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At UCL Laws, we provide a range of services to help you take the next step after finishing your studies

With a degree from UCL Laws, you’ll have the right knowledge and skills to pursue a career in law, but if that’s not the path you’ve chosen, studying with us will give you the experience and expertise to succeed in a range of careers in areas such as financial services, government and business.

While you’re here, you can take advantage of our dedicated Careers Consultant, Stephen Gurman, to help you get started on your career journey with one-to-one advice sessions, CV and application checking, and practice interviews.

In addition to providing careers guidance, Stephen liaises closely with employers to ensure that the bespoke events programme offered to students reflects the latest trends in the market in addition to the needs of the students.

Stephen also writes for the UCL Law Careers Blog and the Law Careers Blog on the Careers Group website.

You can keep up to date with upcoming careers activities and opportunities with our regular student newsletter, and make sure you don’t miss out on important events like the annual UCL Law Fair, offering you exclusive access to the recruitment partners of all the major law firms.

The UCL Law Society also runs a series of careers and networking events throughout the year, giving you plenty of opportunities make new connections and build valuable relationships for the future.

One-to-one advice

As a student at UCL Laws, you can make an appointment with our Careers Consultant to receive one-to-one careers guidance or arrange a practice interview.

The appointments are available between Mondays and Thursdays during term time, and held in Room 408, Bentham House. All appointments are confidential.

This twenty-minute session can be used to discuss a range of issues, from making applications, decisions about life after UCL and planning next steps, exploring options related to your degree and gaining new skills, to what to expect at interviews or assessment centres and how to market your degree, skills and experience to employers.

How to book an appointment

Bookings can be made online up to 7 days in advance using your My UCL Careers account. If you have any questions about the online booking system please contact UCL Careers at careers@ucl.ac.uk or on 020 3549 5900.

Once logged in, use the ‘I want to… / Make Appointment’ option and select ‘UCL Departmental Appointment’ from the list of options to check appointment availability.

Due to high demand, you can only book one appointment at a time. If you try to book multiple appointments, only the earliest appointment will be recognised and any bookings on subsequent dates will be automatically deleted.

Practice interviews 

If you’ve been invited to any type of interview, you can ask for a Practice Interview. This role-play exercise will help you practice typical interview questions for the role you’ve applied for (including vacation schemes, training contracts, pupillages and roles outside of legal careers) and help you to work on your interview technique.

You’ll receive feedback on your performance during the session and have chance to address any other concerns you have about the interview process. We aim to make practice interviews as similar to the real thing as possible, so you must have a real interview invite before booking.

How to book an appointment

To book your Practice Interview, download and complete the booking form from the UCL Careers website, and return to careers@ucl.ac.uk.

Resources

There are lots of resources available to help you get started with applications, prepare for interviews and market your degree and your experience to your future employers.

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Aptitude and psychometric tests

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Log in to our online library to download our range of help sheets on psychometric tests which are also available to collect from UCL Careers. 

Useful legal publications

Legalweek: for the latest news from the legal world
The Lawyer: for the latest news for student lawyers
Lawcareers.net: includes a detailed list of training contracts and pupillages
Prospects: the UK’s official graduate careers website containing a sector overview and descriptions of different roles within the legal sector

Becoming a barrister

The Bar Standards Board: information on qualifying as a Barrister

Becoming a solicitor

Solicitors Regulation Authority: information for students about qualifying as a solicitor
The Law Society: the representative body for solicitors

Current vacancy listings

UCL Careers
If you know what your next steps are going to be and what you're looking for but need support with finding the best places to search for opportunities, UCL Careers can help.