Non-law careers for law graduates

After graduating you may realise you no longer aspire to a legal career. This article offers suggestions on alternative career options that are likely to appeal to law graduates.

  • Last updated Jun 10, 2019 10:07:26 AM
  • Billy Sexton

Just because you do a law degree doesn’t mean you have to follow a career as a lawyer. We’re keen to stress that you’re not letting anybody down by not becoming a lawyer. Perhaps you decided that law wasn’t for you but you recognised the value of such a prestigious degree and completed your course anyway. Or maybe you never wanted to follow a career in law but find it interesting and wanted to study it.

Alternatively, you could be one of the law graduates who are struggling to get yourself onto a training contract. You shouldn’t kick yourself about this, as there are thousands of other law graduates in exactly the same position as yourself – in 2013, there were 5,302 training contracts and some 20,070 students reading law. So what other career could you do with a law degree?

Transferable skills

A law degree provides you with a vast array of transferable skills, including the ability to research, analyse and write up an argument. Additionally, if you’ve taken part in law society mooting, you’ll have the experience of working with others and any degree will provide you with awesome time management and organisational skills.

As you can probably guess, graduates who possess these skills (hint: you) are in demand. If you’re looking for a stimulating career other than law, let us provide with a tidy list and you can see what takes your fancy.

Alternative careers


Politics seems an obvious alternative route for law graduates. Whether you decide to join the Civil Service, formulating policy and new laws, or decide to work for an MP or political organisation as a researcher, the industry is one that will always be around (unless we collapse into a state of anarchy!) and is forever on the hunt for talented graduates.


Finance and accountancy firms will value the knowledge you picked up throughout your studies and we recently featured how to change career path to insolvency. For more information on finance careers, check out our sister website,


Teaching is a popular route for all graduates, not just those who studied law. You’ll need to study for a PGCE before being fully qualified. Alternatively, you could take part in the Teach First programme which allows students to do two years of teaching before having the option to take up a training contract interview in the first round.


A career in admin shouldn’t be frowned upon, particularly when you could become a company secretary. This would require you to manage and develop company legislation and regulations.

These are just a few careers you could pursue as a law graduate. If you want a complete career change, or just want to browse through some more ideas, have a click through

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