Careers and Entrepreneurship

Law

Find out what you can do with a Law degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Social and Welfare Services - Charity & Voluntary Sector - Teaching - Psychology - Public services

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Law graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Law graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 87% of respondents from Law were in work or further study. 75% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that Law graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: Mayo Wynn Baxter Solicitors - Moore Blatch LLP - Zurich Insurance - AIPS - Herbert Smith Freehills - Petherwicks - Old Square Chambers - Lawyers on Demand - LexisNexis - Equiniti - Travers Smith - DHL Express

Job roles: Paralegal - Legal Assistant - Trainee Legal Underwriter - Commercial Account Handler - Insurance Broker - Junior Barrister Clerk - Resourcing Adviser - Business Development Executive - Compliance Officer - Accountant - Parliamentary Officer

Further study: LLM Criminal Law and Criminology (Sussex) - LLM IT and Intellectual Property Law (Sussex) - LLM International Commercial and Trade Law (Sussex) - MSc Project Management (Sussex) - MSc Experimental Psychology (Sussex) - MA International Relations (Sussex) - MSc Law (LSE) - MA International Children's Rights (University of Leiden) - MSC Sports Business (University of Liverpool) - MA Performance Acting (Mount View Academy of Theatre Arts) - Police Training (Police Academy) - PGCE Primary (Herfordshire University) - LPC (University of Law, BPP University) - BPTC (University of Law)

More ideas

  • Your degree in Law - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Law graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

If you want to pursue a career as a solicitor or a barrister, you will need to gain work experience alongside your studies. Aspiring solicitors can apply for vacation schemes in their second year and aspiring barristers can begin accruing experience by doing mini-pupillages. Go to our solicitor and barrister sector guides for more information on gaining legal work experience.

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Law include analysis and interpretation, intellectual debate, interpersonal skills, problem solving, research, and self-management.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

Finding opportunities