Careers and Employability

Our students graduate into a wide variety of careers. Many students enter the legal professions while others use the transferable skills gained from our degrees to pursue other opportunities. We aim to offer career support that broadens students’ knowledge of the options open to them and encourages students to plan their development to achieve their ambitions.

Employability & Skills Initiative

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We help students build the employability skills that employers value. We run our own programme of workshops and talks on topics including Commercial Awareness, Legal Technology and Mooting. We work with local, national and international Law firms to offer employer presentations and first-hand advice on applications, assessment centres and interviews.

We also offer practice interviews given by experienced law firm interviewers, many of whom are alumni of our Law School, ranging from partners in global international firms to specialist regional and local firms.

Commercial Awareness Certificate

The Commercial Awareness Certificate is offered as part of the Employability & Skills Initiative. Commercial awareness is an essential skill that allows all lawyers to better understand and thrive within any business environment. This certificate incorporates a series of workshops designed for those who are interested in developing the skill of legal commercial awareness, both for the benefit of academic study and to assist in gaining employment.

In-house careers advice

School of Law Careers Advisor Louise Glover

Louise Glover, the academic Employability Lead for the School and a qualified solicitor, offers a weekly drop-in session for students studying in our Centre for Professional Legal Education or final year undergraduates who are planning to enter the legal professions.

Before joining the School, Louise trained and worked in City law firms, was a partner in a Legal 500 firm based in Berkshire and currently practices on a consultancy basis for an international law firm.

Students on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the MA Law interested in becoming barristers, can seek advice on applying for the Bar Professional Training Course and Inns of Court Scholarships. Aspiring barristers have the chance to network with qualified and pupil barristers at our pupillage events.

Additional Support & Opportunities

From the beginning of your course you are encouraged to think seriously about your future after graduation. To maximise your chances of success, the School of Law offers a number of opportunities to develop employability skills, network with employers and volunteer in our pro bono schemes. 

One to One Support

The University's Careers Service offers extensive help to all students during their studies, and for up to 3 years after graduation. Our careers advisers can provide support with career aspirations in law, criminology, business and other sectors.

Through the Careers Service students can:

  • book one-to-one careers appointments

  • receive guidance with CVs, applications and interviews

  • attend careers-related events

  • develop skills

  • find job vacancies

  • access careers information and resources

Pro Bono 

During your studies, you can join our growing number of in-house and partner pro bono schemes, which provide you with the chance to help and advise real clients.

Opportunities include:

Future Trainee Programme

Interested in a career as a commercial solicitor?

Yianni's Future Trainee Programme can help you secure a training contract with a leading international law firm.

Yianni's Future Trainee Programme logoThe Programme’s eight components include;

  • Academic support

  • Legal Career and Legal Sector Knowledge

  • Commercial Awareness

  • Networking

  • Applications

  • Interviews

  • Assessment Days

  • Vacation Scheme Guidance

Professional links

Bartolome House Moot Court Slaughter and May PlaqueWe are delighted to have worked closely with major international law firms on a number of initiatives. These include:

  • provision of funds and facilities for the School such as our Slaughter and May Moot Court

  • sponsorship of courses or modules

  • cash prizes

  • scholarships for individual student excellence

Our Criminologists also have excellent connections with senior criminal justice professionals across the world including judges, lawyers, academics, local and national government, non-governmental organisations, police and probation services.

We regularly invite national and international researchers as well as expert practitioners from the fields of law, criminology, finance and business to seminars and workshops. We encourage you to attend these sessions because they will broaden your horizons, help you to develop your own networks and allow you to draw even greater benefit from your programme of studies.

Broaden your horizons

In addition to the support offered by the School, the University runs a number of schemes aimed at preparing you for a successful career.


Students have a chance to network with a professional doing a job that interests them through the Careers Services’ eMentoring scheme. We are fortunate to have the support of many alumni of the School of Law who are passionate about supporting our students and who participate in the scheme.


A mentor can offer you:

  • Insight into their job, the skills required and the challenges they face

  • Advice on how to gain and present relevant experiences to employers

  • Support with CVs , interview tips, networking and getting 'work ready'


Global Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS)

GLOSS provides undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Faculty of Social Sciences with a pioneering range of international opportunities. You can engage with international policy; pursue international research; and take action in the field of international development.

Case study

Through the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI), LLM student Yuma Osaki was invited to attend the G7 Summit as a Policy Analyst.

Read more about about Yuma's experience


Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

The SURE scheme offers The University of Sheffield's undergraduate students an opportunity to become directly involved in the research activity of the University, take part in "real life" research projects in subject areas that are of special interest, and experience what it's like to work in partnership with academic staff or collaboratively in a research group.


Case study

Project: Women’s Right to Choose in EU Law

Laura Robinson with Tammy HerveyMy SURE placement was genuinely an incredible experience. I was able to work alongside leading academics on a project that could potentially have had a far reaching impact for women.

Laura Robinson, LLB Law 2016

Read more about Laura's research project

Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The HEAR is a nationally recognised electronic record for undergraduates, detailing their academic and extra-curricular achievements at Sheffield from day 1 through to graduation. This means that you can use it to help you review your progress and plan what you want to achieve at university, e.g. with your personal tutor or a Careers Advisor.

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Consider taking advantage of opportunities to gain HEAR recognition for activities you undertake outside the curriculum. Extra-curricular activities counted as part of HEAR include:

  • Involvement in our internal pro bono schemes (FreeLaw, MJRC, CommLaw & Criminal Justice Initiative)

  • Personal Support Unit involvement

  • Student ambassador volunteer

  • Employability and Skills Initiative (E&SI)

Find out which extra-curricular activities can be included at

Postgraduate Advantage Scheme

Postgraduate Advantage Scheme LogoPostgraduate students in the Faculty of Social Sciences are eligible to take part in the Postgraduate Advantage Scheme (PAS): 100 hour internships to enhance your CV, develop your skills and give you practical work experience during your degree. Students receive a bursary to cover expenses such as living and travel arrangements.

It gives taught postgraduate students the chance to gain work experience with companies that may not normally be able to provide internships including:

  • charities

  • community groups

  • social enterprises

  • small commercial firms

  • public sector organisations

Law students have previously undertaken internships for Sheffield City Council and Citizens Advice Bureau.

I like the opportunity to apply what we are learning on the course to a 'real life' situation. It is good experience to put on my CV and talk about in a job interview, and a chance to improve my confidence in my ability to put what I am learning into practice.