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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.

‌Careers with Law - Declan McKeever

declanDeclan studied Law at Queen's from 2001 to 2005, with the academic year 2003/2004 on the Business Education Initiative (now Study USA) programme.  He is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales as well as a registered attorney in New York State.  He began his legal career at Hogan Lovells before moving on to Holman Fenwick Willan in 2010.  He now works with JP Morgan, drafting contracts and managing risk in relation to the international sale and carriage of commodities.  In this interview you can learn something about Declan's journey from North Belfast to the City of London and how studying Law at Queen's was a suitable place to begin this story. You can view his interview here

Careers with Law - 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 it's a good idea to start this process early.

Careers, Employability and Skills, through its careers consultant 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, graduate jobs and other opportunities via an online career management system ‘MyFuture’. Students can also receive E-guidance and tailored one-to-one advice and guidance in bookable sessions with the duty careers consultant. Careers information is updated regularly and there is a School and sector specific page on the Careers Employability and Skills website.

Careers, Employability and Skills offer a range of services including CV and Linkedin checks, 1:1 career consultations, workshops, career development programmes and employer talks and fairs.

During 2016-17 career talks, events and workshops offered by Careers, Employability and Skills at QUB have included:

Law Careers

 ‘Behind the Headlines’ Employer Presentation, Herbert Smith Freehills

Queen’s University Belfast Law Fair

Making the Most of Your Time at University

Queen’s University Belfast London Workplace Study Tour

City Scholarship Programme Information Session

Queen’s University Belfast Go Global Week

Applications Workshop, Pinsent Masons

Queen’s University Belfast Work Experience Fair

Assessment Centres, University of Law

Queen’s University City Scholarship Programme

‘Non Law’ Careers

Queen’s University Belfast Business and Finance Fair

Level 1 Get Employment Ready Award

Graduate Scheme Talk, Civil Service Fast Stream

Making the Most of Your Time at University

Queen’s University Belfast Go Global Week

Career Decisions with a Law Degree Workshop

Queen’s University Belfast Work Experience Fair

Tax, Advisory Graduate Careers Employer Talk, KPMG

Identify Your Skills/Ace Your Application, PWC

Queen’s University Belfast Brussels Workplace Study Tour

Graduate Programme Employer Talk, Danske Bank

How to Develop Your Careers in Media, Radio, Television Society (RTS) Futures

The Graduate School offers training and careers support tailored to the needs of postgraduate students at Queen's, including interdisciplinary workshops, academic writing and study skills sessions, innovation and entrepreneurship mentoring, and careers advice.

Registered postgraduate students receive a weekly email detailing upcoming sessions, and a full programme of the semester's events are available on their website.

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