15 months after graduating
of our law graduates are in work or further study
81% of our law graduates are in highly skilled work or further study
90% of our law graduates agree that their current activity is meaningful*
There are two main routes to practice law professionally: a Legal Practice Course (LPC) postgraduate qualification for solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers. In order to undertake either course you must have an undergraduate Qualifying Law Degree
(QLD) or have completed the postgraduate Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Currently if you go
down the LPC pathway, when you complete the course you then apply for a paid
training contact with a law firm.
However the LPC is due to be phased out by a new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) (from September 2021 provisionally). So this will become an alternative pathway.
Training barristers undertake pupillage
training after the BPTC course, usually for a year. The
BPTC course is being replaced with new flexible training pathways (provisionally from Sept 2020)
your LLB Law degree can offer many different career paths beyond becoming a
barrister or solicitor. You
could use your diverse legal knowledge to engage with the public, through Citizens
Advice, the media or welfare sector. Data scientists and forensic computer
analysts share the key skills that Law graduates possess, as attention to
detail and analysis of complex information are paramount. HR is also a valid
path for those interested in expanding their knowledge of employment law.
Since specific career paths may be less obvious it is
important to use your research skills to explore the range of opportunities and
to consider your personal interests, motivations, values and strengths.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to law
graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can
make informed decisions about your future.
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of
Plymouth law graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For
some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping-stones’ to professional posts by
providing relevant workplace experience.
- Graduate Management Trainee
- Law Tutor
- Self employed English as a Second Language Teacher
- Civil Litigation Paralegal
- Legal Assistant
- Legal Intern
- Clinical Application Analyst Coordinator/Principal Trainer
- Insurance Broker
- Senior Sales and Events Executive
- Bright Solicitors
- Charles French and CO Ltd
- Competition and Markets Authority
- CST Law (Credit Style Limited)
- Eleanor Rockett
- Insight Law
- Landi English
- Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
- Serious Fraud Office
- Shakespeare Martineau Solicitors
- South Devon College
- The Family Law Company
- The Wellcome Sanger Institute
- Whittit Insurance
- Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
* Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were
surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 26
UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working,
studying or looking for work.