How to use your law degree

01/08/2017

If you're studying law, or graduated in law, you may be unaware of the huge range of opportunities available to you.

 

 

 

Law is a really versatile degree – only 20% of Law graduates actually go straight into further training to be a solicitor or a barrister. 28.2% of those who study law continue their studies once they have completed their degree with only around a third of law graduates ultimately ending up in legal or social welfare professions*.

 

It is also very interesting that the fastest growing area for solicitor jobs is in in-house legal services rather than more traditional law practice based roles*.

 

It may be suprising how many Law graduates go on to work outside the typical law firm, but it’s less suprising when you explore just how many exciting opportunities exist across different sectors.

 

If you’ve worked hard enough to achieve your law degree, there are countless career opportunities available to you.

 

During your studies, you will have demonstrated the following immensely valuable transferable skills and more:

 

·         The ability to digest complex information in a short space of time

·         Excellent analytical skills

·         Writing skills

·         Ability to learn and retain information

·         Ability to look at an argument from all sides

·         Decision and judgement

·         Communication skills

·         Empathy

·         Depending on your areas of specialism; commerce, employment, banking, international law, politics, sports law, human rights, family law

 

 

Careers within the legal field include -

 

Solicitor, Barrister, Paralegal, Legal Executive, Trademark and Patent Attorney, Barrister’s Clerk, Legal Secretary, Licensed Conveyancer, Detective, Company Secretary and more.

 

Careers elsewhere include –

 

Civil service fast stream, Government research, Health & Safety, Immigration, MOD, Financial Industry - Banking and Accountancy – including Tax, Financial Advice & Management, Investment Banking, Police force, Political Research, Politician’s Assistant, Probation Service, Public Affairs, Trade Union Research, Trading Standards, Ministry of Justice, Broadcasting, HR and Recruitment, Health & Safety, Data Analyst, Stockbroker, chartered Town Planner, and the list goes on.

 

Third sector work with charities and NGOs, employment advisory roles or Citizens Advice, Charity officers, Human Rights, International Aid and Development…

 

Just about everywhere you can think of could benefit from your knowledge – even publishing – wherever you work, you will have an awareness of the legal implications within that particular field. You will already have good attention for detail, a good memory and be able to write and present a convincing argument, so a number of roles within the media will be available to you.

 

If you’re a confident public speaker and are able to write a compelling argument, then delivering a persuasive speech will be a skill in great demand. Careers in Politics and the Civil Service are popular choices for Law graduates.  If you’re able to deliver passionate arguments or statements then working as a lobbyist or activist might be of interest – you’ll need to know your way around the laws to understand how you can influence the politicians who are responsible for passing the laws.

 

As degrees go, it’s one of the most versatile – if none of the choices above appeal, you could become an entrepreneur where the sky really is the limit! Have a look at our blog about essential skills for entrepreneurs for more information and see what you could become.

 

Good luck from the mybrink team!

 

*Taken from the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, What Graduates Do Report 2016