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What A-levels do you need to study law?

Budding barrister or solicitor? If you’re thinking of studying a law degree at university, make sure your A-level line-up ticks admissions tutors’ boxes…

Think you have to do A-level law to go on and study a degree in it? Not necessarily. Law is a popular degree that is normally open to you with any A-levels. However, certain A-level choices will help prepare you for law at degree level, and may give you an edge over other applicants.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • None.

 

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Critical thinking may help with the Law National Admissions Test but, to keep your options open, the subject is better done as a fifth AS-level.
  • Essay-based subjects such as history or English will set you in good stead for law at degree level.
  • Many law students take at least one 'facilitating' subject such as a foreign language, maths, science, English, history or geography, which are deemed as good choices for students who want to keep their degree options flexible.

Other typical A-levels taken by current law students

  • Maths.
  • Law.
  • French.
Take a look at individual law courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.

Do note that many degrees will be open to you whichever A-levels you choose. Some courses will be happy with a subject just at AS-level while some courses may want the full A-level, so this is something to check before you finalise your A-level choices in Year 12.

Similar subject areas...

Bear in mind that even similar degree subjects could have slightly different A-level requirements to law, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses.
 

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