I don't have a single friend who did law that doesn't regret it (to the person thinking of applying).
I would never have the restraint in having to make immoral decisions. Seems it happens to a lawyer on an almost daily basis.
I really want to do law, particularly to become a barrister. I have no doubts personally, and appreciate it will be challenging and difficult the only thing is both my parents, solicitors, regret having done Law and are advising me to think of another career path.
I still want to do law, but it does worry me that they are so anti it!! xx
OP you have more than enough time to decide whether you would want to be a solicitor or a barrister.
For me it was a fairly easy decision, one that I made pretty much before I had even decided to apply for law because the whole culture and routine of barristers didn't really appeal to me.
Also, the Bar is very competitive and I still don't think it's an area I'd like to go into particularly because in a way it is easier to become a solicitor than a barrister in terms of the number of pupillages available vs the number of training contracts available.
I did a law degree and was pretty set on being a solicitor until I did my work experience in my 2nd year of uni. I did 1 vacation placement, and 2 mini pupillages.. and the people I met were some of the most stuck up arrogant people I've EVER met in my life.
I decided that working in the legal profession was definitely NOT for me.. at first I thought it was just bad luck on the placement front but then I realised that I actually hated the way lawyers were and acted, I didn't want to become like them.
So now I'm doing a primary PGCE and I've never looked back!!
I wanted to make a difference and work with children, but now I'm doing the same thing.. just a different approach and I'm having much more fun doing it!
i want to do law because i think my personality really fits into it..always questioning..continoulsy over analysisng everythign to the extent of which people get annoyed by me .....lol
I'd like to become a barrister for the variety, excitement, and eventually (if all went well) more money. I think it'd be a fair bit more enjoyable too, but I've only done work experience with solicitors so I can't be sure.
Being a solicitor would offer more stability and assurance of income etc. That's all I know on this topic so far...
I honestly have no idea why I chose Law - I just knew from a very young age that it was what I wanted to study. I've decided to become a solicitor because I prefer the research and reading and paperwork side of law - and, if I'm honest, the prospect of standing up in front of a judge and jury scares the living daylights out of me!!!
I've chosen a Corporate/Commercial Route because I like its structure, the subject matter interests me, and I've always been interested in how the business world works!!! However, I'm hoping to get a Training Contract in a regional firm outside London, because I don't think I could hack life in a London MC firm, nor could I hack living in London for the rest of my life!!!!