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Southampton Law School

Careers and Employability

At Southampton Law School we offer students an exceptional level of academic, personal legal and employability skills support.
The personal development programme starts in year one, alongside team building and mooting opportunities. In year two the employability skills, Streetlaw and pro bono programmes commence, developing vital presentation and crucial legal skills.

Over the course of three years, LLB students develop a thorough mix of subject specific and technical competencies, as well as transferable core skills. These are essential, and when linked with experience derived from paid work, work experience, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport and membership of societies, ensure Southampton Law School students complete their studies as well rounded graduates, 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.

Mooting

Mooting

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

View information on opportunities for our students in a range of areas including voluntary work, experience, networking and more.

 

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.

 

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