Should I study a law degree or philosophy degree with ambitions to go into Soliciting

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tommadden
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I am a year 13 student, currently bending my mind over the UCAS applications. Whilst writing my personal statement, I have been advised to choose one course, not two nor two different courses.
I wanted to study the science of Biology at university, but have overall concluded that I should perceive a law career, with a stark interest in debating and the understanding of alternative opinions which differ to that of my own.

As mentioned above, I am trying to think about my future; the career I want to undertake and whether it is a sensible dedication of my time. I'm studying English Lit. (A-Level), Mathematics (A-Level) and Biology (A-Level). With an EPQ on the title, "Is the UK's current stance on 'right to die' hypocritical" where I delved into the realm of moral ethics and bioethical topics -summing my interests together in one project. I have looked at Universities' undergraduate degrees such as Biological sciences or Law but with statistics suggesting that being a lawyer is a difficult and competitive career choice, I fear that my chances of success are mere and small.

Any advice or links to blogs which may ease the choice of possible degrees are much appreciated
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You don't need either degree to sell your body 😂
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you know that you can become a solicitor with a biology degree, right? i'm a bit confused tho; 'debating' has nothing to do with studying a law degree nor has anything to do with working as a solicitor. lawyering is an office job: filing applications, going through legal procedure. it's very systematic and literally no debating so you may find it incredibly boring. or have i misunderstood you?
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(Original post by Joleee)
you know that you can become a solicitor with a biology degree, right? i'm a bit confused tho; 'debating' has nothing to do with studying a law degree nor has anything to do with working as a solicitor. lawyering is an office job: filing applications, going through legal procedure. it's very systematic and literally no debating so you may find it incredibly boring. or have i misunderstood you?
No you haven't misunderstood! I was suggested law by multiple people about debating and so shares your confusion. I'm having a career talk with some solicitors so hopefully it'll help
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The "debating" angle probably comes more from the perception of the work barristers do, which is wholly separate to the work solicitors do. However I gather even characterizing the advocacy barristers do as "debating" or comparing it to that is somewhat reductive and inaccurate so....

In any case you can become a solicitor or barrister with any first degree, either doing the SQE (solicitors) or a GDL course (barristers). If you aren't 100% convinced by law doing another degree first and then getting work experience (vacation schemes or mini pupillages) during your degree would be the best option. Besides which, having a scientific degree might be a small asset in some areas of law (although I think this is overblown sometimes on TSR).
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