10 Careers You Can Get Into With A Law Degree In 2018
If you have a law degree the obvious career choice is to become a solicitor or a barrister, but there are plenty of other options. Some of the world’s leading industries have always had a liking for law graduates. Impressed by the traditional work ethic and brain power that people studying law courses tend to have, graduates can more or less have their pick of careers.
The GSM London LLB (Hons) degree programme focuses on developing transferable skills such as persuasive oral and written communication, analysis and evaluation and research methods. Here are just some of the many career options where you could put these skills to use:
The link between politics and law is long established. The Law Society Gazette says a legal background is a “ticket to a seat in parliament”, and certainly many of our MPs have a law degree to their name. Of course, there is much more to a career in politics than being an MP. There are jobs in research, communication and advisory roles, where you can work alongside the elected members and play a pivotal part in the running of the country.
Of course! This is what you were trained for after all. At GSM London there is plenty of careers advice about how to make the step from law student to actual working lawyer. Our programme is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) – which exempts you from the academic stage of legal training. This means that, after graduating, you can go straight to the professional stage of training as a barrister or solicitor and then to a training contract or pupillage.
Wear the wig, stand up in court, and argue your case. Considered one of the top jobs in law, in some cases, you will help to change lives, in others, you might just change the world. Whatever you do with your law degree, GSM London will help you make all the right choices.
- Legal department of a large organisation
Law is a fairly expansive profession. One route is to work in the legal department of a large organisation, for example the BBC or John Lewis.
Journalism is an industry made up of graduates and non-graduates with many different specialisms. Again, the kudos that comes with having a law degree really opens doors in the media, particularly as law graduates have the reputation for being able to analyse data, decode jargon and communicate in a coherent way.
You couldn’t jump straight into this role, as teachers require a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (or PGCE/PGCertEd), but a law degree could certainly help you get selected onto the right course. The move from lawyer to a teacher is a surprisingly common one, and there is plenty of advice available to help you through the process.
An awareness of law and a serious work ethic are valuable assets in the banking industry. Degrees aren’t strictly necessary, but a law degree will help you stand out from the crowd.
- Civil service
There are numerous legal departments within the civil service, both on a national and local level. From Trading Standards to school admissions to environmental departments, this is a popular career for people with a law degree.
There are well established career paths in the police force, as well as a clearly defined structure. From the criminal investigation department to the fraud squad, there is plenty to keep that legal brain ticking.
- Management consultant
Management consultancy is open to any graduate, though a degree that is analytical or about communication (such as a law degree) can be an advantage.
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