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Finding out about alternative careers

Kajal Kandeth, LLB Law student

This year I became a member of Queen Mary Law Society’s Alternative Careers Department. The QMUL Law Society started this department in the hope of introducing law students to other careers, and to show them that there are different options available to them rather than merely the conventional routes.


Picking a career can often be a difficult process; a law degree offers many possibilities, therefore it is important to make an informed decision. Although students may find through their research that ultimately a training contract or a pupillage is the best choice for them, I believe that it is important to consider alternative options.

In order to aid students we produced a booklet outlining the various schemes on offer, with overviews of different career paths in areas such as publishing, finance, teaching and the civil service. This booklet is available in the reception of the Law Building, and will be sent to new Queen Mary undergraduate students in October. We hope that the booklet will help students gain an insight into alternative careers and will form the basis of their research.

The department also successfully organised a panel event and a speed networking session. We hope to recreate this success through similar events in the coming year, including sessions focusing on one sector, for example legal publishing. I look forward to meeting those of you who are joining us in October at these events.