Overview: Studying for a Law degree at Queen’s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Law.
Although a large percentage of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in Law, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Management Consultancy: £20,000 - £30,000
- Corporate Banking: £20,000
- Purchasing Offier: £21,000
- Export Marketing (NI Programme): £15,000
- Publishing, Media and Performing Arts: £16,000 - £25,000
- Fast Stream Civil Service: £24,500
- Law Enforcement and Public Prosecution
- Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 UK Graduate Recruiters/ AGR Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
Employer Links – Consultations: The Law School at Queen’s has a long and well established tradition of regular consultation with legal professional bodies, employers etc. This includes, for example, The Law Society of Northern Ireland, The Law Society of England and Wales, The Law Society of Ireland, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and employers from significant legal and other professional firms or organisations (see examples in placements and other employer links below).
Placement Employers:Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
- The Council of the EU
- The European Commission
- The European Parliament
- The United Nations (UN)
- The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
- The Council of Europe
- Thomson Reuters
Other Employer Links:Top international law firms, including the “Magic Circle” law firms, i.e. Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Slaughter & May, and many more.
Graduate Careers and Achievements: Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include many famous figures; for example:
Lord (David) Trimble - Former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Member of the House of Lords;
Right Honourable Sir Brian Kerr - Justice of the Supreme Court of UK and former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland;
John Larkin QC – Attorney General for Northern Ireland
Mary McAleese – Former Irish President;
Lord Eames - Former Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland;
Anthony Watson, CBE, Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn.
Zoe Salmon - Former Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter;
Sonia Mac - Cool FM radio DJ;
Carolyn Stewart - U105 Presenter;
Wendy Austin - Radio and Television Broadcaster;
Tim McGarry - Member of the Hole in the Wall Gang;
Damon Quinn - Member of the Hole in the Wall Gang;
Michael McDowell - Member of the Hole in the Wall Gang;
Ciaran Hinds - Actor;
Kieran Goss - Singer/Songwriter;
Trevor Ringland - former member of Ulster and Irish Rugby Squads;
David Humphreys - former member of Ulster and Irish Rugby Squads;
Peter Dornan - Former Irish League Footballer.
You should also take a look at www.prospects.ac.ukfor further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Law Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Law graduates. Students can choose to progress to a vocational course (Solicitor or Barrister course) or can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics, see: the QUB Law School website.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.