Is it true that law firms favour traditional A Levels such as English and History?

I’m trying to decide what A Levels to take at the moment and am finding it really difficult to decide because I don’t know which ones will be best for a career in law. My school doesnt offer law as a subject. I know I definitely want to do History and Spanish. Also, if I only take 3 A levels, will this make a difference when I apply to university and to law firms?


Studying law at university will take some of the research and essay writing skills of arts-based subjects and combine them with a rules-based structure and analysis, which is fundamental to the sciences. Its therefore a discipline that students from a variety of backgrounds will undertake – there isn’t a prescriptive A level choice as there would be if you were studying medicine, for instance. However, law is a very academic degree and often universities will look favourably at candidates who have undertaken “traditional” A levels that are perceived to be more “academic” such as English Literature, History, Maths, Sciences and Languages. You certainly do not need to study law at A Level to study it as a degree. Providing you perform well, taking three A Levels will not disadvantage you in applying to law firms for training contracts. Its much better to perform well in three A Levels than poorly in four.

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