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Careers in Law

LSE Careers provides support for students at every stage of their university life

Meet LSE Careers

Whatever stage you are at, LSE Careers has a wide range of events and support to help you progress your career ideas. Careers consultants, Livi Shaw and Kirsty Whitelock work closely with the Department of Law so do keep an eye out for them over your time at LSE.

Your starting point

Everyone arrives at LSE with different career ideas and motivations. Some students are at the start of their careers and some have previous experience. LSE Careers provides support and works with you, regardless of what stage you are at.

Early career stage

Not knowing what you want to do after graduating is completely normal. Equally, some may think they have a clear idea and then change their minds at a later date. Careers are not set in stone! When thinking about the right career for you, it’s important to first figure out what’s important to you. Working on understanding your own values and skills will enable you to make a decision that’s based on your needs and wants, rather than those that surround you.

You can explore your motivations and values in a one-to-one appointment with a careers consultant (usually Livi offers appointments in the Department of Law on Tuesday afternoons for undergraduate students and Kirsty on Wednesday afternoons for postgraduate students).

Also, LSE Careers’ Work it out programme explores how to find meaningful work.

Some ideas

If you have a few career ideas or you’d like to explore your options, there are are a wide range of career programmes (e.g. Discover International Development, Careers in Creative Industries, Public Sector and Policy week, Meet an Alum) and events (Life outside the magic circle coffee morning, Law careers panel, Criminal justice networking, Life as a Barrister) that take place across the academic year that are open to all students.

Experienced hire or career changer

Do you have several years of work experience or are you using a law degree from LSE to help with a career shift/change? LSE Careers runs seminars on CVs for experienced hires and seminars on how to make career transitions.

Appointments and events can be booked via CareerHub.

Explore and Experience

Once you’ve got a few ideas that you’d like to explore, it’s helpful to get some work experience to test out how you find the work, both the tasks and activities and also the workplace and sector itself. To help you find work experience and internships you might like to make the most of the following:

  • Recruitment events including LSE Careers’ careers fairs
  • Employer and alumni insights including presentations and coffee mornings
  • LSE Volunteer Centre
  • The LSE Careers webpages on finding internships and part time work

Prepare and Practice

When you’ve found an opportunity you’d like to apply for, consider whether you’d like to take up any of the support LSE Careers offers:

  • CV, cover letter and application workshops
  • Book a practice interview with Livi or Kirsty
  • If you’re applying for a legal role, sign up to a case study workshop
  • Attend a mock assessment centre