Law graduate destinations
From the moment our students start, they get careers information and advice - from employers, our careers team, and their tutors. So by the time they graduate, they will be equipped with the experience, contacts and skills to succeed in their chosen careers.
Graduate career opportunities
Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. These extend further than the traditional careers of solicitor or barrister.
Some go directly into legal roles including:
- Trainee Lawyer.
- Legal Associate.
- Legal Adviser.
- Legal Claims Handler.
- Litigation Executive.
Others go into graduate jobs in areas including business management, insurance, finance, recruitment and teaching.
Over a third (41%*) go into further study – at UWE Bristol and farther afield. These tend to be on specialist legal courses as below, and some students choose non legal courses such as PGCE:
- Solicitors - Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
- Barristers - Postgraduate Diploma Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
Top graduate employers
Graduates who complete our professional legal training find graduate jobs in law firms and barristers' chambers in Bristol, London and elsewhere. Examples of large employers who recruit UWE Bristol law graduates include:
- Irwin Mitchell.
- Burges Salmon.
- Osborne Clarke.
- Charles Russell.
- Ministry of Justice.
- Co-operative Legal Services.
- DAC Beachcroft LLP.
- RAC Motoring Services.
We also have employer partners who help shape our courses; give careers presentations and advice; and provide placements and work experience.
Placements and work experience
Work experience is vital in today's crowded jobs market. And while our students are here, we provide one-to-one support to help them find experience that fits their career plans.
- As well as help finding a placement, we prepare students for this at employability workshops.
- Students can get valuable legal experience volunteering at our award-winning Pro Bono unit.
Specialist careers support
Sector specific careers advice is available for each department.
Students can come along to daily careers drop-ins and workshops or schedule a one-to-one coaching appointment with our dedicated Careers team. Students have access to online resources including the UWE InfoHub vacancy search engine and Careers toolkit supporting students to find jobs and providing help with the recruitment processes. Meet the Employer Fair, Employer-led workshops and industry insight and networking events occur throughout the academic calendar giving students the opportunity to engage with employers directly.
We also arrange specialist law workshops and events including the Law Fair, BPTC CV Clinics and Aspiring Solicitors.
And it doesn't end when our students graduate. Alumni can access our careers services up until three years after graduation.
* Source: HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016.