Law career essentials

Substantial numbers of law graduates enter the legal profession either immediately after professional training or a few years later.  Not all law graduates go on to become lawyers however; it is a degree that provides a broad range of skills and knowledge that are appealing to a wide variety of employers.

Occupations requiring an LLB (Hons) degree

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The most common legal careers involve becoming either a:

These two professions are in themselves incredibly diverse and offer a huge range of different opportunities. They also both open up a number of possible careers paths, such as becoming a partner in a law firm or a judge. Click on the links above to find out more about these careers and what you will need to do after your law degree to pursue these.

In addition to the above, a number of aspiring solicitors often work as paralegals within law firms prior to starting their training to become a solicitor.

Did you know? A number of politicians, past and present, were lawyers before entering Parliament.

Other occupations

Owing to the diverse nature of  a law degree, law graduates enter a range of alternative occupations, utilising the skills and knowledge gained from the qualification.

Alternative occupations that former students have gone onto include:

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Sector Administrator
  • Trading Standards Officer
  • Health and Safety Inspector
  • Personnel Officer
  • Accountant
  • Housing Manager
  • CPS caseworker
  • Bank fraud investigator
  • Civil servant
  • Financial Adviser

If you would like to find out more about alternative careers, then check out the occupational profiles available on the Graduate Prospects web site.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates go on to enjoy a wide variety of experiences when they graduate. Here's what some recent graduates were doing 6 months after finishing their course:-

  • Auditor
  • BPTC student
  • Documentation Manager
  • LPC student
  • Paralegal
  • Personnel Officer
  • Retail Manager
  • Trainee Probation Officer
  • Trainee Solicitor

What our students say

If you would like to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister you will need to complete a Qualifying Law Degree (‘QLD’). The LLB Hons is the most popular way to meet this requirement. Even if you do not want to be a solicitor or barrister, or have not made up your mind yet, a Law degree can be a great foundation to a number of careers.

But why study at Wolverhampton Law School? Well, it is probably best to ask students who have done so already:

"I enjoyed my time on the undergraduate LLB (Hons) Law and so moving on to do the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Wolverhampton was a natural progression. Doing the LPC was by far the best part of my education so far. The course is very demanding but is made so much easier by the fact that it is so well run."  Graduate, LLB (Hons) Law

"I chose to study at Wolverhampton on the LLB because I visited the School and was impressed by the helpfulness and enthusiasm of all the staff." Graduate, LLB (Hons) Law

Read what other students say about their time at at the University

Useful links

If you would like to find out more about the profession and the benefits of a law degree, you may want to take a look at the following links:

Job links

If you would like to know more about how to begin a career in law, then you may like to look at the following links:

If you are currently looking for a training contract, pupillage or paralegal position then the following sites may be of help

You may also want to check the website of legal recruitment firms, particularly for paralegal vacancies.

Further information

If you would like to know more about the LLB (Hons) or your employment options once you have successfully completed the course, then get in touch: