Careers and employability

Our students are highly employable, and successful graduates can look forward to a number of career paths.

We are committed to encouraging you to develop the skills to make positive career decisions, from year one through to after you graduate.

Our Employability Programme runs throughout the year, for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting with the Employability Conference in September, with skills-based workshops and a chance to meet employers.

What do Law graduates do?

You might already have an idea of what you want to do after your degree, be it further training for a legal career, or further study for legal research or teaching.

A law degree offers a range of transferable skills that can reach far beyond the legal profession, and our graduates secure a wide variety of roles after graduation.

Our recent law graduates are currently working in/as:

  • barrister, solicitor, and judge appointments;
  • academia;
  • finance;
  • media and communications;
  • healthcare;
  • police and probation services;
  • housing and property management;
  • central and local government;
  • human resources.

Further career ideas and support is available on the Prospects website



Our careers programme

Our timetabled sessions provide you with excellent opportunities to learn about various career pathways, including careers in the legal profession and the public and private sector.

You will also meet leading professionals and engage in skills workshops, including drafting CV's, finding work experience, interview skills, and successful networking.

Our Careers Service also offers specialist CV clinics and drop-in appointments. 


The value of developing your network early cannot be overstated.

The people you meet at the beginning of your undergraduate degree could be the people that employ you three years later, and we will help you make these connections.

We offer employment support activities including events and collaborations with law firms around the country, as well as societies which will help you develop essential transferable skills.

Career Management Skills course unit

Study the Faculty of Humanities Career Management Skills course unit as a free choice unit to gain academic credits, meet employers and develop your employability skills.


Gain dedicated support with career choice, job-hunting and developing the skills and experience employers want.

As a University of Manchester Law postgraduate, a wide-range of exciting careers are within your reach.

You could become a high profile specialist in fields as diverse as:

  • finance;
  • healthcare;
  • criminal justice;
  • business;
  • central government;
  • the legal profession.

Access to employers

Various employers participate in on-campus presentations, talks and workshops, and mentoring schemes, enabling you to learn more about your ideal job from an expert currently working in the field.