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employability Your Career in Law

As a law student our Employability Service can provide you with a range of advice, links to the profession and pro-bono opportunities to help you succeed in your career and work experience goals.

Secure a job within nine months of successfully completing your course or your fees back.

Terms and conditions apply.

We are at the forefront of pioneering pro bono opportunities for law students and our programmes have been nominated for a number of awards.

Our commitment to one-to-one guidance from a team of specialist careers advisors, practising solicitors, and industry professionals offers you a great start to your professional career.

Our network in Law

We have a vast network in the legal industry meaning you are connected from the moment you accept your place with us. We deliver legal training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms in the UK.

Our Advice from Recruiters hub provides valuable insight from some UK law firms and businesses on what skills and knowledge they are looking for in their future trainees.

Legal Employability Services

Pro Bono

We have a varied Pro Bono programme offering opportunities to gain experience through supervised experience or from shadowing practitioners, giving you a variety of opportunities to enhance your career.

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Legal Practice Areas

From corporate law to human rights law, find out about different practice areas and what skills you need to succeed in each one.

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Student Employability Programme

Our specialist legal Student Employability Programme (StEP) includes careers advice and practical activities that are designed to help you take the first steps towards a successful career in the law.

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Your Employability Roadmap

We have a programme of activities and career support designed to help you at every step of the way towards a successful career.

  • Open days and employability events: Our careers experts will be available to offer that initial support and direction. Find an event near you.
  • Legal practice areas: Find out about different practice areas in law and what skills you need to succeed in each one.
  • Access our employability and career support: If you have a conditional or unconditional offer, you can access our employability support before you start your course with us.
  • Connect with our Employability team: Getting started couldn’t be simpler. All you need to do is email the employability services team at your campus (careers-*your campus*@law.ac.uk) e.g. if you are studying at Bristol then [email protected].

Here are just some of the services our team offers and you will have access to:

  • Pro bono: We run a large and varied legal pro bono programme, offering over 3,500 opportunities each year to enable you to put the skills you've learnt into practice. Find out more ➔
  • One-to-one career appointments: You will have access to experienced careers consultants who can provide individually tailored information, advice and guidance on any career related matters from deciding where you want to work, through the application and interview process and beyond.
  • Careers workshops: Our careers workshops run throughout the year and will help you to get a head start when it comes to applications, assessment centres and pupillage applications.
  • Mentoring: With the support of over 600 practising lawyers, students have the opportunity to apply to be mentored by a practising solicitor or barrister. For those with little experience in the law, being mentored is an opportunity to gain an insider’s view of the profession and a chance to benefit from the advice of those currently practising in the world of law.
  • Employer talks and events: We have built up strong connnections with firms and chambers and offer an extensive range of employer talks, workshops and careers fairs. These events allow you to hear exactly what it's like to work in the legal sector from those that currently do.
  • Live job vacancy database: Our vacancy database provides all current students and alumni with access to company profiles, events, careers adviser appointments and job vacancies.

As an alumni you can benefit from ongoing career support after graduating:

  • Job vacancy database: Exclusive access to our database of job vacancies, including training contracts and pupillages.
  • Continued careers support and advice
  • Become a mentor: The opportunity to mentor current students and support the next generation of legal professionals.
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Pathways Careers in Law

Find out where our courses could take you. Browse through a selection of careers that our courses can lead to, and find out what each job entails, what skills you need and where to search for jobs.

Barrister
Judge
Paralegal
Solicitor
Legal Secretary

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EmployabilityOur Employment Promise

If you study our Legal Practice Course or LLM Legal Practice (SQE1&2) you'll also benefit from our Employment Promise. Terms and conditions apply.