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requirements for going into law

what’s the typical grades needed to take the law route in university? and what a levels are needed? i currently take physics, english lang + lit, and computer science, target grades A*AB. i would like to become a barrister that specialises in international relations and human rights! i’ve just started sixth form. any tips on what to take on/what to do to make a good law student application? not looking for the typical comments “law is harder to get into”/“you need high grades”/“law is competitive” talk as i’m aware of this, thanks!
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Original post by ilovecats1969
what’s the typical grades needed to take the law route in university? and what a levels are needed? i currently take physics, english lang + lit, and computer science, target grades A*AB. i would like to become a barrister that specialises in international relations and human rights! i’ve just started sixth form. any tips on what to take on/what to do to make a good law student application? not looking for the typical comments “law is harder to get into”/“you need high grades”/“law is competitive” talk as i’m aware of this, thanks!


maybe try things like model united nations or mock court/trial - if you’re school offers those kinds of things !
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Original post by fefhghjhbdsxcc
maybe try things like model united nations or mock court/trial - if you’re school offers those kinds of things !

great idea, thank you!!
Original post by ilovecats1969
what’s the typical grades needed to take the law route in university? and what a levels are needed? i currently take physics, english lang + lit, and computer science, target grades A*AB. i would like to become a barrister that specialises in international relations and human rights! i’ve just started sixth form. any tips on what to take on/what to do to make a good law student application? not looking for the typical comments “law is harder to get into”/“you need high grades”/“law is competitive” talk as i’m aware of this, thanks!


Hi there, perhaps you could try gaining some work experience, e.g. volunteering at a chamber/ shadowing a barrister/ or attending court hearings? Remember to reflect and note down what you have done during these opportunities so you can reflect on them when writing your PS.

Hope this helps.
Chloe :smile:
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Original post by University of Kent
Hi there, perhaps you could try gaining some work experience, e.g. volunteering at a chamber/ shadowing a barrister/ or attending court hearings? Remember to reflect and note down what you have done during these opportunities so you can reflect on them when writing your PS.

Hope this helps.
Chloe :smile:

thank you!!
Original post by ilovecats1969
what’s the typical grades needed to take the law route in university? and what a levels are needed? i currently take physics, english lang + lit, and computer science, target grades A*AB. i would like to become a barrister that specialises in international relations and human rights! i’ve just started sixth form. any tips on what to take on/what to do to make a good law student application? not looking for the typical comments “law is harder to get into”/“you need high grades”/“law is competitive” talk as i’m aware of this, thanks!

Hi @ilovecats1969,

Typical grades to get into law really depends on the university you wish to apply to. For example, the University of Law require ABB but other unis require A*AA and some require lower. Therefore, it is worth looking at locations and institutions you are interested in to determine what you should be aiming for. In terms of choosing A levels, I don't believe any uni requires certain A Levels so it is best to do what you enjoy as this will help you to get marks that reflect your best ability! Lots of people draw comparisons between English as a subject and law because of the requirement to write essays and form critical arguments (I did a Eng Lit undergrad before converting to law). However, in reality, it doesn't matter and you can easily not have these skills and have done this A level or have them and have not done so I still recommend just doing what you prefer and the good grades will follow :smile:

Other than grades, I would recommend looking into doing some work experience (have a look if any chambers take on individuals that are under the age of 18 and yet to do university). Unfortunately, most chambers are unlikely to offer actual work experience but they may put on outreach programmes to people at your stage which would be good to go along to so you can see what it is really about. Or, you could look at other forms of work experience or advocacy related skills such as debating or LAMDA as all of these prove useful to show experience in when it comes to applications.

I hope this helps and good luck :smile:

Sophie

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