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Monday, 20 January 2014

Five jobs you can do with a law degree

Five jobs you can do with a law degree

Are you reconsidering a direct career in law? If so, you’re not alone. Many law students decide part way through their course that they’d prefer to take another direction in their career and whatever the reasons for your change of heart, the good news is there are other things you can do that will make use of the law knowledge you have attained.

It might even be that you do want to go into a law career but there simply aren’t any positions when you leave. It’s a competitive field and in some countries more students study law then there are positions available.

Having a back-up plan in case you struggle to find work once you’ve completed your degree is a great idea. The great thing about studying a Southampton Solent University law degree is you’ll pick up quite a range of different skills.

You can use these to get into quite a few different careers and here are five of them.

1. Counselling/advice worker

The communication skills and great analytical skills that you learn via a law degree come in useful within advice worker positions. This could include counselling or customer service advisors as being able to look at a problem and analyse it to find the best outcome is a really useful skill to have when helping people.

2. Legal secretary

Often seen pretty much as the bottom of the ladder in the legal world; being a legal secretary can actually get you a great start in the business. You’ll be in an ideal position to apply for any new legal roles as they come up.

3. Chartered secretary

Another secretarial role, a chartered secretary needs to have a really good understanding of both company law and business. If you’re interested you may want to take a look at the Institute of Chartered secretaries as they offer a qualifying scheme that would be useful to follow.

4. Charity management or administration

Do you have a particular interest in human rights? If so, working as part of the management or administration within a charity could really appeal to you. You’ll be doing something you enjoy while campaigning and raising money for a charity you believe in.

5. Police force

A lot of law students end up going into the police force. This is a fairly obvious career transaction if you’ve studied criminal law and while it is vital you understand the law when practising in the force, there are many other skills you’ll need too.

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