Students who embark on a Law degree have the benefit of being able to choose from a wide range of career options.
Some choose to pursue the legal option with the aim of eventually practising Law as a solicitor or barrister, however there are a wide range of other careers in which a Law degree can be very beneficial. Indeed many students study Law with other careers in mind, such as journalism, working in the civil service, industry and commerce, public administration, banking and insurance, industrial relations, management, social work and a host of other fields. In addition, some Law graduates go on to work for international bodies, such as the United Nations or the Council of Europe.
A Law degree is highly regarded by many employers, even if their work has little direct bearing on the law itself. In studying Law, students develop a great many invaluable transferable skills, such as problem-solving, analytical skills, research skills, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills, all of which are highly desired by employers in any area of work.
Alumna Orla Chennaoui
Sky Sports reporter Orla Chennaoui talking about how her Law degree from Queen's has been instrumental to the development of her career.
The School provides a wide range of career orientated events from career fairs to study tours so there is plenty of opportunity to explore the options.
Sorting out what you might do after graduation takes time so its a good idea to start this process early.
Careers, Employability and Skills, through its careers adviser Claire Ussher, works together with the School of Law’s Careers Liaison Advisers to support you throughout your time at Queens. We can help you with;
- Considering your career options and planning ahead
- Gaining work experience and placements
- Building employability skills
- Developing career management skills.
The Queen’s University Careers, Employability and Skills Service provides a comprehensive careers guidance service to students and works closely with the School of Law in this regard. It also provides students with access to the latest information on placements and opportunities via occupational and employer files, brochures and publications. In addition, full computer facilities are available. Students can also receive E-guidance via e-mail and tailored advice in drop-in sessions with the duty-advisor as well as one-to-one sessions via bookable guidance interviews. A number of documents are produced for law students including the annual ‘Careers in Law’ which outlines the range of possible careers available to law students. This information includes the relevant contact and application details as well as useful employment profiles of previous Queen’s law students.The more generic ‘Opportunities’ booklet provides monthly details of the latest general vacancies and placements in a range of organizations and fields.This information is updated regularly and is also available via the Careers Employability and Skills website.