Careers and employability
Many of our graduates go on to become solicitors or barristers. Additionally, changes in the legal services market are creating a rising demand for additional roles, such as paralegals and legal executives.
A law degree is not just for aspiring lawyers. Law graduates are sought after in a wide range of sectors because of their exceptional analytical and communications skills.
Whatever career route you choose to take, our Law degree programmes provide opportunities for students to become more employable.
Professional links and key skills:
- Legal Advice Clinic
- The clinic provides a free community-based face-to-face advice service. You’ll take instructions from the client, carry out research and give advice under the supervision of tutors and practising solicitors.
- The LSBU County Court Help Desk
- The LSBU County Court Help Desk allows students to gain valuable experience dealing with members of the public in a Court setting. The support is by way of advising on fees, forms, and next steps. The students who work on the scheme undertake duties such as administrative work, court support work on the help desk and on occasion marshalling judges.
- Careers talks and networking
- The Law Division organises unique networking events with influential people working in the Law and career talks to maximise our students’ employability (please watch our video below).
- CILEx alternative route to the legal profession
- After successful completion of some of our optional modules, you are able to join the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) as members and become a more attractive proposition for employers recruiting paralegals. After 5 years’ qualifying work as a paralegal, you can become a CILEx Fellow and Legal Executive.
- A moot is a legal debate acted out in a courtroom usually involving a hypothetical case. We encourage you to take part in external mooting competitions.
- Working in the Law (compulsory module)
- This compulsory second year module focuses on skills valued by employers and helps you find work placements or voluntary opportunities to prepare you for the world of work.
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Opportunities to give back to society
The School has a strong commitment to social justice and social conscience – and this comes through strongly in the courses we offer. However, it's not just evident in what we teach, but also how we teach it.
The Legal Advice Clinic offers our law students exceptional work experience opportunities, but it also provides a valued public service to the local community. There's a similar narrative behind StreetLaw, which is an outreach initiative where our law students engage with local school and college students to encourage them to better understand their legal rights and responsibilities.
"By taking law into the classroom, LSBU law students get the opportunity to engage school and college students with the law and how it affects them," explains Louise Andronicou, Principal Lecturer in Law. "LSBU students participating in the project also get this opportunity to give something back to their community, at the same time improving their legal skills and employability."
Law students reach finals weekend in national competition
30 August 2018
How black nurses were vital to our health service even before Windrush, a talk by Stephen Bourne
17 May 2018
LSBU supports Southwark Council’s successful bid to regenerate Walworth heritage
12 January 2018
Enhancing global learning on migration and refugee law
21 December 2017
Approval from President of American Bar Association
19 December 2017
LSBU through to quarter finals of Property Law Mooting Competition
19 December 2017
Thomas’ success proves Asperger’s is no barrier in academia
29 November 2017
LSBU leads by example in tackling sustainability challenges
22 November 2017
Mayor of London certifies LSBU a healthy place to work
15 November 2017