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Durham University

Durham Law School

Employability and Career Options

(Figures for Durham University overall)

Durham Law School is one of the UK’s most globally distinguished law schools. A leading centre for legal education and research, we pride ourselves on delivering a world class education and student experience. Our students are prepared for success – Durham Law School’s small group tutorials and the University’s collegiate system provide more individualized support to best target student development.

Durham Law School graduates are today on the UK Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, in Government and leaders of the legal profession both at the Bar or as solicitors. We are an affiliate law school of Aspiring Solicitors supporting a wide diversity of exceptionally talented students. The range of skills learned provide an excellent preparation for Law and non-Law careers in industry and education. According to Chambers Student, we are a top three UK law school for careers in Law and rising.

Of those students who graduated in 2017:

• 81% are in paid employment or further study 6 months after graduation

Of those in employment:

• 88% are in graduate level employment
• Median salary £24,750

(Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2016/17 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found

Employability development

The Law School and University host regular events providing opportunities for students to develop their employability across every year of study. These events offer insight into the skills needed for a wide variety of legal and non-law careers.

Our guidance extends to applying for vacation schemes or mini-pupillage and other work experience opportunities, as well as applying for further study. The University’s careers advice does not stop at graduation, but continues afterwards to further support the success of our graduates.

Professional recognition

Durham Law School’s LLB and LLB (Year Abroad) are qualifying law degrees permitting our graduates to pursue opportunities for qualifying as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales with a full exemption from the Common Professional Examination (CPE). 

Durham Law School Alumni

Durham Law School is proud of its alumni community, with many former students now excelling in a range of different professions. Durham Law graduates have become prominent figures in the legal profession, whether in the judiciary, at the Bar or as solicitors, and have also forged successful careers in business and the third sector.

"Durham Law Students achieve a wider international vision and a better understanding of clients' business.”

Hogan Lovells, Law Firm

Through tutorials you are given the opportunity to have your views interrogated by pioneering legal experts and your peers, which is a challenging but very rewarding experience.

Luke Brewer, 2nd year LLB student