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Careers support

We provide a range of services to help you take the next step in your career after finishing your studies.

Our in-house dedicated Careers Consultant, Stephen Gurman, has a wealth of experience working with legal, business and financial industries and will provide you with expert advice to help you get started on your career journey.

Bespoke advice

You can sign up to one-to-one advice sessions which cover: 

  • Exploring options related to your degree
  • Planning your next steps after graduating
  • Gaining experience through internships, placements and mentoring schemes
  • CV writing and making applications
  • What to expect at interviews and assessment centres 
  • How to pitch your degree, skills and experience to employers
  • Pursuing further study or an alternative career route outside of law
  • Funding sources for professional courses.

Book a one-to-one appointment via myUCLCareers

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.

Book a Practice Interview appointment

Training workshops 

Stephen Gurman hosts a number of workshops covering career options with your degree, how the recruitment process works, experience and skills required, what recruiters look for and how you can best positions yourself to make an outstanding application. 

Mentoring scheme 

One-to-one mentoring is one of the best ways you can learn how to develop the transferable skills and global competencies which employers are looking for.

Working together with UCL Alumni Relations and Careers Extra, you can apply to our skills-based alumni mentoring programme which connects you with experienced graduates to help them develop the competencies, values, and professional habits which will allow them to thrive in any career. Applications open early on in the Term 1.

Pro bono opportunities 

You can take part in pro bono opportunities co-ordinated by the UCL Centre for Access to Justice. This will develop key skills which you can put into practice in your future career. Through volunteering, you can gain an awareness of social justice issues, explore new areas of law, and make a valuable contribution to the local community.  

View current pro bono opportunities

Careers events 

The annual UCL Laws Careers Fair is an excellent opportunity to meet with employers and law firms before submitting applications for internships or training positions. Students can also attend events and talks hosted by UCL Careers, designed to develop employability skills and explore different sectors. 

The UCL Centre for Access to Justice co-ordinates a number of events to introduce students to careers in social justice or public interest related fields.

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

Our alumni go on to work in a range of specialist areas and industries, including outside of law. The latest survey data* reveals: 

What do UCL Laws graduates do?

  • 65.3% were in graduate-level employment
  • 18.2% were in higher study
  • 4.8% were in other work or other study
  • Of those whose main activity was work, 9.1% were running their own business, or were self-employed/freelancing

    Which industry sectors are the most popular?

    Of those whose main activity was work:

    • 59.1% went into Law
    • Other popular sectors include Accountancy & Financial Services, Academic Research & Higher Education, and Policy & Government

    What job titles do UCL Laws graduates have?

    Of those whose were in full-time employment: 

    •  62.2% had jobs related to the legal profession
    • The most common job titles were:
      • Solicitors and lawyers – 31.3%
      • Legal professionals n.e.c – 17.4%
      • Legal associate professionals – 7.8%
      • Barristers and judges – 5.7%
      • Higher education teaching professionals – 6%
      • Business and related research professionals – 2.2%

    Which organisations employ UCL Laws graduates?

    • Companies which employed UCL Laws graduates include major law firms, the UK government, investment banks and charities
    • Examples include: Dentons, Clifford Chance LLP, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Slaughter and May, Linklaters; American Express, PwC, KPMG, NatWest; Cancer Research UK; and various government departments in the UK and around the world.
    *Source: Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-19. UCL Laws students who graduated in 2019 were surveyed 15 months after graduation. 308 out of 600 graduates responded (response rate: 51.3%).

    View our alumni profiles to see where some of our community have gone on to work.

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