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Hey really random question although perhaps there are others in the same predicament. Ive had my heart set on studying medicine since yeat 11, and have taken a-levels that would best fascilitate that - as well as completing an EPQ on a medical topic. I've attended many online lectures about getting into med, chemical engineering, and new medical advancements in sectors like microbiology. I have put lots into the medical application process with my subjects, supercurriculars etc. Recently i've been looking into law as it's always something ive been interested in and I'm really struggling to decide. I love helping people and biology so medicine seems like a good fit for me, however I also enjoy debating in school and legal proceedings (as well as the much higher slaries). What do I do ? Do i go for med and regeret not doing law, and take the far lower wages. Or go for law and miss what I enjoy learning about most. I've looked into it and some people recomened taking the alevels you want and doing an undergrad in the course of your choice, and then do a conversion year post graduate going into law. This would then mean I'd have a medical degree and a law degree, would that work? Would I then be able to practice medical law? Any help / opinions / suggestions welcomed.
*If I am interested in doing med then law, would I have to be doing work experience for BOTH now in year 12 ?

Current Year 12 student in South London, taking Biology, chemistry, business, and geography for AS level - and then dropping geography for a-level. Also completed an EPQ on a medical topic.
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Original post by JackNolan26
Hey really random question although perhaps there are others in the same predicament. Ive had my heart set on studying medicine since yeat 11, and have taken a-levels that would best fascilitate that - as well as completing an EPQ on a medical topic. I've attended many online lectures about getting into med, chemical engineering, and new medical advancements in sectors like microbiology. I have put lots into the medical application process with my subjects, supercurriculars etc. Recently i've been looking into law as it's always something ive been interested in and I'm really struggling to decide. I love helping people and biology so medicine seems like a good fit for me, however I also enjoy debating in school and legal proceedings (as well as the much higher slaries). What do I do ? Do i go for med and regeret not doing law, and take the far lower wages. Or go for law and miss what I enjoy learning about most. I've looked into it and some people recomened taking the alevels you want and doing an undergrad in the course of your choice, and then do a conversion year post graduate going into law. This would then mean I'd have a medical degree and a law degree, would that work? Would I then be able to practice medical law? Any help / opinions / suggestions welcomed.
*If I am interested in doing med then law, would I have to be doing work experience for BOTH now in year 12 ?

Current Year 12 student in South London, taking Biology, chemistry, business, and geography for AS level - and then dropping geography for a-level. Also completed an EPQ on a medical topic.
Hi @JackNolan26,

It is really hard to decide what to do with your career when still in A levels so don't feel that you are alone in this struggle!

The simple answer, is you could change to either career at various points in your life. For example, you could do a law degree and then do a second undergrad degree in medicine if after 3 years you decide you want to train to be a lawyer. Equally, you could do a medicine degree and then convert to law before training to qualify as a lawyer. Either would work, of course, both pathways have the downside of taking many years and incurring a cost as it is difficult to get loans/ grants for second degree.

Having said this, you can get a loan for your first undergrad degree and you can get scholarships for the conversion course (I am less certain on funding for doing a medical degree later on).

I would say, try and get some experience in both fields whilst doing your A levels so that you can work out what feels best for you and what you want to do. Then go with your gut and you can always revaluate and change later πŸ™‚

I hope this helps!

Sophie

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