What our Employability Service does

Our Employability Service offers a comprehensive programme of activities and support, to help you at every step on your way to a successful legal career. Here are just some of the services on offer:

One to one careers appointments

Whether face-to-face, online, via e-mail or on the telephone, you have access to skilled and experienced careers consultants who can provide individually-tailored information, advice and guidance on any careers related matter, from deciding where you want to work, through the application and interview process and beyond.

Careers workshops (online and face-to-face)

Our careers workshops run throughout the year – both face-to-face in your centre and online. These group sessions help you to get a head start when it comes to applications, assessment centres, pupillage applications and much more.

Pro bono

The University of Law runs probably the largest and most varied legal pro bono programme in UK legal education, each year offering 3,700 opportunities for you to put your skills into practice. We run a wide range of programmes, including:

    • Legal advice
      Participate in legal advice centres, answering legal enquiries from the general public. This casework programme gives you valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting


    • Streetlaw and public legal education programmes 
      Our Streetlaw and public legal education programmes raise legal awareness in communities


    • External placements
      The experience of working with real clients on a pro bono placement is invaluable. We help students obtain placements in a range of not-for-profit organisations, providing members of the public with free legal advice and representation


  • Shadowing opportunities
    We arrange hundreds of shadowing opportunities throughout the year to give students the opportunity to see and experience first-hand what it’s like to be a solicitor or judge

Students at The University of Law have the opportunity to apply to be mentored by a practising solicitor or barrister. With the support of over 600 practising lawyers, our scheme is probably the most extensive legal mentoring scheme in the country. For those with little experience in the law, it’s an opportunity to gain an insider’s view of the profession, and benefit from the advice of those currently practising in the world of law.

Employer talks and events

With our national presence and strong connections with the profession, The University of Law is able to offer an extensive range of employer talks, workshops and careers fairs. These events allow you to hear ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ what it’s like in firms and chambers.

Practice-related activities

Whether it’s mooting or a share race, in each centre you’ll get the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular activities which have been designed to help you develop, and put into practice, vital skills you’ll need in the workplace.

Student Employability Programme

The University’s Future Lawyers Network gives you access to our award-winning Student Employability Programme (StEP). This is a comprehensive online programme of careers information and advice, which won an award as: Best Preparation for Work Initiative.

Employability Portal

The Employability Portal – our vacancy database – allows University of Law and the Business school students and alumni, access to company profiles, events, careers advisor appointments and job vacancies.