UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes

A Career in Law

Our LLB degree will equip you for a number of career paths – in the legal profession, in government, the social services, business or industry. Many law graduates go on to become barristers or solicitors even though they may not have entered university with that in mind. Of UK leavers available for work or study, close to 90% enter further study or employment. Over half these enter further study, with the majority choosing the LPC route. Those entering employment directly do so in a variety of fields where their degree is an asset. Whatever your hopes are for your future career UCL can offer excellent careers advice and assistance to help you reach your goals.

Within the Faculty of Laws at UCL we have a dedicated Careers Consultant. The Careers Consultant is available to all law students for one-to-one sessions on making career decisions, CV and application checking, advice regarding work experience and internships, gaining skills and marketing your degree to employers. Practice interviews can also be arranged with the Careers Consultant, who will provide feedback during the session to improve your interview technique.

The UCL Student Law Society runs an excellent series of careers evenings throughout the year, with receptions and talks from all the major city law firms, government legal services and accounting firms and barristers chambers. The UCL Careers Service runs the annual UCL Law Fair, which is exclusive to UCL students, and offers access to the recruitment partners from all the major firms.


Routes into Law
Training to be a solicitor or barrister is divided into three stages:

  1. The academic stage - this part is covered by your LLB Degree
  2. The vocational stage - either the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors or the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) (formally the Bar Vocational Course) for barristers
  3. The practical stage - either a two year training contract for solicitors or 12 months pupillage for barristers

Sources of further information
The Law Society
The Bar Council


This page was last modified on 9 October, 2013
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