Whether you decide to continue into further education or enter the world of work, there are a host of options available, including:
Universities & Law Schools
We have listed all of the Universities & Law Schools websites that will give you vital resources to assist you in choosing a place of study.
Vocational Education Opportunities
To become a solicitor, you must first complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to take up a training contract with a firm of solicitors. All institutions validated to run the LPC are listed.
To become a barrister, you will study for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which will give you the skills and knowledge to prepare you for the more specialised training undertaken during pupillage (the next step to practising as a barrister). Details of all institutions validated to run the BPTC can be found via the link on the left.
If you don't have a qualifying law degree, you may still pursue a legal career after successfully completing the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Diploma in Law.
Alternatively, you may decide to study for a postgraduate qualification. There are also non-law postgraduate courses available to law graduates. Take a look at our listings for Postgraduate Courses.
Careers and Training
You may decide to follow a non-legal career. Take a look at a list of suggestions of non-legal jobs available to law graduates in Alternative Careers.
We also provide a large selection of useful links to job sites, both legal and non-legal, so that you can look at the opportunities that are available to you.
Online Legal Resources will provide you with access to a number of news resources covering a wide variety of legal topics. You need to maintain your legal awareness, alongside your commercial awareness to succeed. After all, you do want to work in the law.
Finally, you might want to consider a career with LexisNexis. We have been at the forefront of providing legal, tax and regulatory information to law and tax practitioners for almost 200 years. Our company is made up of a smart and curious group of people, who are driven to advance the rule of law.
Universities and Law Schools
The universities page contains links to various university and college web sites on the internet. Where possible, we've linked directly to their law department.
The institutions listed below are validated Legal Practice Course providers. Visiting their websites, you will find the contact details and applications procedures that are necessary for you to pursue the LPC. The LPC is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) - for further details and the regulations covering the LPC and other stages on the route to qualification as a solicitor, visit the SRA’s website.
The institutions listed below are validated Bar Professional Training Courses (BPTC) providers. Visiting their websites, you will find out how to apply for the BPTC and who to contact for further information. The BPTC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board - for further details and the regulations covering the BPTC and other stages on the route to qualification as a barrister, visit The Bar Standards Board website.
If you are a graduate without a qualifying law degree, you can undertake the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to pursue your legal career. After completion, this course enables you to continue to train either as a solicitor or as a barrister.
The institutions below provide the CPE/Diploma in Law - for specific course details, you can access their own websites via the links provided below.
To apply for a FULL-TIME course, you must make your application through the Common Professional Examination/Diploma in Law Courses, Central Applications Board. PO Box No 84, Guildford, GU3 1YX. Tel: 01483 451080.
You may decide that upon graduation, you will pursue a Masters or other degree. There is a huge variety of postgraduate courses available throughout the country.
The links below provide you with details on all the postgraduate courses available throughout the UK and abroad.
if you decide that you do not want to practice law or want to know all of the options available, there are other career paths open to you.
A law degree is seen as a valuable asset by many employers. The particular skills you have gained in your studies will make you especially suited to certain careers.
Please take a look at the examples of the possible opportunities for alternative careers below. This is by no means a complete list, so don't feel your choices are restricted to the career paths included in this section.
You would be responsible for the administration and development of chambers. As a Senior Clerk, you would act as an agent for the barristers; as a First Junior Clerk Assistant Senior Clerk, you will assist the Senior Clerk in their duties and cover in their absence, along with general office duties.
You would advise the non-stipendary magistrates on legal matters, as they will not necessarily be legally qualified. You will answer any of the magistrate's questions, explain to them the procedures of the court and clarify points of law. You will also assist with the paperwork resulting from a case.
You will compile the records (word for word) of the proceedings in the court. You will attend a court case and record all that is said using either a computer-aided transcription system or traditional shorthand.
Crown Prosecution Service
You will be dealing with the prosecution of alleged criminal offenders within England and Wales. The CPS prosecutes cases, advises police on possible prosecutions, reviews those prosecutions that the police have began and prepares the cases for court.
As a Customs Officer, you will work at customs posts, ensuring that there is not excess baggage or any smuggled goods in baggage, freight or mail. You will also have a presence in court as an official witness and deal with the documentation of customs. As an Excise Officer, you will check business premises (such as importers premises) to make sure that the appropriate duties are paid, and that the excise regulations are adhered to. You will collate suspect information, deal with enquiries and also prepare reports. As a VAT Assurance Officer, you will provide technical advice to assist local businesses in their accounting for VAT. You will also ensure that they are familiar with the necessary laws in this area. You will also assist the Inland Revenue, the police and the Home Office.
There are many opportunities for you within the Home Office, one of which is providing legal advice on policy development and preparing legislation to take it through Parliament. Applications can be made for a vast range of opportunities within the Home Office.
You will deal will the assessment of the admissibility of people who enter the United Kingdom at seaports, airports and the Channel Tunnel. This will involve interviewing people, dealing with the removal of those who are denied entry to the United Kingdom and also making sure that they only stay for the amount of time permitted.
You will be involved with the legal aspects of your company (your employer). The areas of law dealt with will depend upon the legal issues arising within that company, ranging from routine contractual duties and dealing with external solicitors.
As a Revenue Executive, you will calculate and collect tax and National Insurance contributions of workers. You will also investigate whether the correct amount has been contributed and represent the Inland Revenue in court cases. As a Tax Inspector, you will apply tax legislation to partnerships, individuals, businesses, and companies. Investigating tax evasion, you will also represent the Inland Revenue in court cases.
You will be employed to research projects (as an assistant), concerned with the review and reform of the law. Research will cover historical and legal aspects, and you will also maintain high standards of written material to go before Parliament.
You will deal with a narrower area of the law than a solicitor, but will conduct similar duties. You will be qualified as a lawyer, and often the specialisms of legal executives will be in the areas of litigation or conveyancing.
You will assist lawyers and legal executives with the daily tasks involved in a law firm. This will include dealing with correspondence and undertaking clerical work. It will sometimes include some contact with clients and attendance at court.
You will make investigations into the legal ownership of property and deal with the legal aspects of transferring this property. Sometimes a licensed conveyancer will provide additional advice in the areas of probate and litigation.
You will have the objective of improving the position of an organisation, their profile, or a particular aspect of the company, (e.g. human resources). You will firstly identify particular problems within the organisation and make recommendations on how to improve the situation.
Your job will entail the provision of legal assistance to legal aid firms. Duties will range from taking notes from court proceedings, delivering messages, taking witness statements, and being involved in interviews at police stations.
As a Patent Agent, you will look into the details of inventions, and make investigations to ensure that they are unique. It will also involve the production of detailed specifications of these inventions, and the submission and negotiation of patent applications, along with the provision of legal advice.
You could work in the police force in a number of roles that deal with the enforcement of the law. Having a law degree is beneficial to such a career due to the fact that it is a subject that all trainees must study for promotion.
You will undertake editorial tasks or deal with the commissioning of new titles. In the area of legal publishing, books and electronic products will range from those aimed at academia to those that provide legal information for legal professionals.
You will be employed to look at the best tax strategies for your client. With the increasing amount of tax legislation, there are a growing number of opportunities in this area.
You may want to consider a career in law teaching. If you are thinking of teaching in the further education sector, you are not required to obtain a postgraduate teaching qualification, but it is increasingly useful to have one to gain entry and there are several specialised certificates on offer. For those wishing to teach in the higher education sector, you will find that the majority of entrants have completed a higher degree and some would have obtained a professional law qualification. Research (PhD) students can gain valuable experience in university departments as graduate teaching assistants.
Trade Mark Attorney
You will give assistance in the registration of trademarks and provide advice on how to correctly use these trademarks in advertising, etc., taking into account the needs of your client. You will also provide advice to do with the infringement of trademarks, and assist solicitors and barristers conducting any resulting litigation cases.
You will visit businesses, checking that the equipment and practices adhere to the law and regulations that govern the buying and selling of goods and services. Tasks involve checking the accuracy of claims about products, advising both consumers and businesses on the regulations in this area; ensuring the legality of imports, and presenting court cases.
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