I think Psychology is a great all-round subject; essay writing, report write-ups, and using statistics are all key elements of a psychology course, but they are also transferable skills on their own. It took me a while to realise that I wanted to study psychology, but I know now how generous the subject also is to other related fields.
If I had £1 for every time someone has asked me if I was reading their thoughts, I would be a rich person! I think Psychology has a reputation as being about what people think, and on some levels it is, but it’s about much more than that. Understandably, how and why people do things is vital to be able to potentially change it or help with it, or at least to understand why people feel and behave in certain ways.
Some law degrees in the UK are combined with psychology and I’ve often wondered why this is, but having studied psychology, and not law, in my opinion it does make sense. From what I know about the law as a member of the public, so on the outside looking in, you are dealing first and foremost with people; what they have done, said, and everything else. A large part of court proceedings involves witnesses; who they are, what they saw, and what they have said. Within our society, everyone interacts with other people, but in the field of law, it is vital to understand the subjects of such important work.
Knowing a little more about people is probably a good thing for those working within the criminal justice system and therefore learning about psychology can only be a good thing in that respect. As well as being able to read and retain a lot of information for cases, I think that the amount of time and dedication needed for a career in law is immense, and I highly commend anyone who works within it.
Has anyone studied law and psychology together? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below.