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Law careers service for undergraduates

Whether you want to qualify as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales, work in an NGO or go into policymaking, the Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise service is here to help you explore your options and give you the tools to  succeed beyond your LLB. Find out what support is available to you during your time as a student and once you graduate.

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

Soon after you enrol at Queen Mary, you will meet the dedicated law adviser from the Careers Team, who will inform you of the resources, events, programmes and one-to-one support available throughout your studies . You can also benefit from this support for up to three years after you graduate, should you need it.

We recognise that many  of our students choose to study law because they are looking to enter the profession after graduation. As such, Queen Mary invests many resources into specialised careers events, such as alumni panels,, workshops with graduate recruiters and the opportunity to network and apply for placements through the student societies, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, and Queen Mary’s Careers and Enterprise team.

Of course, not all of our students want to be lawyers and there are plenty of chances to explore other career options too.

Legal Week

The Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise service hosts a series of events spread over a week in October, to help students explore their career options, network with alumni and strengthen their application skills.

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

Example sessions include:

  • Exploring a career at the Bar, with a presentation from The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple followed by a panel discussion with practicing barristers
  • Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Eversheds Sutherland, White & Case, Irwin Mitchell and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner discussing vacation schemes and training contracts
  • Getting your foot in the door; developing skills and finding work experience
  • Exploring alternative training pathways with Accutrainee, CILEX and Freeths
  • A number of application key skills sessions delivered by leading law firms, including Ashurst and Hogan Lovells.

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 Careers Fair

Every autumn, students  have the chance to meet recruiters and employees from leading graduate recruiters, SMEsand law colleges.The last  fair featured representatives from over 80 organisations, including law  firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Reed Smith, Ropes & Gray and Latham and Watkins

What happens after my degree?

Although an LLB can be 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.

Extracurricular activities brochure

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 Undergraduate Law Extracurricular Brochure [PDF 1,320KB].

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