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Careers and Employability

Southampton Law School is exceptional in having thorough and well organised academic and personal, legal and employability skills programmes. The personal development programme starts in year one, together with team building and mooting programmes. In year two the employability skills, Streetlaw and pro bono programmes commence.

Over the course of three years LLB students develop a good mix of subject specific and technical skills, as well as transferable core skills. These are essential, and when linked with skills and experiences derived from paid work, work experience, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport and membership of societies, Southampton Law School graduates are highly sought after by legal and non-legal employers.

Pro bono

Pro bono initiatives

Popular with aspiring barristers and solicitors alike and an excellent way to enhance your CV.



Students argue cases in simulated courtroom surroundings in front of local barristers and judges.

Making yourself employable

Law students must learn how to write and speak confidently, concisely and precisely. Students need to pay close attention to detail and to check and research all facts. Analysis and problem-solving abilities are also developed.

For those who want to enter the legal profession, it is important to join the Law Society and the Inns of Court Society and to participate in their activities. These usually include guest speakers, moots and debates.

Legal work is increasingly global: at Southampton there are several opportunities for students to take part in exchange programmes and meet incoming students from international jurisdictions.

Whilst at university, it is important to gain as much relevant experience as possible through vacation placements, mini pupillages or informal work experience with, for example, smaller solicitors’ firms, law centres, citizen’s advice bureaux, the courts service or in-house legal departments in large organisations.

Lord Justice Fulford Marshalling Scheme

Southampton Law School is delighted to announce that students Anna Leatham and Amber Athill are the first successful applicants for the prestigious Lord Justice Fulford Marshalling scheme. The scheme provides two second year law students with the opportunity to gain one week of court marshalling experience with Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Fulford, and a bursary to enable them to undertake this opportunity. This is an extremely valuable experience for aspiring lawyers and Southampton Law School is grateful for the philanthropic support of Lord Justice Fulford, an alumnus of the University of Southampton. Find out more about the scheme


If you need any career advice, our Careers and Employability Co-ordinator is the go to person. She is constantly updating you with career opportunities, skills workshop, volunteer positions and meet and greets. This is especially helpful for first years, as you will be exposed to different law firms in England.

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