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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.

98.5% of graduates* leaving law courses in the 2016/17 academic year secured work or further 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 2021. For up to date information, visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority

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


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What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge your law degree equips you with key skills valued by employers:

  • professional communication, presentation and negotiation skills
  • commercial awareness
  • problem solving and analytical techniques
  • reflection and critical thinking
  • digital capabilities and research techniques
  • language skills (if combined with a language)
  • team work and successful collaborative practice
  • creativity

If you choose the Q-Step programme you will also develop excellent quantitative analysis and research skills.


What are my career options?

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 especially competitive with 5,400 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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* UK full-time first degree graduates looking for employment of further study. 

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