like I don’t trust myself.

I’m terrible at making decisions because i don’t know trust myself that I’ll make a good decision for my future.

Also, this was 3 years ago, but i failed GCSE History which had a lot of reading, memorising & essays. That says something, right? I just want to cry so much, i don’t know where I’m going with life. Does it show that I won’t do good at a law degree and I even very very rarely read. And essays, I’ve very rarely had to do them so uh i don’t know i Just need advice/reassurance. In 6th form I did BTEC courses, but I meet the entry requirements for the law course.

I just don’t trust myself that I’ll do good at it like what if I struggle. I’m even really scared to post this incase someone says something that worries me even more because i overthink everything so much.

Lol I’m scared to ask this, but do you recon I’ll do good? because i don’t believe in myself

I have even worried about if I eventually become a solicitor would I know what to do, what if I do something wrong, what if I give the wrong advice to clients and so many other worries lol, but I’m trying not to pay to much attention to that. I even think will I know what to do like what laws, but then I’d obviously know since I’ll be a qualified solicitor. Please help !!
You don't need to study law at university to become a solicitor. I don't think that what you have posted is promising though. What are your grades like? What sort of firms would you like to practice at as a solicitor?

I've met a lot of very anxious law students and trainees who still went on to get amazing grades and seem to be doing fine professionally. However, these people do suffer a lot. It's not easy waking up every day fearing that you haven't gotten a certain grade or that you'll get negative feedback from someone. It's a matter of character and resilience, and I fear that, if GCSEs and A-levels have gotten you in this state, you may not be in the mental position to deal with the demands of balancing your studies with job applications and all the other things law students get up to.
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you 'very very rarely read' - honestly that is enough information to tell me don't do a law degree as you will be completely miserable with your life if you don't enjoy it and are not good at reading. like, there is a reason that law is famous for the amount of reading it requires, cuz you gotta read long-ass judgments, long-ass journal articles, textbooks, Hansard, government and parliamentary reports to name a few, assuming you want a 2:1 at a semi decent uni.

this is besides the fact you've already convinced yourself you can't do it and you have anxiety and i doubt that feeling will magically disappear when you see the amount of research and reading an LLB requires. honestly, really do apologise i can't be more reassuring or bring better news when i know that's what you want, but this is something that should consider; like you might enjoy the idea of doing a law degree more than actually doing a law degree. there are much easier degrees out there that might suit you better and you don't need an LLB to become a solicitor anyway, so may i ask why academic law for you? have you considered studying a PPL?
Most people won’t read at all and will cope fine on a law course
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Reading skill is important if you want to do well. The ability to quickly assimilate dense materials and critically analyse them is vital. Written skills too - there is a reason why they are an integral part of most assessment centres.

A law degree can be rigorous and demanding, but it depends on what you want to get out of the degree - the amount of workload and stress for someone aiming for the top of their year and a low 2:1 will be different. You'll probably be able to graduate (statically speaking), but getting poor uni grades will not make your life easier. Most people I know have struggled with their MH at some point in uni, and they all got through sixth form pretty easily. Like others have said, if you struggled to cope with GCSEs and A levels, then that's telling you something.

These are things you can work on though, and who am I to sit here and tell you whether you can/can't do something. I genuinely think law is a fantastic discipline, but I also want you to realistically acknowledge the incoming struggles you'll probably face. This is not an attempt to make u overthink, but rather to get u to mentally (and academically) prepare for a law degree, and even a career in law, if you do decide to pursue it.

Also, this decision feels quite last min. Maybe do more search? Speak to more law students? Try out some of the first year intro readings?
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Most people won’t read at all and will cope fine on a law course
Agreed with this, though OP doesn't seem to be suited at studying a content-heavy humanity like law or history more broadly.

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Reading skill is important if you want to do well. The ability to quickly assimilate dense materials and critically analyse them is vital. Written skills too - there is a reason why they are an integral part of most assessment centres.

A law degree can be rigorous and demanding, but it depends on what you want to get out of the degree - the amount of workload and stress for someone aiming for the top of their year and a low 2:1 will be different. You'll probably be able to graduate (statically speaking), but getting poor uni grades will not make your life easier. Most people I know have struggled with their MH at some point in uni, and they all got through sixth form pretty easily. Like others have said, if you struggled to cope with GCSEs and A levels, then that's telling you something.

These are things you can work on though, and who am I to sit here and tell you whether you can/can't do something. I genuinely think law is a fantastic discipline, but I also want you to realistically acknowledge the incoming struggles you'll probably face. This is not an attempt to make u overthink, but rather to get u to mentally (and academically) prepare for a law degree, and even a career in law, if you do decide to pursue it.

Also, this decision feels quite last min. Maybe do more search? Speak to more law students? Try out some of the first year intro readings?
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you 'very very rarely read' - honestly that is enough information to tell me don't do a law degree as you will be completely miserable with your life if you don't enjoy it and are not good at reading. like, there is a reason that law is famous for the amount of reading it requires, cuz you gotta read long-ass judgments, long-ass journal articles, textbooks, Hansard, government and parliamentary reports to name a few, assuming you want a 2:1 at a semi decent uni.

this is besides the fact you've already convinced yourself you can't do it and you have anxiety and i doubt that feeling will magically disappear when you see the amount of research and reading an LLB requires. honestly, really do apologise i can't be more reassuring or bring better news when i know that's what you want, but this is something that should consider; like you might enjoy the idea of doing a law degree more than actually doing a law degree. there are much easier degrees out there that might suit you better and you don't need an LLB to become a solicitor anyway, so may i ask why academic law for you? have you considered studying a PPL?
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