Studying law opens up many career options, whether in law or law-related fields, including solicitor, barrister, legal executive and paralegal. Solicitors and barristers usually work in private practice, in central or local government, commerce, industry, the armed forces or in professional bodies.
Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales need to complete three stages of training:
- Academic – a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD)
- Vocational – a Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors. If you successfully complete our QLD, The University of Law will guarantee you a place on its LPC (with the exception of the Accelerated LPC) – you need to take up this place within seven years of graduation. Alternatively the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers.
- Professional – a training contract for solicitors or ‘pupillage’ for barristers.
Other relevant jobs include Citizens Advice Bureau caseworker, Crown Prosecution Service caseworker, magistrates’ court legal adviser, court reporter or administrator, licensed conveyancer, patent attorney, trademark agent, teacher, or lecturer in law.
Further employability and careers information is available on The Open University Law School website.