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I'm currently doing biology, chemistry and maths in my a-levels, but I want to do law in the future. How can I join these two diverse fields to make an attractive personal statement?

I'm average in my grades, I got 8 A*s in my gcse's and about to give my AS level boards in the feb march session. I, personally, do not like any of the subjects I do, ive never found a passion in studies but I believe law is a suitable course for me as I like to think of loopholes and interpret complex situations. #law #science #college #lawyer

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Becky’s Answer

Hi Manya, congratulations on your GCSEs and I think you're doing good A Levels to keep your options open.

As far as your personal statement is concerned, I don't think there is a need to join the subjects up. Instead, try to think about the skills you have gained from each of them and how that helped you decide that Law is the right path for you. The things you enjoy (looking for loopholes, interpreting complex situations) are great skills for a lawyer to have. Your subjects will also all give you transferrable skills: they are all about the application of a system / set of rules to different practical scenarios.... that is something most lawyers deal with on a daily basis.

I had originally wanted to be a doctor (I did Biology, Chemistry and History A Levels), I deferred my place for a year and decided I didn't want to be a medic during my gap year. I went on to read History and only decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was at uni. I felt really worried that I would get asked about whether I had planned to be a doctor and had changed my mind, because my A levels were typical for a potential medic. I actually did get that question once and answered honestly: I think the firm appreciated that because I was offered a training contract there!

I hope that helps, best wishes for the future.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! Your comment really cleared some things up and now I feel more confident choosing this stream. manya
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Meraf’s Answer

Hi Manya,

To answer your question there are a multitude of jobs and career paths that actually incorporate elements of both medicine/ stem degrees with law. Given your great academic standing, there are many doors and options available to you. I urge to to find which elements of law and which elements of science you like because this can help you deduce a double degree as well as career path tailored to what you enjoy. For example if you enjoy the crime scene investigation portion of law studies and microbiology, then you might consider a career in forensic pathology or forensic psychology.
Other jobs involving both fields include:
- Forensic Nursing
- Medical Legal advisor

If you realize that the sciences are completely not tailored to your liking and want to pursue law, you can explain in your personal statement how your science and math based knowledge demonstrates you ability to thing critically and analytically which are often skills that have a heavy influence in law. Additionally, you can mention exactly why you would like to solely pursue law and what your previous teachings have taught you to bring you to the realization of why you want to continue law. A strong personal statement, from my experience is one that is clear, shows true intent/ interest as well as demonstrates uniqueness (personal to you and your experience/ what drives you).
I hope this helps, if you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out!
Thank you comment icon Thank you! you have actually helped clear many doubts I had and combining the two courses certainly seems like a good option. manya
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Abi’s Answer

In order to provide an optimal answer, I must ask: what elements about law are you drawn to?
Thank you comment icon I will admit, when I first started considering law it was as a last resort, I didn't like sciences enough to pursue them and the only joy I got was when I read books and wrote essays or stories. I soon realised writing and reading were vital parts of studying law and I was intrigued. as I read more and more about law and its modules I was drawn in by the complexity of every situations, having to think of both sides of an argument, of persuading a third party and thinking about what is morally and ethically correct while also considering the aspect of practicality. manya
Thank you comment icon I actually read justice by Michael Sandel to help get a clearer answer and found that I enjoyed the book immensely. reading about how different people have different opinions and facts about one situation interested me and made me want to list out the opinions and facts and analyse everything. manya
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