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What can I do with my degree in Law?

Further study


Further academic study

A postgraduate degree in Law will allow you to specialise in an area of interest to you, such as International Law, Human Rights or Environmental Law. Although, in many cases, this specialisation will be relevant to a future career in the legal profession, law firms do not always regard a postgraduate degree as giving any significant advantage over an LLB and, even with a Master’s or PhD, you will still need to undertake the Legal Practice Curse, Solicitors Qualifying Exam or Bar Professional Training Course.

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Professional study

If you are planning a career as a lawyer, you will need to gain a professional qualification: The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) /Legal Practice Course for solicitors, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers or the CILEx Graduate Fast-Track Diploma. The SQE is a new system of exams introduced in 2021 that all prospective solicitors will have to pass to qualify. From 2021, it will no longer be required to complete a law degree or law conversion and the Legal Practice Course (LPC).
These courses can be taken full or part-time and are offered by a number of providers around the country. Some employer sponsorships or scholarships are available. For further details of these courses, course providers and the application procedure, see:

Legal Practice Course

Solicitors Qualifying Exam

Bar Professional Training Course

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Other careers, some, such as or law, will require further study for a relevant professional qualification. In some careers, such as journalism, a postgraduate degree is not a requirement, but may be an advantage, while there are many careers that will put more emphasis on personal skills than on academic qualifications.

The job profiles section of the Prospects website will tell you whether postgraduate study is essential, useful or not needed for a specific career.

There are many reasons for choosing to continue into postgraduate study. Whatever your motivation, you need to consider issues such as your suitability, funding options for postgraduate study and to enable a fully informed decision to be made.



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Last Updated: 10/12/2021