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Durham Law School


Students with a postgraduate degree from Durham Law School are in great demand from the legal sector. We average about 93% of our postgraduates securing graduate-level employment within only six months after leaving Durham. The average salary was about £31,000.

While most graduates enter the legal sector, others gain employment in finance, government, lobbying, public administration, real estate, manufacturing and defence.

Additional career development

Throughout their programmes, our students are given the opportunity to attend in-department employability talks, skills workshops, employment evenings and careers fairs organised by the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. The student law societies here in Durham are increasingly focused on the future and hold a variety of networking events, to which the organisers invite many renowned legal minds to share their expertise.

Students are encouraged to attend and participate in national and international conferences as a matter of course and such events give them the chance to network with legal specialists outside of Durham.

In addition, a substantial number of the Master's theses and doctoral dissertations produced by our students are published in journals. The prestigious Durham Law Review is edited by the students themselves and has included articles by Nelson Mandela and former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Weeramantry.

Work Experience

Many of the Durham University law societies offer students the opportunity to gain real world experience through pro-bono work and outreach projects. Students are widely encouraged to apply for summer internship programmes and work experience at the top legal firms.