Law and employability
We give you the tools to excel
Choosing the right legal education provider is one of the most important career decisions you’ll ever make. Choosing to join the School of Law means you can feel confident about getting a legal education which is geared towards enhancing your employability. We will provide you with a range of opportunities to enhance your job-readiness and our courses are designed to increase your employment prospects by equipping you with transferrable skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.
Career Booster Programme
Our Career Booster Programme is a distinctive and uniquely valuable resource available to all of our graduates throughout your time with us. A bi-annual week-long series of more than 60 workshops, masterclasses, webinars, presentations, lectures and panel sessions, Career Booster is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ opportunity to get ahead. These are all free to attend and aim to boost your:
- Academic skills
- Employability skills
- Career options
- Enterprise skills
- Networking skills
Delivered by sector experts, our industry partners, guest speakers and alumni the programme covers so much from Mock Police investigations to hands on experience of mediation in family and commercial . Career Booster is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ opportunity to get ahead.
Find out more about the Career Booster Programme.
Commercial and Professional Connections
We work in a number of ways with a range of commercial and professional partners who provide annual prizes, mentorship, offer placements and training opportunities and provide practical insights to students as guest speakers to ensure our graduates are as ‘work-ready’ as possible.
Our International Advisory Board is comprised of accomplished individuals from academia, the law profession, businesses and third sector organisations, who provide valuable advice to the school including valuable input in the development of courses to ensure our curriculum reflects the skills and competences that are needed by employers.
Our Lady Hale Mock Court enables students to experience a simulated environment which allows them to gain an appreciation of “real life” court experience in a variety of legal roles.
Employers attend our recruitment fairs to promote their career opportunities directly to our students and proactively engage through a number of partnership initiatives.
Our courses and employability
The graduate landscape is more competitive than ever today, so we have a suite of courses for you to choose from. Our specialist LLBs allow you to study for a law degree as well as follow your particular interest in law, helping you to stand out from the crowd.
Our courses are specifically designed, with our industry partners and advisors, to meet current employer needs. Legal and other essential skills for your employability and career development, are strongly integrated within all of our programmes.
We have a great history of employer engagement in our Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees to enable work placements, internships and live briefs that equip you with real-world work experience and enhance your employability.
There are many possible career paths that a law graduate can take. Criminal law, family law, commercial law and contract law are just a small selection of the different areas in which a law graduate can work. A law degree doesn't limit you to being a solicitor or barrister; other possible careers include:
- Civil Service
- Immigration Officers
- Human resources officer
- Teacher or lecturer
- Journalist or editor
In a competitive graduate market, valuable experience and employability skills gained from a year’s work placement will differentiate you from the thousands of other graduates seeking work. The most obvious advantage is that you get to do a placement, build up your work experience, enhance your employability, and establish contacts in your chosen industry. We find that students return from their placement year with their confidence and personal skills enhanced and ready to implement their focused plan for the future.
Undertaking a placement year with Global Diversity Practice enabled me to gain invaluable experience - from current market insights to managing FTSE100 clients and building relationships with established professionals, my role has not only improved my transferable skills but was also truly inspiring. Working on a daily basis on Diversity, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias provided me with excellent communication, teamwork and time management skills, enabled me to deliver smooth projects from start to finish, while doing something I am truly passionate about Irina Neagu
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Consultants into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.