Careers in law

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Information for law and non-law students considering a career in the legal profession.

Want to find out about becoming a solicitor or barrister, whether or not your first degree is in law? Not sure about where to look for work experience or how to apply for training contracts or pupillage? Need help with applying for the LPC / BPTC?

Use the links below to access a range of resources to help you. There are also links for anyone considering alternative careers within or beyond the legal profession:

Legal services resources

Make use of the ‘Information Resources’ section which lists law directories and handbooks available in the Careers Service and essential law websites for law and non-law students.

What's on

Search the What's On Diary regularly using "law" as your keyword. We have an extensive range of talks, workshops and employer presentations as well as one of the largest law fairs in the country. Check for external fairs and events happening outside of Sheffield.

Need further advice or information?

Visit the Careers Service at 388 Glossop Road, Sheffield where we have copies of law publications are available for reference or take away.

Come and talk to us

Careers Advisers offer brief advice sessions morning and afternoon in semester. Call into the Careers Service or phone us on 0114 222 0910 for more information. If you have an information query, ask one of our Information Specialists. They are experts in retrieving information on a whole range of enquiries.


We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary, and vacation work, a number of which are law-related. Students and graduates can register and login.

Don't Want to Be a Solicitor or Barrister?

Our law briefing on the right hand menu provides information on alternative careers for anyone who wants to work in a legal setting but not as a qualified lawyer.

Careers with my degree

Not sure you want to be lawyer, or just curious about the alternatives? Use our Careers with my Degree section to explore other options.

Email enquiry service

If you find it difficult to visit the Careers Service, contact us via our Email Enquiry Service. Just fill in the form explaining your query as fully as possible.


Bar professional training course

Barrister - the basics

Career choices with law

Commercial awareness

International law

Law applications

Law interviews

Law work experience

Legal Fair

Legal Practice Course

No training contract

Non-law students

Skills for lawyers

Solicitor or barrister

Solicitor - the basics

Training contracts and pupilages

Working as a paralegal

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Commercial awareness

Converting to law

Getting the best out of the Legal Fair

Law work experience

No training contract

Qualifying as a barrister

Qualifying as a solicitor