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I dont know what course to do for university.

I have to write my personal statement and pick a course during this half term, but I have no idea on what course to pick. I have always wanted to go into law but im not confident in myself to get the grades and sit the lnat as I have always wanted to go to ucl (which requires the lnat) looking at the modules for law I realised im not going to enjoy it until the 3rd year for most unis, I have also picked up an interest in Politics and International relations but I'm still unsure of which course to pick as I am scared of making the wrong decision can someone please help me. I want to be a lawyer but I also want to do a job where I can be involved with human rights and help people around the world.
Original post by annaie123
I have to write my personal statement and pick a course during this half term, but I have no idea on what course to pick. I have always wanted to go into law but im not confident in myself to get the grades and sit the lnat as I have always wanted to go to ucl (which requires the lnat) looking at the modules for law I realised im not going to enjoy it until the 3rd year for most unis, I have also picked up an interest in Politics and International relations but I'm still unsure of which course to pick as I am scared of making the wrong decision can someone please help me. I want to be a lawyer but I also want to do a job where I can be involved with human rights and help people around the world.


Have you looked at degrees like Exeter's flexible combined honours? https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/flexible/

Alternatively get some work experience and take a gap year.

Put your A levels into here - it might give you some ideas: https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/a-level-explorer
Plan a gap year.
Get a job - any job - earn some cash and then do some travel (https://www.keadventure.com, https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/gap-year/summer-camp-jobs-in-the-usa etc) and think about what you want to do next - and why.
Nowhere does it say you can only go to Uni straight from school. Time to think is always valuable.

Good careers site with lots of job profiles/careers - https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles
Not Going to Uni - https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/
Original post by annaie123
I have to write my personal statement and pick a course during this half term, but I have no idea on what course to pick. I have always wanted to go into law but im not confident in myself to get the grades and sit the lnat as I have always wanted to go to ucl (which requires the lnat) looking at the modules for law I realised im not going to enjoy it until the 3rd year for most unis, I have also picked up an interest in Politics and International relations but I'm still unsure of which course to pick as I am scared of making the wrong decision can someone please help me. I want to be a lawyer but I also want to do a job where I can be involved with human rights and help people around the world.

You can be a lawyer with any degree. Nowadays many lawyers even state that law degrees are more pointless in the sense that the law is always changing - and the skills are arguably less transferable than If you were to study history for example.
Don’t feel like you need to restrict yourself if you won’t enjoy the law modules, it’s perfectly ok to change your path as it can still lead to the same destination :smile:
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Original post by annaie123
I have to write my personal statement and pick a course during this half term, but I have no idea on what course to pick. I have always wanted to go into law but im not confident in myself to get the grades and sit the lnat as I have always wanted to go to ucl (which requires the lnat) looking at the modules for law I realised im not going to enjoy it until the 3rd year for most unis, I have also picked up an interest in Politics and International relations but I'm still unsure of which course to pick as I am scared of making the wrong decision can someone please help me. I want to be a lawyer but I also want to do a job where I can be involved with human rights and help people around the world.

Hey @annaie123,

First of all, it's actually pretty normal to not be sure what you want to do - as universities, we hear that time and time again.

Like people have said, taking a gap year could be a good option - it would give you a chance to get some work experience and work out what's important for you.

You mentioned in your post that you wouldn't enjoy the course at most universities - are there some that you would enjoy it at? Checking modules and course structure is a really good place to start, and it's a good way of narrowing down where you might be happy studying. As mentioned above, you could also look at doing a joint honors degree - combinations like Criminology and Law are quite common!

I'd also recommend perhaps going to some open days - go to some different subject talks and work out which one ignites your passion and interest! As mentioned above, you can become a lawyer without a law degree, but you might need to some sort of conversion before taking the relevant exams (you can find out more about that here: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/job-sectors/law-sector/how-to-become-a-lawyer)

If you do make your choices, and change your mind before next year, you could decide later on to take a year out - or you could look to go through clearing - so there are still plenty of options available to you :smile:

I hope this helps - good luck with it all,

Rowan
- University of Salford Rep
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Original post by annaie123
I have to write my personal statement and pick a course during this half term, but I have no idea on what course to pick. I have always wanted to go into law but im not confident in myself to get the grades and sit the lnat as I have always wanted to go to ucl (which requires the lnat) looking at the modules for law I realised im not going to enjoy it until the 3rd year for most unis, I have also picked up an interest in Politics and International relations but I'm still unsure of which course to pick as I am scared of making the wrong decision can someone please help me. I want to be a lawyer but I also want to do a job where I can be involved with human rights and help people around the world.

If you’re interested in human rights or social justice in law, there are lots of activities in UCL’s Centre for Access to Justice and pro bono committees that you can do in your first year. (I went there and thoroughly enjoyed it).

Similarly, most law schools will have extra curriculars in human rights before your third year.

Finally, human rights overlaps with a number of other modules that you will likely study early in your degree, such as public or criminal law.

Hope this helps.

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