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What can I do with my degree in Law?

Other careers


A Law degree may be useful in the following career areas because the skills it develops are likely to be important to do these jobs. In some cases, your legal knowledge may also be valuable to employers.

Chartered Accountant

Chartered accountants are never limited to one discipline. You can take your career into a diverse range of specialist areas including auditing, corporate finance, forensic accounting and business recovery.

Prospects job profile:Chartered Accountant
Inside Careers:Chartered Accountancy
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Civil Service Fast Stream administrator

The Civil Service Fast Stream is a leadership development programme for those wanting to become senior leaders within the Civil Service.

Prospects job profile:Civil Service Fast Streamer
Read about the 15 different Fast Stream schemes

Human Resources Manager

Human resources officers develop, advise on and implement policies relating to the effective use of staff in an organisation. Responsibilities include hiring, developing and looking after employees. This involves functions such as training and monitoring performance.

Prospects job profile: Human resources officer
Chartered Institute for Personal Development: HR generalist roles

Human Rights Officer

Works for inter-governmental or non-governmental organisations ranging from the United Nations and Amnesty to small charities and campaigning bodies. The work may involve monitoring and reporting on human rights issues with a view to bringing them to the attention of decision makers, the media and the wider public in order to end human rights violations and provide justice to their victims. Human rights work is wide-ranging: for further information see.

Human Rights Careers and I Want to Work In Human Rights

Investment banker

Investment banking relates primarily to helping large organisations access the capital markets to raise money for expansion or other needs. Two main areas of interest in investment banking for graduates are typically Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Proprietary Trading.

Prospects job profile:Investment banker
Inside Careers:Banking and Investments

Insurance underwriter

Underwriters analyse risks and make decisions on whether or not to accept applications for insurance cover, and on what terms, with the aim of minimising the risk to their company and helping it to make a profit.

Prospects job profileInsurance underwriter
The Chartered Insurance Institute: Discover Risk


Library and information staff manage, organise, evaluate and disseminate information. In specialist libraries and information units, such as those in law firms and the Inns of Court or universities, law graduates may be able to use their subject knowledge directly.

Prospects job profile: Academic librarian
Prospects job profile: JPublic librarian
Job profile of a public librarian from the TARGET Jobs website
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals: Career support toolkit

Management consultant

In essence, a consultant’s job is to advise an organisation on improvements that can be made. Consultancy usually involves identification and assessment of a problem or analysis of a specific area, reporting findings and formulating recommendations.

Prospects job profile:Management consultant
Inside Careers: Management consultancy

Tax adviser

A tax adviser works with companies and individuals, trying to create the best tax strategies for them. The main areas of specialisation are corporate, personal, international, inheritance tax, VAT, National Insurance, and trusts and estates.

Prospects job profile: Tax adviser
The Association of Taxation Technicians
Chartered Institute of Taxation

Trade Mark Attorney

Trade mark attorneys advise clients about protecting and enforcing their trade mark rights and other intellectual property issues, such as copyright, registered designs and licensing.

Prospects job profile:Trade mark attorney
Institute of Trade Mark AttorneysHow to become a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Career in ideas: Trade Mark Attorney

For other career options relevant to law graduates Alternative Careers for Law Graduates

You may be interested in graduate roles outside of Law. Most employers are looking for graduates with good degrees but do not require a specific subject. To explore different career options see:


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Last Updated: 10/12/2021