Career Planning

'Employability' lies at the heart of the Law School's work. We do a number of things to increase the employability skills of our students:

  • First, Professor Chris Newdick, who is a barrister, is a dedicated Careers Advisor. He provides regular 'employability workshops' with speakers from local, national and international businesses explaining the demands of their world and how to prepare for it.
  • Second, the Law School has appointed its own Fellow in Legal Services, Malcolm Head, managing partner of the Head Partnership in Reading. Malcolm (and a few of 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.
  • Third, we offer a wide range of Pro Bono opportunities outside the university. This happens, for example, through training to become a mediator.

Work ExperienceAll the opportunities on offer give unique insight and fantastic experience to our students. This combination of initiatives makes a real difference to a student's profile when eventually applying for employment.

Opportunities include (see Preparing for Work for further detailed information):

  • Resolve: dispute resolution training gives students valuable work place skills and allows participation in local mediation projects;
  • Streetlaw: students help local school pupils engage with legal topics;
  • Death Penalty Project: students volunteer with a national death penalty charity during their final year.

You will discover that studying Law at the University of Reading will equip you with the following highly transferable skills:

  • Critical analysis
  • Intellectual independence
  • Ability to absorb and synthesise complex material
  • Understand contemporary social issues
  • Written and oral presentation of objective argument
  • Independent research
  • Team-work

Most of our students enter graduate-level careers or go on to further study (including vocational study either for the LPC or the BVC). Prospective careers might include:

Solicitor/ Barrister/ Teacher (Primary, Secondary or Further Education)/ Police Force/ Accountancy/ Insurance/ Banking/ Film and Media/ Journalism/ Civil Service (Fast track)/ Human Resources

A selection of well known employers with whom our students have found graduate employment opportunities include:

Deloittes/ Price Waterhouse Cooper/ Treasury Solicitor's Office/ IBM/ Vodafone/ Rolls Royce/ HRMC/ Sainsbury's.

Things to do now

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