Career Planning

Leading employability programme

The Law School puts special emphasis on careers and employability skills. Lawyers working on a caseReading Law School was ranked 7th in England for employability in the 2017 Times Good University Guide.

Our leading employability programme consists of a number of core elements:

  • A dedicated careers advisor, Professor Chris Newdick, a senior member of the academic staff and a barrister.
  • A specially-appointed Fellow in Legal Services, Malcolm Head (managing partner of the Head Partnership in Reading). Malcolm (and his colleagues) attends and contributes to lectures and seminars to highlight the connection between study and practice. His commercial insight provides a practical dimension to academic study. 
  • Regular careers workshops in which practitioners from a range of careers (who are often Reading LLB graduates) discuss what they do and how they got there.
  • Regular employability and commercial awareness sessions in which employers engage students in practical exercises illuminating the environment they work in.
  • Mooting and negotiation competitions, as well as an excellent pro bono programme, all of which contribute significantly to our graduate's career prospects, as well as being valuable in themselves.

In addition, the University's Careers Advisory Service assists students with careers in a range of subjects, including accountancy, journalism, financial services, the civil service and local government. It has developed a suite of software called "Destinations" in which students do a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). 

Outstanding Career Prospects

Law at Reading opens up a vast array of career opportunities. Most of our students enter graduate-level careers or go on to further study (including vocational study for the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course). As well as becoming solicitors and barristers, law students are sought after in the fields of education, the police force, film and media journalism, accountancy, insurance, banking and the civil service. Reading graduates have found work with Deloitte, Eversheds, Lewis Silkin, Shoosmiths, PwC, IBM, Vodafone, Rolls Royce, The Cabinet Office and HMRC.  

Transferable Skills

The LLB at Reading equips you with a range of transferable skills and attributes that are widely sought after by employers, including:

  • Intellectual independence
  • Critical analysis
  • Ability to absorb and synthesise complex material
  • An understanding of contemporary social issues
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills

Work Experience and Professional Collaboration

Our law students are given exclusive access to work experience opportunities with local and national firms and voluntary organisations, both paid and unpaid. A number of prestigious firms also generously support our pro bono activities, mooting, negotiation and mediation training and give careers sessions on the professional choices ahead. For more details, see our work experience page.

Recent supporters of these activities include:

  • Clintons LLP
  • Pure Property Law
  • SMQ Legal
  • Pitmans LLP
  • Boyes Turner
  • Clarkslegal
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Shoosmiths
  • Harrison Clark Rickerbys
  • Head Partnership


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