The University of Warwick is heavily targeted by a large number of national and international employers, and students from Warwick have a good record of obtaining employment in a broad range of fields. Law graduates in particular are much in demand by employers, and law firms and chambers are keen to recruit Warwick students. Every year there is a law recruitment fair, run by the Careers Centre, which is attended by at least fifty law firms who want to recruit Warwick students.
For those students who decide to opt for a career at the Bar, sets of chambers help with the mooting and the debating societies, so that students are aware of the opportunities at the Bar and build contacts within the profession. In recent years, the following top city law firms made individual presentations at Warwick:
- Allen & Overy
- Baker & McKenzie
- Clifford Chance
- CMS Cameron McKenna
- Jones Day
- Herbert Smith
- Kendal Freeman
- Norton Rose
- Slaughter & May
- Wragge & Co
Data on the destinations of Warwick Law graduates (2009) shows that almost half had gone into further study, with the majority choosing to start the LPC (Legal Practice Course) to become a solicitor. A significant number also went on to the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) to become a barrister.
However, not all Warwick Law students enter the legal profession; law is seen by many students as a good foundation for careers in a variety of fields. Some have chosen to enter the social area of law and pursue careers within international organisations such as the United Nations; others choose national or international non-government organisations, including charities. Others have chosen careers in accountancy, banking and the public service in the UK or the EU.
Some students decide to pursue further academic study, such as a Masters degree. The study of law at Warwick teaches analytical skills and the ability to organise a heavy workload, as well as giving students an appreciation of the way law operates within society. Students find that they are much in demand, as the intellectual rigour of the degree, combined with their own abilities make them very attractive as recruits for a wide range of employers.
Student Opportunity based in University House, is able to provide support tailored to students’ needs, including one-to-one appointments, workshops, mock interviews and resources online and in the Careers Hub. There is a dedicated careers consultant for law students, Anna Preston, who can help you make the most of your time at Warwick and assist you with choices for after your studies.
For further information please visit the Student Careers & Skills website.