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School of Law

Law Careers Service for Undergraduates

QM Law Careers Fair at Queen Mary
QM Law Careers Fair at Queen Mary

We recognise that the majority of our students study law because they are looking to enter the profession after graduation. As such, Queen Mary invests a lot of resources into specialised careers events, such as law fairs, workshops and the opportunity to network and apply for placements through the student societies, Legal Advice Centre, and  Queen Mary’s Careers and Enterprise team. A Queen Mary law degree is well regarded by City firms, and will give you a solid foundation for a career in the legal sector.

Soon after you enrol at Queen Mary, you will meet the dedicated law adviser from the Careers Team, who is regularly available throughout your studies for one-to-one advice and support sessions.

Of course, not all of our students want to be lawyers and there are plenty of chances to explore other career options too. You can find out more about the careers services.

What happens after my degree?

Although the qualifying law degree (QLD) is the first step in becoming a lawyer, you will be required to participate in further training after you graduate. You will receive further guidance on how to apply for this during your time at Queen Mary.

Reed Smith has been pleased to work closely with Queen Mary for a number of years, in a variety of ways, and we have recruited their law students into both our summer vacation and training contract programmes. The university attracts and produces a diverse range of high-quality and motivated students who we have found to meet the skills and qualities we are looking for in our recruits.
— Lucy Crittenden, Graduate Recruitment Manager, Reed Smith

What happens after my degree?

Although the qualifying law degree (QLD) is the first step in becoming a lawyer, you will be required to participate in further training after you graduate. You will receive further guidance on how to apply for this during your time at Queen Mary.

Legal Fortnight

The Undergraduate Law Careers Team hosted a 2-week series of events in October 2020, to help students explore their career options, network with alumni and strengthen their application skills.

Legal Fortnight included workshops, panel events and skills sessions with representatives from leading law firms, as well as barristers, journalists, recruiters and alumni.

Legal Fortnight highlights included:

  • Exploring where your law degree can take you, with representatives from the BBC, Reed Smith, Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and 4 King's Bench Walk
  • Choosing a firm that suits you, featuring Bates Wells Braithwaite, Simmons and Simmons, Family Law in Partnership, Harbottle & Lewis and Squire Patton Boggs
  • Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Baker McKenzie, Covington & Burling, Jones Day and Slaughter and May discussing vacation schemes and training contracts
  • Getting your foot in the door; developing skills and finding work experience
  • Exploring a career at the Bar, with a presentation from The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple followed by a panel discussion with trainee and practicing barristers
  • Needham Poulier, Family Law in Partnership, Duncan Lewis, Mishcon de Reya and Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors discussing non-corporate law practice areas
  • A number of application key skills sessions delivered by Baker McKenzie, Hogan Lovells, Slaughter and May, Travers Smith and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Reed Smith Business Skills Programme

Global law firm, Reed Smith LLP, run four business skills masterclasses throughout the academic year, covering essential skills for professional life. Students receive a certificate on completion of all four sessions.

Queen Mary Law Fair

Every autumn, students from the School of Law have the chance to meet recruiters and employees from leading law firms and law colleges at the Queen Mary Law Fair. This year’s fair featured representatives from over 25 different firms.

Extracurricular activities brochure 2020-21

There are many opportunities for law students to develop their legal and transferable skills, both on campus and externally. For more information on the activities available to School of Law students, view our brochure for Extracurricular Activities for Undergraduate Law Students 2020 – 2021 [PDF 1,502KB].