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Should I do A-level Law?

A-level Law textbookIs taking Law at A-level useful preparation or a waste of time? Get the facts here...

Will it help me get into uni?

It seems like common sense that studying Law before you go to university should give you an advantage, but many people believe that it could actually harm your chances. In fact, the truth is somewhere in between.

At most universities, Law is a perfectly acceptable A-level: it will improve your application and count towards your offers. But it's unlikely to help you to get a place on a university Law course, as most universities treat it the same as any other A-level.

Just take a look at these quotes from Law faculty websites:

"We treat Law in the same way as any other subject.We have no preference either way. It is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage." (Warwick)

"We accept A-level Law on par with other A levels." (Lancaster)

"No A-level subject is considered any more or less important than any other. A-level Law is acceptable, but does not confer any advantage in the admissions process." (Bristol)

On the other hand, the London School of Economics puts Law on its list of "non-preferred subjects", along with Accounting, Drama, Media Studies and others. This doesn't mean that it won't count, but they recommend that you should take at least two A-levels that are not on this list if you want to apply to study any subject at LSE.

What else could the Law A-level do for me?

Taking Law at A-level could give you a head start on some of the skills and knowledge you'll need at university. For example, you'll get used to learning the details of cases, and you'll know detail about some elements of the Law that might come in handy later.

However, you shouldn't expect an easy ride just because you've taken the A-level. Many university Law tutors say that students who took Law at A-level don't normally do any better than those who took other subjects. Some even warn that you might have to "unlearn" some of what you studied at A-level to understand the added complexity at university.

Taking the A-level is also a chance to get a taste of Law before you set off on a degree.

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