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Law or Political Science?

I am a junior in high school. I am not sure whether to study law or political science in college, although at first, I was sure of political science. I am interested in both but I don't know how to decide since I have heard multiple things about each.

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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Tasneem,

You should be able to study both political science and law. (The academic levels may be different in Egypt than the US, so you will want to check the university you plan to attend.) Typically, law school is a graduate-level program that requires students to earn an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree first. Many undergraduate students who plan to attend law school major in Political Science, as the coursework is complementary to what you will study in law school.

I hope this helps. Good luck to you!
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Sundar’s Answer

A law degree will be easier to generate income with, and can help you to get business experience while you determine what career path you wish to ultimately choose. Although a student may graduate in a specific subject, their ultimate career is often in a different space. For example, lawyers can end up as politicians, bankers or business leaders. Having said that, all education adds value to you as a person and as a professional.

Sundar recommends the following next steps:

Suggest speaking to a career counsellor in your university also
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Kristin’s Answer

I had a similar experience in undergrad deciding between majoring in education or political science. Ultimately, it was helpful for me to choose the major that was a bit more general, which for me was political science. I could take classes about education and politics as a Poly Sci major, but I couldn't take politics classes as an education major. Try to select the option that gives you some flexibility and keeps your options open; you can always decide to narrow your focus down the road.
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Yona’s Answer

Hi! I also had the same predicament, but eventually chose Political Science as a major and took it up until postgraduate level. There are many things you would need to look into, though. Firstly, see which career paths you would like to go into and how either politics or law could fit into them. Also, look at prospective universities - both local and international - and see what they have to offer in terms of undergraduate programs. If you have a career guidance counsellor at your school, check in with them for a few sessions to guide you as well. But ultimately, trust what you enjoy. You will find that these two fields are not as separated as you may think, and the one field you don’t pursue now, you will probably be able to go into later on. Good luck! ✨

Yona recommends the following next steps:

Consult a career guidance counsellor at your school
Conduct research on possible career paths
Talk to people in the fields of interest
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