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 employability programme
Our work placements and employability programme provides valuable work experience, self-confidence and a practical application of your studies.
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.
93.6% 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 £22,509 with the highest being £40,000.*
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 2015/16. 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.
96.6% 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 £23,214 with the highest being £32,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. 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.
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.
Recent graduate destinations
- Avery Dennison
- BAE Systems
- Clifford Chance
- London Stock Exchange
- Oxford University Press
- Simmons & Simmons
Nadia Whittome, law student, talks about her interest in politics and how she has gained valuable work experience including working as a parliamentary intern during the Referendum campaign.
Nottingham Advantage Award
The award-winning Nottingham Advantage Award recognises and rewards your extracurricular activities. With a choice of over 200 modules across all our campuses, you can hone the key skills employers want and unlock your potential. You will leave university with demonstrable experience that sets you apart from your competitors.
...the dedicated careers service have unrivalled resources and organise events throughout the year and to help students make the most of their degree after graduation.
Simon Passfield, Law LLB