Employability and careers
At the School of Law, we believe in thinking beyond your degree to thoroughly prepare you for your future career. As such, 97% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE, 2017).
We place great emphasis on employability skills and experience to help set you apart from other graduates.
work experience opportunities
Gain a competitive edge over other graduates with a valuable industry placement. Our dedicated Work Experience Opportunities scheme aims to help you explore potential career paths and strengthen future job applications. Law graduates do not always decide to follow a traditional legal career and so we strive to provide a good selection of placement options across a range of working environments.
In recent years, work experience providers have included:
|City law firms||Thames Valley law firms|
|Barristers Chambers (in London and Manchester)||In-house legal counsel|
|Not For Profit charities||Research-based organisations|
tailored employability programme
To help you succeed in your future career, we have designed a programme of skill development and experience opportunities to complement your academic study. Dr Stuart Lakin, a member of academic staff and barrister, is the careers link who helps to organise regular careers workshops which feature practitioners from a range of fields discussing what their work involves. The School of Law also arranges employability and commercial awareness sessions where employers use practical exercises with students to illustrate the legal work environment.
Our popular mooting and negotiation competitions, and excellent pro bono programme, all contribute significantly to our graduates' career prospects, as well as being important learning exercises.
"Mooting is great, especially for first years. If you want to be barrister, or just want to improve your public-speaking skills, it's excellent practice. Mooting was, by far, my best experience as part of the Law Society.”
gain transferable skills
Our undergraduate course gives you the ability to develop a wide range of transferable skills and attributes that are highly sought after by employers. These include:
an ability to absorb and synthesis complex material
understanding of contemporary social issues
and excellent written and oral presentation skills.
"I liked the whole independent study idea, and independent research and learning. I believe that those are the sort of skills that are very transferable when you go into any career."
A recent CBI Education and Skills Survey found that "employers focus above all on the attitudes and aptitudes that will enable graduates to be effective in the workplace", including teamwork, analysis, literacy and communication skills - all of which you will develop as part of your law degree at Reading.
We encourage all students to engage with the many opportunities offered by the University of Reading Careers Service. This includes the University's Employability Award — the 'RED Award', the 'Thrive' mentoring scheme for second-year students, and paid experience through the 'Reading Internship Scheme' and 'UROP' summer research programme — all of which are open to our Law students. The Careers Service also organises the annual Law Careers Fair, which is exclusively for our students to attend.
"The Careers Service and University of Reading Law Society work together closely to bring our students the annual Law Careers Fair, where we welcome law firms and related organisations onto campus to talk to our students and promote their vacancies.”
superb career prospects
97% of our students are in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE, 2017). Studying law at Reading can open up a wide range 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.
Examples of past graduate employers include:
|Norton Rose Fulbright||Clifford Chance|
|Boyes Turner||Blandy & Blandy|
|Taylor Vinters||Hogan Lovells|
|The Cabinet Office||IBM|