Employability - Law courses
Entering the profession
There are a number of routes that can be followed after the degree - the professional routes are the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) for the Bar or Solicitors’ Profession, respectively. They are both vocational qualifications and are one year in length. The BPTC and LPC focus on the practitioner skills that are necessary for barristers and solicitors. As a qualifying law degree this course is one of the pre-requisites for application to either course.
The CILex route
At LSBU we offer an embedded CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) qualification, within our Law degrees, provided particular options are chosen by students, such as Criminal Litigation and Civil Litigation. Successfully completing the degree will allow you to apply for graduate membership of CILEx. This will open alternative routes to practising Law.
Law as a career
A law degree offers a variety of career choice in one of the most well-paid and socially important sectors. The type of career on offer can depend on the kind of law firm you want to work for, and possibly the area of law you specialise in. And options are not confined to the legal services sector either, due to the range of transferable skills gained from the course. Law graduates can work in banks, businesses and charities, in local government and the civil service as well as in law firms.
Commitment is needed to work in the legal profession as it can take a long time to qualify and it is a very competitive sector. Having good analytical skills and the ability to digest large amounts of information and then explain it in plain English are essential.
Solicitors form the largest part of the legal profession, with around 120,000 practicing solicitors in the UK, the majority based in the London area. Competition for training places is fierce and some firms arrange training contracts up to two years in advance. Solicitors provide expert legal support and advice to clients. They take instructions from clients who can be individuals to private companies and then advise on necessary courses of legal action.
Roughly 75% of solicitors work in private practice, however opportunities elsewhere include the Crown Prosecution Service or legal aid services. Unsurprisingly, law is the highest paid graduate job with salaries averaging £36,000, with massive potential to rise with career development. (Solicitor job profile, Prospects)
Another option is to become a barrister. Barristers represent their clients in court, usually instructed by the client's solicitor. Although demand to be a barrister far outweighs the amount of positions available, and it requires further qualifications and training, the benefits can include salaries of up to £300,000.
Legal Executives are the third branch of the legal profession and although not so well known as Solicitors and Barristers, qualification as a Legal Executive is a flexible and cost effective way to qualify as a lawyer and find a satisfying and well paid career. As modules in this course are accredited by Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), on graduation you'll be eligible to become a Graduate Member of CILEx without any further study or assessment. After 3 years of legal practice you'll then be eligible to become a Fellow of CILEX. Fellows of CILEx are as qualified as solicitors, except they specialise in one area of law. Legal executives can become partners in law firms and be appointed as a Judge and CILEx is becoming an increasingly popular way of entering the law profession. After five years' experience Legal Executive salaries can reach £55,000. (National Careers Service)
Gold standard degree
While our graduates may go on to join professional courses leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister, the LLB is also useful for numerous jobs that value skills in analysis, clear communication, efficient organisation and reasoned persuasion.
It is a gold standard degree valued by Employers because a sound understanding of the law is sought in most areas of commercial and industrial life. Small companies, individual company departments and service or voluntary organisations seek specialist legal advice on major issues. They also require staff with an awareness of where the legal pitfalls may lie and an understanding of when specialists need to be consulted.
Watch our students discuss the ways in which our Law degrees help you prepare for a career in Law.