Choosing a law firm or chambers
It is important to think about the type of law you would like to practice and the environment in which you would like to work. Lawyers generally choose to practice within one of these two broad areas:
- Personal services - including conveyancing, divorce and family matters, human rights, wills, criminal, medical negligence and personal injury
- Commercial work - including mergers and acquisitions, business transactions and disputes, employment, intellectual property and insolvency
Environments in which you could work as a lawyer include:
- Private practice - including large Magic Circle firms, high street firms and sole practitioners
- In-house - based in the legal team of a large company or organisation
- Local Government - advising local authorities on the services they provide to the public
- Crown Prosecution Service - prosecuting cases in the criminal justice system
- Government Legal Service - advising ministers and civil servants
Use the sources in Suggested Links to research firms suitable for you, and to help you find a training contract, pupillage, vacation scheme or mini pupillage.
What else do Law graduates do?
The skills gained during a Law degree are highly valued and transferable. Many graduate jobs are open to graduates from any discipline so there are wide ranging options available. Common roles and sectors the Law graduates consider include:
- Human Resources
- Welfare and Benefits Advice
- Governance and Compliance
- Banking and Finance
- Civil Service
- Graduate Management Schemes
- Criminal Justice
For further help and advice planning your future take a look at the Choosing Your Career section.