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Careers and Employability
“Keele Law School educates its undergraduates not only in the discipline of law but orientates them to the modern market for legal services. This has inevitably led to success for both students and the department.”
(Boyd Morwood, 9 St John's Street, Manchester)
At Keele Law School we work hard to ensure that you have every opportunity to develop key employability skills and a distinctive set of graduate attributes, both of which will strengthen your position in seeking employment when you leave Keele.
Keele Law School has excellent links with the legal profession and other sectors as well. Many of these links have been developed through our alumni networks and thus offer students the opportunity to interact with leading law firms in a much more personal way than is typical in Law School/graduate-recruitment interactions. We make use of these links through a variety of events and work placement opportunities, including:
- Mentoring Opportunities with the local profession and high-profile City based alumni.
- Regular Alumni-Student Networking events (Berrymans Lace Mawer, Pinsent Masons, DLA Piper and on campus events)
- Sponsorship of School Prizes including some with work experience attached (Browne Jacobson, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Knights, Mills & Reeve, mfg, Pinsent Mason, Prince Evans and Sidney Lee).
- Involving firms in curriculum review – Knights (UG Commercial Law), CMS Cameron McKenna & Mayer Browne LLP (International Law LLM), sgh Martineau for International Environmental Law
- Visits by Law firms, members of the Bar, and other graduate recruiters. Recent visitors have included Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Mills & Reeve and Inner Temple
- High quality work experience with Law firms and Community Advice organisations through CLOCK – the Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele
- Active and enthusiastic Careers Service
Keele Law graduates have an unusual degree of flexibility in terms of career options. Through our close links with the University’s Careers Service, you will be supported in your career planning at an early stage in your degree – from lecturers involving careers staff and outside speakers to one to one appointments. Students are encouraged to make full use of the dedicated legal careers workshops offered throughout the year by the Careers Service, the Law School and the Student Law Society in combination with LPC/BPTC providers, legal professionals and speakers from other professions and industries. There is also a member of academic staff with particular responsibility for Careers & Employability within the Law School itself.
- In 2014 over 60% of students taking the LLB route secured 1st or 2(i) degrees. This academic success and the support throughout your degree enables students to build successful careers or progress to further study. Our most recent statistics saw just over 93% were in paid employment or engaging in further study.
- Our high profile graduates include past President of the Law Society, Fiona Woolf CBE, High Court Judge Sir Peter Coulson, QCs and partners at leading law firms including Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Pinsent Masons and Berrymans Lace Mawer. Recent graduates have secured training contracts at firms including Addleshaw Goddard, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Bond Dickinson, DLA Piper, Hill Dickinson, Pinsent Masons, Shoosmiths and many others [Learn more about our graduates].
- Other graduates have pursued careers in other fields including the police, army, financial services, retail and management and teaching, or continue their academic work with further postgraduate study [Alumni employability].
We provide numerous opportunities embedded into modules and the co-curriculum for students to develop key graduate capabilities, helping them to prepare for life after university. Law modules are designed to develop the essential skills of analysis, reasoning and clear presentation of facts and legal arguments. Because the law is always changing, students will have to develop a capacity for responding to new challenges, and this produces a flexibility and precision that will assist students when seeking employment. The following guide has been produced to assist students in identifying these skills and planning for their future Career [graduate roadmap]
Securing Legal Work experience is an important part of developing your understanding of the legal profession and strengthening your chances to secure employment in this sector post-graduation. Keele Law School is exceptionally well placed to help you do this. By drawing upon the research carried out by members of the Legal Education and Professional Practice research cluster, and by making use of the strong links with senior members of the legal profession through its alumni networks, Keele Law School ensures that students are informed about the importance of work experience, know how to go about securing it, and provides students with opportunities for work experience.
For further information and guidance on the importance of Legal Work Experience, see the lecture by Professor Andrew Francis.
There are a number of key ways in which students have access to legal work experience opportunities at Keele:
- Community Legal Outreach Collaboration Keele
- Prizes with Work Experience as part of the prizes
- Ad-hoc opportunities with alumni, which are advertised to students
Postgraduate and Other Careers
The School of Law offers a wide range of exciting postgraduate taught modules, and has an active community of legal researchers covering topics in healthcare law, international law, legal education and the legal profession, and gender, sexuality and the law. If you would like to further your academic study of the law see our webpages on PGT and PGR.
In addition to the traditional legal careers, graduates from the Law School have pursued careers in a variety of fields, including the civil service, police, army, teaching, management, retail, consultancy, finance and accounting.