Published: 07 February 2022

Top jobs with a law degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in law, and discover some of the jobs Surrey law graduates have secured over the past few years.

At the University of Surrey, our courses in the field of law are taught by experienced legal practitioners, enabling students to gain a strong understanding in a wide range of legal subject areas. Our students benefit from the School of Law’s extensive industry links with the legal community and unparalleled Professional Training opportunities. In addition, the School of Law offers students experiential learning opportunities through its Access to Justice, Business Start-Up and Digital Law Clinics

A degree in law can lead to a variety of interesting careers. The combination of negotiation, problem-solving and analytical skills that you will develop throughout your degree will ensure that you graduate with the skills you need to take the lead, whatever career you decide to pursue.

Surrey graduates are highly sought after with 93 per cent in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes report 2021). This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Careers with a law degree

Law graduates can be found in a number of workplaces including solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, non-governmental organisations and corporations.

Jobs directly related to a law degree include:

  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Paralegal
  • Law officer
  • Legal Analyst
  • Litigation officer.


However, a degree in law will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These include:

  • Data analyst
  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Journalist
  • Researcher
  • Trading standards officer
  • Patent attorney.

Law graduate jobs

Our law programmes boast an incredibly high track record for graduate employability, with our graduates entering a variety of exciting careers. In recent years, our law graduates have secured some fantastic roles including:

  • Paralegal, Shoosmiths
  • HR Case Manager, Ministry of Justice
  • Litigation Legal Secretary, Lee and Company solicitors 
  • Legal Analyst, Ministry of Defence
  • Residential Property Paralegal, TWM Solicitors 
  • Case Worker, National Centre for Domestic Violence 
  • Liability Claims Handler, AXA  
  • Legal Assistant, Betteridges 
  • Litigation Negotiator, Byron Carter Solicitors.

Many of our graduates continue their studies to expand their legal knowledge, while others have chosen to explore research opportunities with our Law PhD.


"I would certainly recommend a Professional Training placement to future students. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience that many of your peers will not have and it allows students to get fully immersed in a working environment and get some hands-on experience that would be impossible to obtain through a short-term work experience or vacation scheme."

– Cameron McCoig, LLB Law


Discover more about our law degrees, our award-winning Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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