What do I study at university?

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I've wanted to study law at university for a long time, but recently I'm having doubts.

I know I want to become a solicitor and am aware that in order to do so there is no requirement to study law at university -- although it is highly recommended as a 'fast-track' of sorts into the legal field.

I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to study politics or international relations as an undergraduate and then move on to study law postgraduate? Assuming time and money are not of the essence.

I just want a general view of this, would this be futile, a waste of time, or would it be helpful?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.
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(Original post by userdeivon)
I apologise if this is in the wrong forum, I don’t know where else to post this.

For a long time, I’ve always wanted to study Law at university — but recently I’m not so sure.

I know I want to become a solicitor and I am aware that in order to do so there is no requirement to study it at university. However, I still have a desire to do so.

I’m wondering if it would be a good idea to study Politics or International Relations as an undergraduate and then move on to study Law postgraduate?

The university I plan on attending (King’s College London) doesn’t offer both degrees together.

Would this be futile, a waste of time, or would it be recommend and helpful?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you.
hi, any particular reason ure unsure of studying law at uni despite wanting to become a solicitor? although ur said alternative courses wld help u gain a general knowledge of the law, I think it would be more advantageous to take the llb course in uni as it is a quicker route, llb degree is widely accepted/respected across almost every careers, would give u direct legal networking opportunities, etc. ofc it is still up to u but, this is j my advice. hope it helps!
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(Original post by userdeivon)
I apologise if this is in the wrong forum, I don’t know where else to post this.

For a long time, I’ve always wanted to study Law at university — but recently I’m not so sure.

I know I want to become a solicitor and I am aware that in order to do so there is no requirement to study it at university. However, I still have a desire to do so.

I’m wondering if it would be a good idea to study Politics or International Relations as an undergraduate and then move on to study Law postgraduate?

The university I plan on attending (King’s College London) doesn’t offer both degrees together.

Would this be futile, a waste of time, or would it be recommend and helpful?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you.
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I was also deciding between these subjects as well at some point. In my opinion, if you know for a fact that you want to be a solicitor then doing law at undergrad makes the most sense. If you're unsure, then whether you take law or politics and IR, you'll have flexible degrees that can take you down different paths.

But, if you're certain you want to be a lawyer, and if you decide to specialise your area of law into, say, international law or EU law for example, then you could do IR for postgrad, or some combination of the two. The thing is, if you're not looking to specialise and simply want to go straight to the English courts then politics and IR may not be something you need, so you may as well cut out the extra year of studying and financing another degree.

Basically, I would suggest that you decide on the kind of lawyer you wish to be, and plan the most direct route there. Hope this helps and all the best!

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why do you want to study law at uni? why are you having second thoughts on doing an LLB?

only choose the LLB if you are passionate about academic law cuz otherwise you might hate those three years of hard work. la politics degree or international relations degree is way easier to get a first class degree.

you don't need the LLM unless again you're passionate about academic law but not sure you are otherwise you'd be set on the LLB?
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(Original post by userdeivon)
I apologise if this is in the wrong forum, I don’t know where else to post this.

For a long time, I’ve always wanted to study Law at university — but recently I’m not so sure.

I know I want to become a solicitor and I am aware that in order to do so there is no requirement to study it at university. However, I still have a desire to do so.

I’m wondering if it would be a good idea to study Politics or International Relations as an undergraduate and then move on to study Law postgraduate?

The university I plan on attending (King’s College London) doesn’t offer both degrees together.

Would this be futile, a waste of time, or would it be recommend and helpful?

Any and all advice would be much appreciated.

Thank you.
3rd year law student here, I’d study law. More so because when doing the LPC or SQE, having an understanding of law will be really helpful and you’ll thank yourself.
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