The School of Law is committed to preparing you for a successful career; whether you decide to pursue a career in law, criminal justice or another field. The School and the University offer a host of opportunities for you to get involved with, from mock interviews with the Careers Centre, attending law and criminal justice careers fairs, or gaining additional experience. You will also have the opportunity to receive career mentoring, undertake volunteering through Leeds for Life or get in touch with our graduates for careers advice.
You will have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre who are on hand to support you from day one. They offer one-to-one support for creating your CV, searching for jobs and internship opportunities, application support and mock interviews, as well as specialist career discovery modules.
The School has two dedicated Employability Officers, Marika Hildebrandova and Mischa Wilmers who will support you with personal development and career planning throughout your time with us. As a student in the School of Law you will be able to book one-to-one appointments with Marika and Mischa to get advice on how to make the most of your time with us and to discuss your career aspirations.
Our Employability Officers also organise a number of opportunities for you to get ahead when it comes to applying for graduate roles.
- Career clinics
- Work shadowing opportunities
- Work experience opportunities
- Workshops on CVs and applications
- Talks by law firms or criminal justice employers
- Marshalling scheme with local courts
- Mock interviews with local law firms
- Bespoke open days at law firms
- Annual Law Fair
- Annual Criminal Justice Careers and Volunteering Fair
- Annual “Stay in Leeds” Law Fair
- Hogan Lovells Bursary scheme
The experience you gain at University, both as part of and outside of your studies, will help you to explore career options and gain the necessary skills to pursue your career of choice.
You will have a number of opportunities to help you get to where you want to be including the chance to:
- Study abroad to experience life in another culture. See the individual course pages to see whether this is available for your degree programme
- Gain work experience, getting you one step closer to your chosen career. If you’re studying BA Criminal Justice and Criminology or LLB Law you will have the opportunity to complete a work placement year
- Volunteer your time and develop new skills whilst helping the local community
- Put your legal and criminal justice skills into practice and work pro-bono
- Gain the quantitative skills valued by employers with Q-Step options
- Develop entrepreneurial skills with help from our Enterprise Centre
- Enhance your skills by taking part in negotiating, mooting or debating
- Broaden your experience with 300 student-led clubs and societies including both the Leeds Law Society, LawSoc, and the Criminal Justice Society, CrimSoc
- Share your experiences as an ambassador or mentor
- Gain leadership skills by becoming a student representative for your course
The Career Mentoring Scheme is an opportunity for second year students to be paired with their own career mentor who will assist with career planning and development.
Our mentors work in graduate positions across organisations such as law firms, the police and prison services, barristers chambers, the Civil Service, banks or charities.
Mentoring may involve:
- Mentoring sessions face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype
- Discussing career plans to get an unbiased, experienced view of your next steps
- Networking with your mentor’s colleagues to find out about alternative roles
- Gaining a realistic knowledge of various career roles and developing a personal strategy for success
- Receiving guidance on the interview and selection process.
Your personal tutor, who you’ll meet with regularly, will be involved with guiding your academic and personal development. Using Leeds for Life, they will encourage you to keep a personal and active record of all you have done and achieved. This will help you complete application forms and prepare for interviews.
The Leeds Network is an extensive network of alumni with a wide range of experiences, doing all kinds of jobs. Once you’re a Leeds student, you can contact selected alumni from the School of Sociology and Social Policy — or those in careers you’re interested in — to find out how they might be able to help you.
To get an idea of where some of our alumni have gone, check our prominent alumni page.