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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 financial services 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.

A good number went on to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in order to pursue their legal careers as a solicitor, barrister or other professional legal services role. Undertaking the LPC or BPTC does not guarantee you a training contract or pupillage.

Students who did not wish to continue with the LPC or BPTC but wish to continue their legal studies went on to study LLM degrees at Nottingham and elsewhere.


What skills will I gain during my degree?

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

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

What are the graduate destinations of law students?

The graduate labour market in 2015 experienced cautious growth, however trainee solicitor vacancies remained static, or in some cases, declined depending on the firm and area of law practised. 

Competition for jobs was intense and applications needed to be of a high quality in order to progress through the recruitment process. 

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


Careers and Employability Service

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