What do LSE Law graduates do?

In 2011/12, 91% of undergraduate leavers and 93.7% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Law were in employment or completing further study six months after graduation.

Becoming a solicitor or barrister are common routes after a law degree, consequentially a high proportion of undergraduate leavers (56%) were completing the Legal Practice Course, Bar Vocational Course or overseas equivalent after leaving LSE.

A career in the legal profession is by no means the only option open to law graduates. Legal knowledge and the ability to analyse and solve complex problems are useful in many other job sectors including:

  • local and national government
  • banking and other financial services, including insurance
  • the media and publishing
  • personnel management
  • education (teaching and research)
  • IT services

The average starting salary of graduates from the Law department in 2011/12 was £27,500 for undergraduates and £47,400 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Law degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Employability skills

The ideal graduate has recently been defined as someone who is adaptive, responsible and reflective, as well as possessing high level analytical and problem solving skills. The study of law is associated with a number of these key skills, which have been identified as having both intrinsic value and as being regarded by employers as vital for the workplace, including:

  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Problem-solving and fact management
  • The ability to engage in independent research
  • The use of information technology
  • The ability to bring information together, analyse it and display critical judgment
  • Time management

Law places particular stress on the development of independent thought and analytical skills, and requires excellent communication skills, namely high levels of literacy and oral presentation. Consequently, students following law courses will be expected to undertake a great deal of independent work and independent thinking, as well as a good deal of reading and writing. They have to present the results of research both in independent work and in the context of group discussions. The need to come to terms with unfamiliar areas and materials facilitates reflective and adaptable skills, empathy and imaginative insight.

Students are also required to analyse the concepts, relations and values that underpin the law and to evaluate its wider impacts. Such analysis may involve reading not merely legal texts, but also historical, anthropological, economic, political and sociological work.

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