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.
One to one support
The University's Careers Service offers extensive help to all students during your studies, and for up to 3 years after graduation. Our careers advisers can provide support with career aspirations in criminology, business and other sectors as well as the law.
Through the Careers Service you can:
In-house careers advice
We also offer students who wish to enter the legal professions in-house specialist advice from Louise Glover a qualified solicitor who works within the School of Law.
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. This dedicated careers support is available from the moment you accept a place on one of our courses.
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.
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.
Employability & Skills Initiative
We help students build the employability skills that employers value. We run our own programme of workshops and talks on Commercial Awareness, Developing Legal Skills and Mooting. We work with local, regional, national and international firms to offer employer presentations and first hand advice on applications, assessment centres and interviews. Participating employers have included:
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.
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.
“I started the Commercial Awareness Certificate to allow students the opportunity to better appreciate what attributes, skills and knowledge contribute to being more commercially aware. The certificate is a unique offering to the University of Sheffield, and allows for students to speak directly with legal and other commercial professionals about a wide variety of interests and topics.”
For any student who is looking to better develop their transferable, employability skills (whether guided specifically to the legal profession or not), taking part in this certificate is essential.”
Gareth Bramley, University Teacher and Founder of the Commercial Awareness Certificate
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Real world, real work
During your studies, you can join our growing number in-house and community-based volunteering schemes, which provide you with the chance to help and advise real clients.
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Yianni's 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.
The Programme’s eight components include;
We are delighted to have worked closely with major international law firms on a number of initiatives. These include:
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.
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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.
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:
Find out which extra-curricular activities can be included at www.sheffield.ac.uk/hear-search.
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