Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with skills and experiences that will prove valuable in any career. A degree from the School of Law will equip you with a thorough knowledge of English law and an in-depth understanding of the areas in which you choose to specialise.
The University of Nottingham is consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report.
Placements and internship programme
Our faculty work placements and internship programme provides valuable work experience, self-confidence and a practical application of your studies.
Optional placement year
Many companies offer placements which will develop your skills in a real-world setting, and often result in a graduate job offer. An optional placement year is available for all undergraduate students whose course does not have a compulsory placement or study abroad element (available on BA and LLB Law). The University's Careers and Employability Service will support you in arranging this.
A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete legal training relevant to that of a solicitor (Legal Practice Course) or barrister (Bar Professional Training Course), whether or not they have secured a training contract or pupillage.
Those seeking careers outside of law use their degree to gain access to a wide variety of professions and organisations such as consultancies, business advisory services, marketing, civil service, public relations, accountancy and campaigning.
98.5% of undergraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,875 with the highest being £46,000.*
The School of Law ranked 5th in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with graduates earning an average of £4,844 more than expected five years after graduation.**
* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** The Economist British university rankings, 2017
Law graduates from the University of Nottingham may be eligible to practise overseas including in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Singapore, where admission to the Bar (or equivalent) can be attained subject to meeting the jurisdictions' conditions.
Support from the legal profession
As well as holding presentations and training workshops for the students, many firms and barristers chambers provide additional support to the school. This could be:
- supporting student events through the various student societies
- sponsoring of scholarships and prizes
- the provision of facilities and resources such as the Slaughter & May Computer Room
Our postgraduate students move into a wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.
96% postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,800 with the highest being £42,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers and Employability Service
The Careers and Employability Service offers excellent careers guidance, information and resources, and holds workshops on CV writing, completing application forms and interview techniques. As a University of Nottingham graduate, you can receive lifelong support from the service.
Find out more about careers in law.
Annual Law Fair
The service also organises legal firm presentations and the annual law fair, one of the largest fairs of its kind in the country. This event is central to legal recruitment at Nottingham and attracts over 70 legal organisations including international and local law firms, barristers' chambers, the Government Legal Service, representatives of the justice sector and legal education providers.