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What else can I do with law?

law jobs policeJust because you are studying law, doesn’t mean you have to become a barrister or solicitor. There are loads of other careers in which you can use your expertise.

A knowledge of the law is a great basis for many different successful careers.

Whether it’s the police, HR or teaching, read on to find out what doors your studies can open for you.

Probation service

Probation officers assess and manage the risks an offender poses to the community. It’s their job to reduce the chances of re-offending, make the offender aware of the impact of their offences on victims and help offenders reintegrate back into the community after they’ve carried out their punishment.

Find out more from the Ministry of Justice


Police authorities offer a number of posts that require a good knowledge of the legal system.

Police officers work with the public to make a difference in the local community. There are uniformed and non-uniformed roles as well as the opportunity to work with the British Transport Police and Ministry of Defence.

Find out more about becoming a police officer

The Law Commission

The commission hires law graduates as legal assistants to help keep the law under review. They take graduates on for a one-year fixed contract to work on current legal reforms.

Find out more about the Law Commission

HR and recruitment

A good knowledge of employment law would benefit someone working in this field. The types of opportunities available include personnel officers, who implement new policies relating to human resources within an organisation.

Find out more about becoming a personnel officer by visiting The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Writing and research

As a legal journalist you could write news and features about the industry as well as conduct research and interviews with interesting people.
For this career you need good interpersonal and communication skills as well as a nose for a good story.


If you have a passion for law and are good at inspiring others, then it’s worth considering a career in teaching. Most posts involve teaching at A level or in HE. If you have already done a degree, you can do a fast-track teaching qualification to teach at A level, called a PGCE.

If you want to teach law at university, find out what opportunities are available at individual law schools and universities. It is likely that you will need to study an MA and Phd in order to do this.

Regulatory services

Services such as the Health and Safety Executive and Trading Standards work in a range of areas and require an excellent understanding of legal and technical issues and practices. Other regulatory services roles including working as a patent attorney, advising on copyright, or a trademark attorney, advising on trademark rights.

Legal support

If you like administration and organising people, legal support roles like working as a court or barrister's clerk could be for you. Clerks schedule court commitments, liaise with solicitors, negotiate fees and delegate work. You would need to be familiar with court procedure and, if working for a barrister, be knowledgeable about the area of law the chambers specialises in.

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