Brunel Law School
There are many opportunities available for Law graduates but the majority of Brunel students choose to pursue a legal career. Many professions welcome Law graduates and other options exist within the City, the financial sector and in business generally as well as community, housing and welfare. Other graduates use their degree as a route into careers where all disciplines are welcomed including recruitment, media, marketing and related occupations.
In 2011/12, six months after graduating:
52.6% of graduates with a first degree were in employment 28.1% were in full-time further study 10.5% were combining work and study
For many students the first step after graduating is on to an LPC course to train as a Solicitor, with a smaller number opting for the BVC to train for the Bar. However, with the increased cost of professional training, more students are opting to build work experience as paralegals first or simply to take other paid work for a year to finance their course, if they do not have a training contract or pupillage to provide sponsorship.
In 2011/12 Brunel Law School graduates were employed in the following positions:
• Case Handler
• Compensation Complaints Handler
• Compliance Officer
• Junior Legal Assistant
• Law Cost Draughtsman
• Legal Clerk
• Legal Executive
• Prison Officer
• Reinsurance Claims Handler
• Trainee Solicitor
In 2011/12 Brunel Law School graduates entered further study courses such as:
• MA Banking & Finance
• MA Politics & History
• NVQ Social Care
• PGCE Primary Education
The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.
Placement leavers from Law experienced the following outcomes:
- 91.8% progressed into employment or further study
- 70.8% of employed leavers were working in the top three categories of graduate level employment
- The average starting salary was £24,286
The graduate labour market remains competitive and relevant experience is increasingly required for graduate level jobs. For those without related experience job search strategy is often about getting a ‘foot in the door’ in order to compete for graduate positions later. As a result some Law graduates were working in entry-level occupations such as Legal Assistant/Intern in order to gain experience before progressing into professional training/study.
A growing national trend is for many students to delay their job applications until completing their studies, preferring to focus on achieving the highest grade possible. This can result in some graduates initially continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. As a result some graduates were working in non-graduate level positions including sales, customer service and administration.
The DLHE survey provides a snapshot of a very short amount of time (six months) after graduating and while many have progressed into relevant graduate jobs others are taking time out, travelling, waiting to start a course or continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. Many graduates have moved on in their careers since completing the questionnaire.