A-level Law not a "soft" option, claim students

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  • I blame the teachers

    i don't think A Level Law per se is a "soft" option. But I do wonder whether it is being taught properly Dumbing it down runs the risk of making the content inaccuarate.

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  • It is soft

    It must be a soft option because many of my friends took the exam early when they had just finished their GCSEs.

    I think it's unfair for students who have got an A at law to go head-to-head with students who have done harder core subjects.

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  • Get a life

    Law may or may not be a soft option, but what about knowing about things for its own sake, instead of just to try and get rich?

    Law firms, like any other employer, will look for people with rounded personalities. Not people with A-levels in business studies, law and marketing who think they are going to be the next Alan Sugar but are really just ignorant, gel-haired cheeseballs.

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  • Unhelpful

    Reports like this, which discourage students from taking A-level law are really unhelpful. Not all students who study A-level law want to become solicitors and barristers.

    I agree with the first poster - I teach A-level law and am a law graduate but I do know some teachers who haven't studied law at university.

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  • Both Sides

    I took A-level law and can see the advantages and disadvantages of it.

    I did get to University thinking that I knew quite a lot about it already and ended up with a 2:2 in my first year which made me realise that I had to work a lot harder.

    But it did encourage me to take law in the first place and confirmed for me that law was what I wanted to do. I also took the core subjects French, German and English and found that Law was just as difficult as the rest of them. I wouldn't call it 'soft'.

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  • My response...

    The responses of most people are quite narrow minded. While i agree that employers look for well rounded individuals - placing judgement solely on A-levels is, in my opinion, a pointless waste of time.

    Many 16 year olds don't really have any idea what they want to do later on in life, let alone university and so thier A-level choices reflect the subjects that they enjoy or have a genuine interest in.

    Also, LAW IS EVOLVING universities and employers do not want that 'traditional student' any more, they want students with a broad range of skills and the ability to think laterally and this doesn't necessarily come from traditional subjects.

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  • Last post

    Fair enough choose something just because you enjoy it (within reason, PE A-level students...), but who really enjoys law?

    Apart from anything else, few 16 year-olds have ever studied it. And if they did, did they really enjoy it more than reading good books or history, creating art or getting to grips with the laws that govern the universe, not England & Wales (physics). Seems improbable.

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  • Depends WHY you want to do it

    Like some of the other posters have said, there are clearly two sides to this.

    If you are taking A-Level Law because you think it will give you some kind of advantage at degree-level Law, then you're wasting your time. The Law degree has to be accessible to people who haven't studied Law at A-Level in any event, and as other posters have already confirmed, A-Level Law can if anything give you a false sense of "knowing it all already".

    If you're taking A-Level Law because you think it will look good on your CV when you come to look for training contracts/pupilage, you're almost certainly wasting your time.

    On the other hand, if you're taking A-Level Law because you genuinely find it interesting, or perhaps you want to "try before you buy" in terms of what to study at university, then go for it.

    But if you are doing it for those reasons, be prepared for people to say "we would have been more impressed if you'd have studied X instead", which is normally what people say when you study something you find interesting!

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  • A level Law

    It was a soft option 30 years ago, having looked a the paers this years , that is no longer the case. However I am also concerned that the qualit of teaching can be poor, it is not a subject that lends itself to being taught by non law graduates. Nore is it an ideal subject without acess to a good library , on line or otherwise.

    As to dumbing down, at lease it has suffered less than Associaology. I read law as a second degree as a means to an end but found very quickly that it was a fasciating academic subject in its own rightm and subject to the reservations above, it perfectly capable of being a good Alevel Subject.

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  • A Level Law - "soft" or not?

    As the leader of an established Law department in an outer London comprehensive school, with an advanced degree in Law (LLM) and several teaching qualifications, I can confirm that Law is a increasingly popular subject attracting intelligent, motivated young people to the subject and the profession.

    A Level Law is accredited according to national standards and is deemed to be equal in knowledge/content/application with the spectrum of A Levels offered, so I don't see the argument myself. Indeed, I am certain that if Law graduates considered teaching as a profession, we would see an ever increasing rise in the number of pupils choosing Law at A Level - despite the views of some apparently single-minded universities.

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