Published: 20 November 2019

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.

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At the University of Surrey, our programmes 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.

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.


"In my years at Surrey, I have competed in mock trials, and sought ways to advance my legal skills. I cannot wait to see how much more I can grow."

       – Joy Edogbanya, LLB Law


Careers with a law degree

Law graduates can be found in a number of workplaces including solicitors’ offices, local authority legal departments, nongovernmental 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.


"The career that I am pursuing is to become a solicitor, and I do believe that Surrey provides many opportunities and resources to benefit my exposure to this career path. They hold an ongoing series of keynote seminars where they have brought in solicitors to discuss their perspectives and offer invaluable advice into what the legal world entails."

       – Tobi Lawal, LLB Law


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 


"The endless support that I have received from Surrey's School of Law has allowed me to secure my training contract already, meaning I will be a qualified solicitor by the time I am 25!"

       –  Katie Newham, LLB Law with Criminology 


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

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