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Hi, sorry if this question is overasked but I've been quite curious.
When discussing future careers a lot of my friends have pointed me towards law as a suitable choice. It's never crossed my mind before (and I can imagine that'd be end of for many people) but I'd like to know from more experienced people if it would be right for me.

My strengths are definitely essay based subjects like English and History but my current career preference is in Computer Science. Social justice has always interested me and so have politics and debate. I'd be interested if there was any intersection between Law and CS but from this information would it suit my strengths?

I was thinking it could be a back-up option but Law seems like a massive industry to break into with the need for a degree immediately so it'd make no sense having such a strenuous course as back up.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
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Hi, sorry if this question is overasked but I've been quite curious.
When discussing future careers a lot of my friends have pointed me towards law as a suitable choice. It's never crossed my mind before (and I can imagine that'd be end of for many people) but I'd like to know from more experienced people if it would be right for me.

My strengths are definitely essay based subjects like English and History but my current career preference is in Computer Science. Social justice has always interested me and so have politics and debate. I'd be interested if there was any intersection between Law and CS but from this information would it suit my strengths?

I was thinking it could be a back-up option but Law seems like a massive industry to break into with the need for a degree immediately so it'd make no sense having such a strenuous course as back up.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
I think you shouldn't feel too pressured to stick to one career all your life, especially in this current labour market. If Computer Science really has your fancy then you should do it for your undergrad because it would be harder to transition into tech then law. Also, while doing your CS degree you could intern at some law firms, in actual fact law firms value people who come from stem backgrounds especially when it comes to IP / Tech law.
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I think you shouldn't feel too pressured to stick to one career all your life, especially in this current labour market. If Computer Science really has your fancy then you should do it for your undergrad because it would be harder to transition into tech then law. Also, while doing your CS degree you could intern at some law firms, in actual fact law firms value people who come from stem backgrounds especially when it comes to IP / Tech law.
That's a really useful insight, thank you.
Do you think pre-uni work experience is valuable if I were to find some for both CS and Law?
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That's a really useful insight, thank you.
Do you think pre-uni work experience is valuable if I were to find some for both CS and Law?
Of course. It'll help you when you apply to University, as you'll have more to talk about. Also give you a better idea of both fields if you weren't already sure.
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Of course. It'll help you when you apply to University, as you'll have more to talk about. Also give you a better idea of both fields if you weren't already sure.
Noted.
When experiencing what work I'd do in a law firm, would it mostly be administrative work given that it's to do with tech? I am more interested in the courthouse setting than admin work, but am eager to know where CS would lend itself to in a law firm - I thought there were digital matter based courts or something. Forgive me for my ignorance
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Hi, sorry if this question is overasked but I've been quite curious.
When discussing future careers a lot of my friends have pointed me towards law as a suitable choice. It's never crossed my mind before (and I can imagine that'd be end of for many people) but I'd like to know from more experienced people if it would be right for me.

My strengths are definitely essay based subjects like English and History but my current career preference is in Computer Science. Social justice has always interested me and so have politics and debate. I'd be interested if there was any intersection between Law and CS but from this information would it suit my strengths?

I was thinking it could be a back-up option but Law seems like a massive industry to break into with the need for a degree immediately so it'd make no sense having such a strenuous course as back up.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
hey... listen... I would say do what you think is good for you and not what others say to you... the decision you make now about your future can make or ruin your life... SO please do what you want and not want others to want you to do...
at last you have to work and not them...
THAT'S what I think... Rest is up to you
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Noted.
When experiencing what work I'd do in a law firm, would it mostly be administrative work given that it's to do with tech? I am more interested in the courthouse setting than admin work, but am eager to know where CS would lend itself to in a law firm - I thought there were digital matter based courts or something. Forgive me for my ignorance
You can definitely go out and ask if you can shadow people in Courthouses, or just find someone on LinkedIn. As you may already know, networking is key. Aside from that, here's a website that lets you know all the law virtual Programs that takes place. I just scrolled down and found one for Cybersecurity which may interest you: https://www.theforage.com/course-catalog/Law
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Hi, sorry if this question is overasked but I've been quite curious.
When discussing future careers a lot of my friends have pointed me towards law as a suitable choice. It's never crossed my mind before (and I can imagine that'd be end of for many people) but I'd like to know from more experienced people if it would be right for me.

My strengths are definitely essay based subjects like English and History but my current career preference is in Computer Science. Social justice has always interested me and so have politics and debate. I'd be interested if there was any intersection between Law and CS but from this information would it suit my strengths?

I was thinking it could be a back-up option but Law seems like a massive industry to break into with the need for a degree immediately so it'd make no sense having such a strenuous course as back up.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
Hi there

You could potentially study CS at uni and prefer a career in legal tech. It's a booming industry and mainly refers to the use of technology and software to provide legal services and support the legal industry. It's different from tech law, and has more demand for multidisciplinary graduates. I can see York has a module in their CS course which intersects both dimensions: https://www.york.ac.uk/students/stud...00062H/2022-23

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Hi, sorry if this question is overasked but I've been quite curious.
When discussing future careers a lot of my friends have pointed me towards law as a suitable choice. It's never crossed my mind before (and I can imagine that'd be end of for many people) but I'd like to know from more experienced people if it would be right for me.

My strengths are definitely essay based subjects like English and History but my current career preference is in Computer Science. Social justice has always interested me and so have politics and debate. I'd be interested if there was any intersection between Law and CS but from this information would it suit my strengths?

I was thinking it could be a back-up option but Law seems like a massive industry to break into with the need for a degree immediately so it'd make no sense having such a strenuous course as back up.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
There is some intersection between the two but a lot of it is mundane. It may literally involve updating a single clause across thousands of contracts for a banking institution. Or organising and labelling lots of random documents ahead of a big trial. Not exactly the most innovative stuff. I'm sure that there are uses within the legal sector for more advanced/high-end coding but that would be pure 'CS', you wouldn't need to study any law for that.

More importantly, salaries in lawtech startups remain far lower than those in either private practice or even some in-house roles - assuming that you're specialising in commercial law, of course. Clearly being a decent commercial lawyer is a bit more valuable than being a two-bit coder or product manager, which are jobs that literally anyone can do.
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Hi, sorry if this question is overasked but I've been quite curious.
When discussing future careers a lot of my friends have pointed me towards law as a suitable choice. It's never crossed my mind before (and I can imagine that'd be end of for many people) but I'd like to know from more experienced people if it would be right for me.

My strengths are definitely essay based subjects like English and History but my current career preference is in Computer Science. Social justice has always interested me and so have politics and debate. I'd be interested if there was any intersection between Law and CS but from this information would it suit my strengths?

I was thinking it could be a back-up option but Law seems like a massive industry to break into with the need for a degree immediately so it'd make no sense having such a strenuous course as back up.

Thank you in advance for your help!!
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