Lincoln Law School
There are lots of career opportunities for you to make great use of your degree studies. In addition to the traditional routes into the legal professions, there are many other career pathways where a law degree is hugely helpful. To find out more, take a look at the Prospects ‘What can I do with my degree’ page.
You can also find out more about your career options with a Law degree and how to get started in your Law career with this online booklet from Targetjobs.
Additionally, many graduate schemes welcome students with a Law degree, so be sure to check out information on graduate schemes as part of your career research.
You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:
New to law?
Want to explore the various routes into the legal professions?
Law Careers Net have produced a helpful booklet The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in Law. They’ve also created this click through flow chart which provides an easy to follow overview of pathways into the legal professions.
The recruitment timelines for students wishing to enter the legal professions mean that students need to plan ahead and undertake activities to support their career ambitions from Year 1 of their time at University.
If you’d like to know more about the different pathways and various options open to you, make an appointment with your School Careers & Employability Adviser. Find out more about how to book appointments on our Services for Students page here.
We work in collaboration with academics from your School, the University of Lincoln SU Law Society and various external colleagues to make sure you have access to innovative and valuable employer networking opportunities and work experience activities. Many of these will be promoted on your Lincoln Law School Blackboard site and the Careers Events page.
Activities and events
We support your School Employability lead to deliver Law Speed Networking events. We also facilitate AspiringSolicitors to effectively engage with students through on-campus workshops and on-line events. We create opportunities for students to engage with legal professionals to find out more about their career pathways and opportunities within their legal practices, as well as supporting students and graduates to access annual Law Fairs and other related events.
Tips on how to get great work experience
- Follow law firms and barristers chambers you’re interested in
- Do your research in-depth before applying for a vacation scheme or mini-pupillage. The application process is very competitive but well worth the effort
- You’ll find Vacation schemes advertised on All About Law and Prospects.
- Here’s where you can find mini-pupillage opportunities (generally 1-5 days): Chambers Student and The Lawyer Portal.
- Consider who is in your current network and how they might help you to gain some legal work experience, perhaps through shadowing or simply interview someone who works in a law firm (even half a day is hugely beneficial)
- Previously, our Graduate Skills Builder programme has enabled students to work on projects with law firms. You can find out more about the programme here
- Mooting is a great opportunity to enhance your skills, be sure to make the most of all of the opportunities offered by your degree course. As is volunteering through our University of Lincoln Law Clinic
- Volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau and charities linked to areas of law you’re interested in are two additional ways to gain valuable work experience
- If you’re interested in criminal and family law, or judicial roles, how about becoming a volunteer magistrate? The student population is currently underrepresented
- Each year we work with the Lincoln Magistrate’s Legal Team Manager to pull together insight days for students through which you can meet the legal team, hear about career pathways into the team, sit in on a live court hearing, meet a magistrate and explore various Court roles. These are advertised on our Careers Events page (be sure to sign up quickly as spaces are limited and very popular)
- You can also make some fabulous employer and alumni connections through signing up to Lincoln Connect. It is also the space to find an online mentor and to join various interest groups which have been set up by students and your Careers & Employability Advisers.
Legal career pathways research
There are lots of hugely useful organisations and forums for you to join to support you in your research of legal career pathways. Below are links to the main organisations for each of the four professional routes:
- Law Careers
- Legal Cheek
- All About Law
- In Brief – An online legal resource providing information on the laws of England and Wales. Contains articles on a wide variety of legal issues.
- Roll On Friday – news, views and gossip relating to the legal professions
- Focus on Law and Order – A series of law and order online videos
- Law Works – Information for students interested in carrying out pro-bono work
- Bar Council
- The Lawyer Portal
- Chambers Student
- Barrister Magazine
- The four Inns of Court provide support, training and networking opportunities as well as scholarships for the BTC/BPC
Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer
Equality and Diversity Initiatives and Resources
There are also many organisations whose mission is to ensure that the legal professions are fully accessible to all sections of society, below are links to the web pages of those organisations:
- Women in the Law
- Black Solicitors’ Network
- Legally Disabled
- Aspiring Solicitors
- SEO London
- City Solicitors Horizons
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Rare Recruitment
- Law Society – Diversity Access Scheme
- Law Society – Lawyers with Disabilities Division
If you’d like support to access these organisations, please contact your Careers & Employability team, we’ll be happy to help..
Top Tips for your Legal Career
We have gathered some top tips from legal professionals to support you in exploring your options. Please click the slide below to watch.
If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career in law, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.