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  • A Level Law isn't a soft option

    I was very disappointed to read, "Contrary to popular belief, some undergraduate law schools do not look favourably on A-Level Law, while some schools have actively avoided taking on students who have one."

    I believe that this statement is very misleading and has probably upset, unnecessarily, students who have just embarked on an A-Level law course. To my knowledge there are very few law schools, if any, who would turn down a student who had studied A-Level law. A couple that I know of (LSE and Manchester) have law on their "less preferred" list, which means it would have to be accompanied by two subjects which were not on this list. Other than that, I know of no university that says in its prospectus that a candidate with law A-Level would not be acceptable.

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  • A Level law IS a soft option

    I am responding to the above comment. I am a former school teacher turned lawyer.

    School teachers of soft subjects and exam boards need to stop trying to fool students that all A-levels are veiwed equally. These people do so for purely selfish reasons to justify their own position and to bulk out the numbers of students taking their subject.

    Disadvantaged schools encourage able students to do these subjects in order to manipulate their own statistics. They know that there is a higher chance of them getting the top grades in 'soft' subjects and this looks better during inspections from the Local Authority and Ofsted.

    There are many able students who have been short changed by their schools because they have not been told the facts of university entrance process. My advice to any aspiring law student who wants to get into a top university is to do traditional subjects at A-level. Universities see these as giving a far more rigorous academic examination than the likes of A-level Law, Media Studies etc.

    Anybody who does not accept this or tells school kids otherwise is either misinformed, deluded or doing so for purely selfish reasons.

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  • I am hoping to do law in university and i am just wondering what sort of subjects should i be taking?. I was thinking of taking Geography, IT, Business and Mathematics for a level. woud by takig these subjects put me at a disadvantage from other candidates?

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  • Anon 22-Jun -
    I think that you should maybe re-think IT and business and switch these to a language A-level or even a science? Although the legal profession has become increasingly flexible to other subjects it does still seem to have a preference to 'traditional' subjects. Remember that your A-levels and resulting grades will initially be used to filter your training contract application out from the rest. You need to make sure that not only you choose the right subjects but attain good grades too - good luck!

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  • Anon 22-Jun -

    I think that you should maybe re-think IT and business and switch these to a language A-level or even a science? Although the legal profession has become increasingly flexible to other subjects it does still seem to have a preference to 'traditional' subjects. Remember that your A-levels and resulting grades will initially be used to filter your training contract application out from the rest. You need to make sure that not only you choose the right subjects but attain good grades too - good luck!

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  • I would very much like to study Law at University.

    For my A Levels I have chosen: History, English Lit, Physics, Maths (with the hope of also taking further maths), are these the ideal choices that prospective Universities would like to see?

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  • Hi everyone
    I'm taking A-Level Law with the hope of studying it at Uni. My Law teacher assured us that universities love A-Level Law and that none of the students have met any obstacles with it. Besides, I do not think it's a soft option. In the past, I may have taken soft subjects - i.e. media and sociology - but this means in sixth form I am able to differentiate between soft and serious subjects. I chose Law because I know it would be a serious subject. My school has been judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted several times - are they encouraging me to take the subject purely for 'selfish' reasons? I think not.

    Therefore, in response to 22 Jun comment - take that, Mr. Law-is-a-soft-option

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  • In response to the people looking for advice on A-level choices: it's critical to get excellent grades, and the best chance of doing so is to do the subjects you like the most.. However, I would be cautious of an IT and business studies combo. One of them is fine, if your other choices are more 'traditional'. Remember that the vast majority of admissions tutors will not have done non-trad A-levels...

    Regarding A-level Law, make sure you check the admissions criteria of the 10 or so Unis you're interested in before starting your A-levels. Check the prospectus and if in doubt call the Uni's admissions team to ask about their policy. I don't think it's a soft option as such, and students shouldn't be punished for taking a subject on the advice of their teachers. But it genuinely doesn't give new law undergrads a real advantage when starting their courses. If anything, it can prove to be a disadvantage with students who are too used to being spoon-fed material & don't focus on independent study / research.

    Be savvy whatever you choose!

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  • I'm a school student in Glasgow and I want to study law at university. I think I am capable of getting into Oxford but would like more information about whether having an Oxford degree would lead to better jobs than, say, a degree from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

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  • I am 23 and looking to start a degree in law However my path would not be described as 'normal' and am currently due to finish my HNC in building services engineering next summer with potential of gaining double distinction. The problem or worry I have is that this will not be enough to gain entry to start a law degree? can anyone offer some advice or views any would be appreciated?

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