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ACT What Subjects to Take Up for Law School?

Discussion in 'Australian Law Students Forum' started by Keenan, 5 May 2017.

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  1. Keenan

    Keenan Member

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    Hello,

    I am a teen from ACT, and I wish to pursue law in the future. As I am taking IB soon, I wish to know what I should learn in my future years.

    Thank You.

     
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  2. MartyK

    MartyK Well-Known Member

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    I would not ordinarily answer homework questions. You might like to look the prerequisites for admission and studying law at the various universities. I assume you have a careers guidance counsellor at the school? They may be able to offer you some guidance. Depending on the university in which you intend to apply, there could be additional requirements, to academic results.
     
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  3. Iamthelaw

    Iamthelaw Well-Known Member

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    Like @MartyK has said, you should look at the prerequisites to the various institutions you're interested in attending, as well as seeking advice from career counselor at your school. From memory, at least at Universities in Melbourne there weren't any strict prerequisites, only your overall score or a certain score in English, perhaps that's changed. I know that the University of Melbourne moved away from offering an undergraduate degree around 2005 and only offers a postgraduate entry Juris Doctor degree.

    Also why are you taking IB and not the VCE equivalent in ACT?
     
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    Having taught thousands of students, I've noticed that those with strong backgrounds in philosophy tend to do very well. That got me thinking about that correlation. I believe that those with a philosophy background do better in law school because that discipline forces people to think, versus most other classes where you are required to memorize information.
     
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    qarmatian Well-Known Member

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    Law doesn't have prerequisites because the entry mark is so high and it doesn't require maths.

    After the HSC I was given a scholarship interview with a law firm. They asked me "who's your favourite judge?" and I had no idea. I didn't get the scholarship.

    Moral of the story: if you want to really do well in law, immerse yourself in it now. Read books by famous lawyers (eg. Geoffrey Robertson, who writes for non-lawyers), judges (like Michael Kirby), trials (eg. the Anita Cobby trial), cases (eg. Mabo), Australian legal history, legal philosophy, whatever about law interests you. There are lots of free law journal articles online, just type a subject and there'll be an article on it. I also suggest buying some cheap second-hand law textbooks from second-hand bookshops and learning them already. In university you're thrown in the deep-end with lots of textboks and lots of pages to read and with noone to hold your hand to ask if you understand it or even help you understand it. That's what makes law, and university in general, so much more difficult than high school.

    Austlii.edu.au has real legal cases. They're very difficult to understand but give it a go because even if you don't understand most of it you'll start asking yourself questions of what this and that means, and if you're lucky you'll find someone to give you answers. Austlii also has lots of law journal articles.
     
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