A Law degree - not just for lawyers

29 Aug 2017 - Fiona Raleigh

It’s a common misconception that if you study Law, your only career option is to become a lawyer. However, a Law degree offers so much more than you might think. While it is obviously essential for lawyers and judges, it can also help you work in a variety of other areas. Here are just a few career paths which may inspire you:


From Abraham Lincoln to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, many famous US politicians studied Law before starting a career in politics. In 2010, a UK study by The Guardian newspaper found that around 14% of MPs were previously solicitors or barristers. Even former Prime Minister Tony Blair spent time studying Law.

You don’t have to become a politician, however, for a Law degree to be useful in politics. You could be a researcher who provides support on legislation. Alternatively, you could work in public relations and communications for the government.

Banking and finance

If financial institutions don’t follow the law, they encounter huge problems. That’s where you might come in. With a Law degree, you would be well placed to understand the many rules that apply to the financial markets. Whether you become an investment banker, a tax inspector or an accountant, law is an important aspect of this industry. It’s a bonus that careers in this sector are very well paid!

Charity sector

The third sector, which includes charities, foundations and NGOs, is an excellent career choice for someone with a Law degree. You could work for a law-related charity, such as Amnesty International, or become an advice worker, providing an invaluable service for people in need. You could even become an advocate for human rights, using your Law degree to make the world a fairer place!

Marketing and human resources

If you’re interested in marketing and have a Law degree, you could think about working in the Marketing department of a law firm or other legal organisation. Human resources (also known as HR) is an area of a business which looks after a company’s employees. With lots of employment laws to consider, having a degree in Law would make you very valuable in the world of HR.

There are so many transferable skills that you will learn during a Law degree and these can be applied to a wide range of rewarding careers and interesting industries.

How to study Law in the UK

If you'd like to study Law in the UK, but you don't quite have the grades to qualify, a Kaplan pathway course can help you reach the level required by your chosen university. We have partnerships with a number of universities that offer highly ranked Law degrees, taught by experienced tutors who are leaders in the field.

For example, the University of Nottingham is among the UK’s top 5 universities for Law (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). You can take a pathway course at the University of Nottingham International College to prepare for a degree in Law at the University of Nottingham.

The University of Glasgow is also highly regarded in the discipline – it’s 5th in the UK according to the Complete University Guide 2018. A varied selection of Law master’s degrees can be studied at Glasgow, including Socio-Legal Studies, International Law and Criminology & Criminal Justice. A pathway course at Glasgow International College can help you qualify to study a degree at the University of Glasgow.

The University of York is another Kaplan partner that ranks highly for Law (ranked 9th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2018). You can choose from a wide variety of Law degrees at York, and you can take a Kaplan pathway course at the University of York International Pathway College to help you gain entry to the University.

To find out more about studying Law in the UK, you can browse our course finder or speak to one of our education experts.

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