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Alternatives to Law

Studying Law provides students with a range of skills that can be used in a variety of roles both within and outside of the legal sector. In fact, as Paul Blackmore from University
of Exeter states, “60-70% of jobs out there [are] still open to any discipline.” What is important when applying to any job is to look carefully at the job description, consider the specific skills required for that role and then think of evidence of how you have previously utilised that skill either in your degree or from extra curricular activity or work experience. Hopefully the following will give you a good starting point for considering your skill set.

Skills developed from a law degree

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Dedication and commitment
  • Legal and commercial awareness
  • Analytical skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Numeracy skills
  • Stamina and resilience
  • Negotiation skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan work/Prioritise tasks
  • Time-management skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership ability
  • Flexibility and an openness to new ideas
  • IT skills
  • A professional approach to work
  • Integrity and a respect for confidentiality
  • Academic ability
  • Advocacy Skills

Jobs where a law degree would be useful

Some popular alternate careers for law graduates include:

If you are unsure about what you would like to do you may find using a career planning software such as Prospects Planner or TargetJobs Career Report useful. These on-line questionnaires will make suggestions of suitable roles based on your interests, skills and area of study. You can always discuss the results with a careers adviser by contacting the Careers and Placements Service. When thinking about how to make the most of the skills you do have for any job why not come to one of our effective application or CV workshops which you can book now through CareerHub.

Helen Meyer photograph

Helen Meyer is a Careers Advisor in the Careers and Placements Service at the University of Hertfordshire

Image Credit: Patrick Moore

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