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Is it possible to become a secondary school teacher with a Law degree?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by homtendy, May 2, 2018.

  1. homtendy

    homtendy New commenter

    Hi,

    I am currently looking into the possibility of training as a secondary school teacher but I’m concerned about how feasible it would be given that my undergraduate degree is in Law.

    I do also have a Graduate Certificate in Art History but I doubt that will be of much use either. I have worked in education for roughly 6 years for a private company that taught university taster courses to 15-18 year olds as well as summer courses for 11-14 year olds. So I have a wealth of experience in working with students at secondary school age. Also, as part of my employment, I went into schools providing workshops about Law and Debating skills, so I have experienced a wide range of school environments.

    I would be most interested in teaching History. I have an A at A level in the subject at least and I really do have a knack for picking up subjects very quickly. Is this something that’s possible or would I need a History degree to do this? (I would be open to other subjects as well if History isn’t possible.)

    Any advice/help would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. princesslegend

    princesslegend Occasional commenter

    I have known many teachers who have law degrees. Some even teach A Level law. However, before you go into teaching a subject that isn't your specialty, please take this on board.

    It's bl00dy hard.

    You have a wealth of experience which is fab - education is clearly something you love and are interested in. But it doesn't make up for lack of subject knowledge. I have A Levels in French and History as well as my specialist subject - English. In my second year of teaching, I was timetabled to teach History and it was awful. I, like you, pride myself on picking things up quickly. But, with all the changes, I fear you will find yourself out of your depth, like I did. Even though most lessons were planned for me, I still struggled. Be very careful what you agree to teach.

    Other than that, it sounds like you're good to go! Best of luck to you!
     

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