What else can I do with a law degree?
Whether you’re interested in a career that will make direct use of your legal knowledge or want to change direction and work in a different industry then this guide is for you.
It should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.
Skills for your CV
Some of the other skills you will have picked up include:
- communication skills
- ability to state a case (orally as well as in writing)
- good analytical skills
- problem solving skills
- ability to see the bigger picture
- assimilation of facts
- precise expression (especially in writing)
Job roles and career areas you could work in
One obvious career option is to seek work as a legal executive. Alternative career areas that are popular with law graduates include finance, marketing and HR.
Some jobs you could go on to do include:
- advice worker
- bank manager
- Civil Service administrator
- customs officer
- insurance claims inspector
- insurance underwriter
- legal clerk
- legal secretary
- local government administrator
- police officer
- probation officer
- trading standards officer
What do law graduates go on to do?
Here’s what law graduates who finished their degrees in 2016 were doing six months after graduating, according to the What do graduates do? report published in 2017.
|Full-time employment in the UK||39.4|
|Part-time employment in the UK||8.5|
|Working and studying||10.5|
Source: What do graduates do? 2017
Key areas of employment for fresh law graduates
These are the top five areas of work taken up by 2016 law graduates six months after graduation, according to the 2017 What do graduates do? report.
|Areas of employment||Percentage|
|Legal, social and welfare professionals||33.8|
|Retail, catering, waiting and bar staff||13.9|
|Clerical, secretarial and numerical clerks||12.3|
|Business, HR and finance professionals||12.0|
Source: What do graduates do? 2017
Which careers attract law students?
Law solicitors was the most popular career choice for law students identified by a 2017 survey of more than 60,000 undergraduates carried out by trendence UK, a partner of TARGETjobs’ parent company GTI. 78% of law students who participated in the survey said they were interested in this area, while 67% said they were interested in careers as barristers. The most popular careers for law students were as follows:
|Law – solicitors||78% expressed an interest|
|Law – barristers||67|
|Banking, insurance and financial services||3|
Source: trendence UK Graduate Study 2017
Famous people with law degrees
If none of those careers are for you, don’t worry. Think about what the world might have lost if these people had gone down a different degree path:
- Nicola Sturgeon – originally became a solicitor after graduating but then moved into politics, eventually becoming first minister of Scotland.
- Harper Lee – author of To Kill a Mockingbird, featuring fictional lawyer Atticus Finch.
- Rebel Wilson – plays the role of student a cappella singer Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect films, and was once a student in real life: she has a Bachelor of Laws degree.
- Jon Snow – journalist and Channel 4 presenter… not the Game of Thrones character.
- Hilary Mantel – author of Wolf Hall, a novel about the Tudor lawyer Thomas Cromwell.
- Gerard Butler – studied at the University of Glasgow and initially began to train as a lawyer before becoming an actor.
Alternatively, try looking at our list of twelve jobs you can do with a law degree.