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Law is a subject valued by firms across all sectors of the economy and graduates of the School of Law do especially well in the professional services (managing and improving business performance), banking and finance and legal sector.

94% of graduates leaving law courses in the 2015/16 academic year secured work or futher study within six months of graduating.

Of those students keen to pursue a legal career the majority decide on the solicitor career path. Some students do decide to become a barrister, however, the numbers are quite small. Undertaking the Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course does not guarantee you a training contract or pupillage.

The qualification route to become a solicitor is changing from 2020. For up to date information, visit the  Solicitors Regulation Authority

Some students do not pursue the LPC or BPTC and choose an LLM instead.

 

What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge, the degree equips you with key employability skills and atrributes such as:

  • communication skills
  • problem solving
  • critical thinking
  • language skills (if combined with a language)
  • research skills
  • creativity

What are the graduate destinations of law students?

The graduate labour market is competitive and you need to be prepared to excel in all stages of the recruitment process The legal sector is especailly competitive with 5,4000 training contracts and 470 pupillages on offer each year. 

Legal employers expected candidates to be commercially aware, have an understanding of the firm as a business (commercial awareness) and have personal qualities such as leadership, teamworking and good communication amongst others.

Our law graduates secured employment across a diverse range of sectors, but the key sectors of employment for our graduates are:

  • financial and insurance activities
  • legal services
  • public administration
  • retail
  • hospitality
 

 

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