Law graduate destinations

A degree in Law continues to be very attractive to a wide range of employers from both the legal and non-legal sectors. As well as displaying a high academic ability, University of Bristol Law students develop a range of skills including analysis, problem solving, and precise written and oral communication skills. Employers are impressed by the broad spectrum of transferable skills graduates have developed during their course and through their extra curricular activities.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Law courses (LLB), including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 162 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 75%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 39%
Part-time work 4%
Due to start work 2%
Full-time study 41%
Part-time study 1%
Travel 7%
Something else 1%
Unemployed 5%

Sector information

Of the students who decide to continue in the legal profession, the majority become solicitors practising in London as well as a range of provincial centres.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Law 28
Wholesale and retail 6
Finance and insurance 5
Hospitality 4
Public sector 3
I.T. 3
Other sectors (11 sectors) 15

Other graduates choose to enter careers that do not require a specific degree, as around 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline.

Examples of employers

  • Citizens Advice
  • HM Treasury
  • Foot Anstey
  • Irwin Mitchell

Examples of occupations

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Administrator
  • Future Trainee Solicitor
  • Policy Adviser (Civil Servant)
  • Generalist Adviser

Further study

A high proportion of Law graduates enter into further study either full time or alongside their employment. Of the 2016/17 graduates:

  • 33 chose to study for a Legal Practice Course
  • Four opted to study for the Bar Professional Training Course
  • Twenty two started other postgraduate courses, including Law (LLM), Commercial Legal Practice (MA) and Law, Business and Management (MSc)
Qualification typeNumber of graduates
Postgraduate research degree 0
Postgraduate taught degree 20
Postgraduate certificate 1
First degree 2
Other certificate 0
Professional qualification 38
Other qualification 0
No qualification aim 0

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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