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 158 UK graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 65%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 55%
Self-employment/freelancing 1%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 1%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 2%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 25%
Taking time out to travel 3%
Caring for someone 1%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 8%
Doing something else 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
Legal activities 29

Other education


Other social work activities


Justice and judicial activities

Accounting, bookkeeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy 3
Other sectors (26 sectors) 38

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

  • Magic circle law firms: Allen and Overy, Clifford Chance LLP, Freshfields Bruchhaus Deringer LLP, Linklaters LLP and Slaughter and May
  • National Centre for Domestic Violence
  • Motor Ombudsman
  • Deloitte LLP
  • HSBC Bank Ltd

Examples of occupations

  • Paralegal
  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Legal Assistant
  • Audit Associate
  • Primary Teacher

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 2%
Other qualification 9%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

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